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Robert Half Makes Christmas Brighter for Patch Youth

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Robert Half International hosted a Christmas Party for 50 of the most active children and youth involved at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House on Tuesday, December 17th.  This was the second year in a row that Robert Half partnered up with The Cabbage Patch to make Christmas brighter for children and youth, some of whom live below the poverty line and do not get to experience Christmas in the traditional sense. “For many of our clients, Christmas is not the most enjoyable time of year,” said William Rasinen, Manager of Recreation/Youth Development Programs at The Cabbage Patch. Volunteers and staff from Robert Half organized a fun-filled evening that included food from Chick-Fil-A, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, and El Nopal and fun games for every age group. There was even a surprise visit from Santa Claus and the Chick-Fil-A cows.  Several lucky winners were able to walk away with some fabulous raffle prizes that included a karaoke machine, scooters, bicycles, and even a 32″ television! Those who didn’t get their name drawn for a raffle prize didn’t walk away empty handed: each child at the party received a bag of toys thanks to generous donations from many of Robert Half’s many clients.  “It is important to our company to give back to our local communities,” said Amy Russell, Client Service Director for Robert Half. “The Cabbage Patch Settlement House’s mission to equip and empower at-risk children, youth, and their families to be self-sufficient by helping them reach their full potential is one we truly believe in. Hosting a holiday party for the children of The Patch is a wonderful way for our Louisville employees to come together and make the holidays a little brighter for the kids.” “Robert Half was able to leverage their connections and resources to put on a spectacular event for these children,” said Rasinen. “The Christmas Party they have organized is far and above what we would be able to do without the time and talent of these volunteers and the resources they bring. They are a blessing to our kids.”   Robert Half  & The Cabbage Patch would like to thank the following for their donations of time and resources to make this party possible for the children and youth we serve: Chik-fil-A, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, El Nopal, Value Market,  GrindMaster, Sterling Thompson, Auto Owners, Conveo, Target, DNR Group, Farm Credit Union, Blitz Manufacturing, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Wal-Mart, The Glass Doctors, Fast Line Credit, Nuplex, and Beam Global. See a full album of pictures from the Robert Half Christmas Party on...

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Oxmoor & Progressive Team Together, Give Patch Family “Recycled Ride”

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Oxmoor & Progressive Team Together, Give Patch Family “Recycled Ride”

Good things do happen to good people. At least they do when Oxmoor Auto Group and a local team from Progressive Insurance are involved.

Two months ago, Progressive & Oxmoor teamed together through a nationwide community service project called Recycled Rides to repair and donate a recycled car to a deserving local family. Then they called The Cabbage Patch to see if we had a family we could recommend.

Stephanie is a hard-working mother to 11-year-old Aaliyah. For more than a year, Stephanie has struggled with problems with her 2001 Dodge Neon. With no air conditioning, a broken heater, and electrical problem that constantly drained the battery, the car was becoming undependable, and the costs to repair the issues amounted to more than the value of the car. Stephanie works diligently as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local hospital, but the loss of reliable transportation could eliminate her ability to get to work and possibly jeopardize her job.

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The Cabbage Patch on WAY-FM’s “Community Spotlight”

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Stories from The Patch, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Cabbage Patch on WAY-FM’s “Community Spotlight”

Tracy Holladay, Executive Director, and Charissa Acree from The Cabbage Patch Settlement House talked to local radio station WAY-FM about our work to profoundly change the lives of children and families. The interview aired on November 10th. You can listen in below.      ...

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Performing Arts Build Confidence

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

This summer, parents and friends were amazed when tiny little Anna walked into the middle of the stage and clearly and confidently said her lines in front of a packed audience of parents, siblings, and friends from The Cabbage Patch. “She is usually so shy!” her mother said. Now, Anna is 10 years old and blossoming into a good little actress in the Performing Arts Program at The Patch. This summer, she played a lead role in several performances made possible through our summer camp program. The audience loves her, and when she is standing on stage, she is truly radiant. The Performing Arts Program teaches The Patch children and youth all about the various aspects of theater, including lighting, set & costume design, and, of course, acting! This summer, campers worked toward a final Friday performance that included renditions of the Three Little Pigs and The Little Mermaid. “I like that plays at The Cabbage Patch allow you to act in front of people you know,” Anna said. “I’ve learned that if you stay confidence and focused, you can get a lot accomplished!” We agree! Thanks to partnerships with local organizations like ArtsReach and Fund for the Arts, in addition to support from donors like you, The Cabbage Patch is able to provide performing arts programs and camps to children and youth throughout the...

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A Summer of Discovery At The Patch

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

A Summer of Discovery At The Patch

When Billy’s mother brought him to The Cabbage Patch this summer, she wanted him to be around more children and socialize more. “He can be a little awkward around others his age,” she explained. She also expressed concern that he was very behind in his reading skills. But after just a few weeks of participating in various Summer Camps at The Cabbage Patch, Billy opened up to staff and his peers. It also became very obvious to the staff in Educational Opportunities that Billy was quickly improving his reading skills—he just needed a little one-on-one help to catch up. In fact, Billy went on to win first prize at the Science Fair this year as part of Science Day Camp! When we asked Billy what the highlight of his summer camp experience was, he proudly stated, “Winning first place in the science fair, and reading better! I didn’t know I could do either of those things.” Billy’s story is one example of how Summer Camps at The Cabbage Patch profoundly change lives. This summer, 406 total campers (some children attend more than one camp) enrolled in 31 different summer camps offered through The Cabbage Patch, for a total of 17,852 hours spent learning, growing, and developing skills that will last a lifetime. *Names have been changed to respect the privacy of those we...

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