Evolve502 works to help thousands of students pursue the dream of a post-secondary education, ensuring that every child in Louisville is prepared for college, a career, and successful, productive life. This organization strives to remove the persistent barriers to a college education by providing scholarships and grants, coordinating wrap-around services, and facilitating systems change. Evolve502 is a community-focused organization helping every Jefferson County Public School student pursue the dream of a college education. By expanding educational opportunities and reducing systemic barriers, they strive to ensure that children reach their full potential and enjoy successful, productive, and fulfilling lives.

For more information, contact Marland Cole at (502) 292-6222 or marlandc@evolve502.org.


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Amplify Louisville

Amplify Louisville is a place for tech-enabled startups and founders to explore ideas, build solutions, launch products, and grow businesses. This organization provides opportunities to connect with mentors, apply for capital, find a co-working space, and every step of the process to building a successful startup.

For more information, contact Keionna Baker at keionna@amplifylouisville.com or 502-709-7099.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

The Center for Employment Opportunities provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration. Our comprehensive employment and training services help individuals connect to a job and career. CEO exists to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to economic success. With more than half of their our participants between 18 and 30 years old, CEO is committed to continuously building, implementing, and evaluating programming that addresses their needs and affirms their agency.

For more information, Contact Jacqueline McGhee-Rutledge at jmcghee@ceoworks.org or 502-694-7878.

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St. John Center for Homeless Men

St. John Center extends care and community to homeless men, women, and children living on the streets in our city. This organization has a mission to help homeless men address the barriers to housing and self-sufficiency so they can leave homelessness for good. They offer permanent supportive housing, a day shelter and social services center, and street outreach. They are located in a former Catholic church as a haven for immigrants and have staff and volunteers that carry on a welcoming spirit to provide refuge to some of the community’s most vulnerable people.

For more information, contact Keesha Gardner at 502-568-6758 or kgardner@stjohncenter.org.


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Code Louisville

Code Louisville provides quality training and support to help residents of Louisville enter software development careers at no charge. Code Louisville offers a variety of courses covering the development of websites and applications, data analytics, and more. They will guide you in learning not only the skills a programmer needs, but also provide you with resume writing and interview workshops, a community of developers to network with, mentors to answer your questions, and a network of employers interested in finding their next developer! They also help our students find jobs after they graduate!

For more information, contact Emily Sullivan at emily@codelouisville.org or (502) 208-6880‬.


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Jewish Family & Career Services

Whether you are embarking upon your first job, experiencing a career transition, or searching for a twilight career before retirement, Jewish Family & Career Services will empower you to make informed decisions regarding your individual career path. We will help you explore vocational options and prepare you to enter the job market with confidence with assessment and exploration, counseling and coaching, job search preparation, pre-employment transition services, re-credentialing and career laddering, resource coordination, vocational evaluation, and workshops.

For more information, contact JFCS at services@jfcslouisville.org or 502-452-6341 x120.


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Community Foundation of Louisville

The Community Foundation of Louisville mobilizes people, networks, and assets to drive meaningful change in and beyond Louisville. Together, we connect community resources and relationships to advance racial equity and open opportunity for all. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in Kentucky with over $800 million in assets and more than 2,300 charitable funds created by donors. Some initiatives include:

  • Hadley Creatives, a program that helps artists advance their careers by building business acumen.
  • Alden Fellows, an initiative that equips nonprofit executives with high-level leadership skills.
  • Give for Good Louisville, an unprecedented day of unity in the name of philanthropy.

For more information, contact Kitty Gruber, SHRM-CP at kittyg@cflouisville.org or 502.585.4649.

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Eastern Kentucky Concentrated

The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) through federal funding from SITE, assists workers and businesses throughout the state of Kentucky meet the challenges and & seize opportunities in today’s economy. EKCEP administers programs that help adults looking for work, workers who have been dislocated from their jobs, and economically disadvantaged youth. In the GLI area, EKCEP covers the counties of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.. EKCEP works with workforce centers across the state, and provides access to more than a dozen state and federal programs that offer employment and training assistance for job seekers and employers.

For more information contact Millie Dee Stevens at 606-312-2028 or email mstevens@ekcep.org.


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Kentucky Foundation for Women Grant Programs

The Kentucky Foundation for Women offers two annual grant programs: Artist Enrichment and Art Meets Activism. The deadline for the Artist Enrichment grant is typically the first week of September, and the deadline for the Art Meets Activism grant is typically the first week of March. KFW also operates a free retreat space for women called Hopscotch House. The mission of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.

For more information, contact Sharon LaRue at sharon@kfw.org or (502) 562-0045.


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Mattingly Edge

Mattingly Edge cultivates partnerships that enable people with disabilities to thrive at work, at home, and in relationships. We support people to spend their time, not in day services or specialized programs, but instead working, volunteering, attending school, exercising, socializing, performing personal and household tasks, and investing in other responsible engagements. We support people to spend evenings and weekends in their home and community, hosting friends, attending a book club or art class or yoga session, participating in a community of faith, going to the local nightspot for a beer, and other ways to enjoy oneself, meet people, and grow as a person. We refer to these things as “the good things in life.” In order to help people attain the good things in life, we provide customized one-on-one supports, built from the ground up with the individual’s specific goals and support needs in mind. A team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) is recruited and matched with an individual based on personality, skills, interests, and logistics. The person being supported is always an active participant in the interviewing, hiring, and direction of their support team.


For more information, contact Hope Leet Dittmeier, Executive Director, at hdittmeier@mattinglyedge.org or (502) 451-6200.


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