Author, UofL students to join forces to serve community


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — What if a book could ignite a cause? UofL students, inspired by the university’s Book-in-Common program, are taking to heart the lessons learned from the bestselling book “The Other Wes Moore” and putting their feet to the ground Sept. 19 to help the community.

    More than 100 UofL students—along with Moore, community leaders and middle school students from the West End School—will participate in a 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. outreach program in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. Working in small teams, the volunteers will canvas the neighborhood to talk with and survey residents, conduct a community needs assessment, pick up litter, photograph the area and document their work through social media.

    The event will begin with a 2:30 p.m. gathering at the West End School and will conclude at 6 p.m. at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club. Moore will be available for media interviews between 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club.

    After the service event, Moore will return to Belknap Campus to deliver the 6:30 p.m. keynote address for the Book-in-Common program at Swain Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Room. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be obtained at

    The service project is sponsored by Café Press; UofL’s First Year Initiatives, i2a, and Engage.Lead.Serve programs; and community partners Boys and Girls Club, Councilwoman Attica Scott, Network Center for Community Change and West End School.

    For more information, contact Christy Metzger, director, First Year Initiatives at 502-852-3200 or

    Brandy Warren
    Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.