The Center for Interfaith Relations is committed to celebrating the diversity of faith traditions, expressing gratitude for our unity, and strengthening the role of faith in society through common action. These words are an appropriate reflection of the efforts underway as we collectively face the global challenges created by the COVID-19 virus.
It is with this mission in mind — and guided by the principle of compassion for our community, ourselves and the earth — that we are highlighting opportunities for contemplation, connection and action during this difficult time. We will continue adding to this list in the days, weeks and potentially months ahead. We hope this resource serves as a useful tool as we navigate this time of physical distance with social solidarity.
Festival of Faiths YouTube channel contains a plethora of videos from past Festivals; follow our social media for our weekly #WisdomWednesday posts where we highlight a video from a past Festival
Lift Up Lou is a resource offered by the Mayor’s Office and Louisville Metro Health and Wellness that aims to bring together the various organizations in Louisville to offer resources for physical and mental wellness during Covid-19
The Louisville Arts Network is offering micro-commissions to artists residing within Jefferson County to create a piece of art that will be shared during the Lift Up Lou entertainment programming.
The non-profit Healthy Minds Innovations, developed by Festival of Faith’s alum Richie Davidson, has developed an app called the Healthy Minds Program which offers guided meditations as well as podcast-style lessons. It is available for free, for more info click here.
91.9 WFPK is doing “Mental Health Wednesdays” from 9 AM to 6 PM with programming that centers around staying mentally well during this crisis. Call in a song that you listen to when you need a pick up or tune in to their interviews with mental health professionals. Click here to learn more.
Louisville Free Public Library offers access to eBooks, eMagazines, downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies, podcasts, and more through an app;click here to learn more
The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood, as well as additional sites willing to host blood drives to help replace lost units. If you’re willing to donate, log on to redcrossblood.org and search drives by your ZIP code. If you are affiliated with an organization that has a large space and are interested in hosting a drive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with the Red Cross. There are drives happening June 2, 3, 10, and 11th.
One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund: A coalition of government and philanthropy has joined together to rapidly deploy resources to households, businesses, and community-based organizations (nonprofit organizations) working at the frontlines of the Louisville-area coronavirus outbreak. Click the link to make a donation or contact email@example.com.
Dare to Care is operating normally; If you would like to help, they are asking for monetary donations here, volunteers to sign up here and for people to share their Covid-19 webpage here.
The Kentucky Humane Society has closed its shelters to the public due to Covid-19 but have an urgent need for adoptions; they ask you make an appointment ahead of time. If you can’t adopt, they are also in need of monetary donations. Click here to learn more.
Support our partners at the Berry Center bookstore by ordering online at berrycenter.org or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org purchasing Our Home Place Meat Rose Veal boxes, available for delivery at www.ourhomeplacemeat.com
Volunteers of America are holding an online fundraiser to replace funds that would have been collected from one of their biggest yearly fundraising events that had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Click here to donate.
The Kristy Love Foundation offers support to sex trafficking victims and women suffering from addiction. They are in need of both monetary donations as well as certain household items; visit their website for more information on how you can help.
The Louisville Doula Project offers support to pregnant people for a wide spectrum of experiences. Check out their Facebook to learn how you can help.
The Family Scholar House offers support to mothers who are in school. Click here to donate.
Maryhurst is a the oldest child welfare center in Kentucky. They need help with supplies and monetary donations; click here to learn more.
Past speaker Omid Safi is offering online courses that walk the learner through Rumi’s poetry. Click here to sign up.
Susan Patrice is part of a project called Six Feet that aims to bring together the artist community during social distancing; find out about how you can submit your photos or view submitted photos here.
Check out past speaker Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel’s podcast; an upcoming episode features an interview with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Anam Thubten Rinpoche.
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