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Community Foundation of Louisville Announces the 2019 Alden Fellows

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) held a luncheon on Dec. 7, to announce the five 2019 Alden Fellow recipients. CFL believes that Louisville’s nonprofit organizations are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high-quality professional development opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. William O. Alden Jr., a donor to CFL, each fellow receives $5,000 and has 12 months to pursue either a self-directed program or attend a world-class, university-based leadership training program. A fellowship selection committee, comprised of leaders of local nonprofits and the CEO of CFL, recommends and selects the candidates.

The 2019 Alden Fellows are:

Jeannette Bahouth: Ms. Bahouth is the executive director of Young Authors Greenhouse, a Louisville writing and tutoring nonprofit that inspires students to grow their imaginations through writing. Alongside trained volunteers, students ages six through 18 from traditionally under-resourced neighborhoods write and share their thoughts, experiences and fictional worlds through: published books of poetry, essay and story; performed and recorded songs; podcasts; film and stage scripts; and magazine and newspaper articles. During her Alden Fellowship, Jeannette will travel to Finland to study new teaching techniques in the country’s education system and England to learn from an organization like Young Authors Greenhouse.

Kish Cumi, Ph.D.: Dr. Kumi is the executive director of the Smoketown Family Wellness Center (SFWC) where she manages their innovative health care delivery model. In collaboration with Smoketown community residents and her staff, she identifies and implements community initiatives that promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness for youth and their families. During her Alden Fellowship year, Dr. Kumi will take part in a coast-to-coast wellness tour as she visits wellness centers (e.g., Harlem Children’s Zone and The Children’s Clinic) to examine best practices. Simultaneously, she will feed her own spirit by engaging in spa, meditation and dance retreats.

Da’Marrion Fleming: Mr. Fleming is the president and founder of Sowing Seeds with Faith. As president, he is responsible for creating and implementing strategic curriculum for out-of-school programs. In the past two years, Sowing Seeds with Faith has become the largest out-of-school enrichment program in West Louisville. The organization offers services to approximately 250 young students in more than 15 different zip codes. During the fellowship year, Da’Marrion will travel to Paris, France to study a successful model of academic enrichment, specifically in the areas of accountability and expectation.

Kevin Moore: Mr. Moore has served as the managing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville since 2016. During this time, he has led the organization to embrace a new set of core values and a strategic plan focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Actors Theatre seeks to unlock human potential, build community and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theater. As an Alden Fellow, Kevin will take part in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, a program designed to help community service leaders reconnect with their core values and redefine their purpose so they can rededicate themselves to their work.

Evon Smith: Ms. Smith is the president and CEO of OneWest, a community development corporation focused on commercial development growth in West Louisville. Centered on the mission of elevating the entire city of Louisville by developing commercial real estate in the West End, Evon is directing the implementation of OneWest’s five-year strategic plan, which includes commercial and mixed-use development efforts beginning at the 18th Street and West Broadway corridor. Through the Alden Fellowship, Evon will study best practices of cities that have undergone revitalization efforts by visiting several model sites. She will also take the opportunity to attend the Art of Living Retreat Center to re-center her mind and body.

“We believe that providing capacity building opportunities for our nonprofit leaders is crucial, and we are proud to work with Mr. Alden to honor this year’s recipients,” said Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “All of our 2019 Alden Fellows embody what it means to be a force for good in community. We thank them for their hard work and look forward to seeing what this next year brings for their future.”

Local Startup Aiding Boys & Girls Haven to Supply Local Youth with School Supplies this Holiday


 Boys & Girls Haven of Louisville, a nonprofit agency specializing in services for teens and tweens in foster care, will be getting some extra help this holiday season. Lokono, a local company selling handmade backpacks from Nicaragua, will be donating a backpack full of school supplies to Boys & Girls Haven for every backpack sold through the end of 2018.

Boys & Girls Haven was recently affected by a fire to an apartment used in accordance with a pre-independent living program for teenagers aging out of the foster care system. While all the teenagers escaped safely, most escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs. While donors have been quick to aid, there are still more needs to be met.

Lokono is built on the model for every backpack sold online, a backpack full of school supplies is donated to deserving child in Nicaragua, the same community in which their backpacks are handmade. This holiday season, they have pledged to double those donations by also giving a backpack and school supplies to Boys & Girls Haven. They hope to replace the goods lost in the fire as well as provide education tools for other children of Boys & Girls Haven.

For more information please contact Lokono at or visit

Scoppechio is Making Spirits Bright with Record Number of Angels

Scoppechio, one of the nation’s leading independent marketing services networks, is ushering in the holiday season with the adoption of its largest number of Salvation Army Angels ever, totaling 225.

 What started a decade ago as a unique way to honor clients and business partners during the holiday season has become a much-anticipated annual tradition for Kentucky’s largest advertising agency. Scoppechio has exponentially increased the number of sponsored children in the Louisville community each year since 2008.

“This holiday season brings additional joy for our agency,” said Toni Clem, president and chief revenue officer of Scoppechio. “Our involvement with Angel Tree grows year by year, making this Christmas our biggest year yet,” added Clem. “This Scoppechio holiday tradition brings sincere fulfillment to our agency as we are able to directly impact the lives of children right here in our community. We hope that these gifts help brighten their Christmas mornings and provide peace of mind to their parents.”

Scoppechio delivered their Angel Tree gifts on Dec. 4, to the Salvation Army, marking its 10th consecutive year of partnership between the two organizations. “We couldn’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate the season,” concluded Clem.

Local Organization Wants Your Old Shoes for Christmas

WaterStep, a local organization that works to save lives with safe water, is asking for the community’s help to reach its goal of filling a tractor trailer with shoes before the end of the year. Businesses, churches, schools and individuals are asked to host shoe drives and donate the collected shoes to WaterStep. The organization sells the shoes to an exporter and uses the proceeds to fund disaster relief work and safe water projects in the developing world. Approximately 22,000 pairs of shoes need to be collected before Dec. 31, for WaterStep to reach its goal.

WaterStep’s shoe program not only generates funds for the organization, but it also keeps tons of waste out of landfills by repurposing the shoes and creates micro business opportunities in developing countries. Call 502.568.6342 to get information about hosting a shoe drive, or visit to find a list of shoe drop-off sites around the city. Any size, style and condition of shoes is accepted.

WaterStep implements water projects around the world by using a comprehensive approach that includes installing its award-winning safe water systems paired with health and hygiene training for the whole community.




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