Louisville has been selected to receive the 2012 Jack Olive International Compassionate City Award by the Compassionate Action Network International Institution in Seattle. The city will be honored as the “World’s No. 1 City of Compassion” in ceremonies Wednesday and Thursday in Seattle. Mayor Greg Fischer plans to be in Seattle to accept the award, and during the trip will meet with several Seattle-based companies about development opportunities in Louisville.
At the award ceremonies, Louisville attorney Tom Williams, who is co-chairman of Louisville’s Partnership for a Compassionate City, will be presented the Jack Olive International Heart of Compassion Award. Also, Louisville’s Spalding University will be recognized as the world’s first “Compassionate University.”
Pursuing his pledge to make Louisville a more caring city, Mayor Greg Fischer signed a resolution committing to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign on Friday, November 11, 2011. Fischer's action means that Louisville is recognized as an international compassionate city, the largest city in America with that distinction.
The Compassionate Louisville resolution was approved Thursday, November 10, 2011 by the Louisville Metro Council and signed the following day by Fischer at a ceremony held next to the Abraham Lincoln memorial in Waterfront Park.
"Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens," Fischer said. "There's a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting."
Compassion can take many forms, Fischer said, ranging from shoveling snow from the sidewalk of an elderly neighbor to helping read to a struggling student. He urged individuals and organizations to begin planning now for the Give A Day week of volunteer service, April 15-22, 2012.
"Earning an international reputation as a city of compassion will help set Louisville apart, identifying our community as a place where people want to live, and companies want to locate and grow their business," Fischer said.