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6 F I T 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 FIT Louisville's volunteer organizations So you're eating right, exercising regularly and feeling pretty healthy, you say? Good for you! Here are three local organizations that promote community health and could use your help. Girls on the Run Louisville What they do: Each spring and fall, this national organization's local chapter offers 10-week-long after- school programs for girls in grades three through eight at 20 local schools. The programs are designed to be fun, teach life skills and encourage physical activity. "The girls learn social and emotional skills they need to handle diffcult situations, such as peer pressure and bullying," local director Terri Tucker says. Volunteer coaches lead the girls in weekly running workouts to prepare for a 5K run/walk at the end of the program. What they're looking for: coaches and assistant coaches (head coaches must be women, but men and women can be assistants) to lead 10- week programs, "running buddies" to run or walk with each girl on 5K day and volunteers to hand out medals at the fnish line. Louisville Grows What they do: Louisville Grows promotes urban gardening and forestry through a variety of initiatives. Two of the organization's programs — the People's Garden and Shippingport Memorial Garden in Portland — provide fruits and vegetables for people living in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh produce. Some of the produce is for sale at farmers' markets, some is donated to food pantries and some is distributed to restaurants, grocery stores and nonprofts via the Urban Growers' Cooperative. Executive director Valerie Magnuson says plans for a health education center in Portland are in the works for the upcoming year. What they're looking for: volunteers to help with garden upkeep, including pruning fruit trees, making potting soil, mulching and planting. In the spring and summer, there are weekly volunteer workdays at the two gardens. Wellspring What they do: Wellspring provides temporary and permanent housing for people with chronic and severe mental illnesses. Programs include short- term crisis stabilization houses with a psychiatrist and counselors on staff to provide intensive treatment; housing where support is provided while residents recover from mental illness and/or addiction; and permanent subsidized housing. What they're looking for: volunteers to paint rooms in the housing units or to help maintain garden areas, and donations of household items to create a more comfortable, homelike environment in the apartments. Executive director Kathy Dobbins says the organization is also looking for certifed yoga instructors to help expand a Humana grant-funded program for resident yoga classes.

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