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April 25 • Louisville 

Photos by Tony Bennett 

St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities celebrated its 40th anniversary gala at the Kentucky International Convention Center. 

Philanthropy Favorites

Photographer-writer Jennifer McNelly hit the streets to find out which charities you love best. Here’s what you said. 
3“I would say my favorite charity is probably St. Jude. I had a friend who had a little boy with brain cancer. It’s just really nice to have an organization that helps families going through situations like that who don’t charge them for hospitals and all the stuff it takes to try to make their kids better.”



4“I really like Junior Achievement. I’ve been involved with them for years and even served on their board. I appreciate the focus on teaching youth ‘real world stuff’ like math and finances. It’s important because they learn a lot of useful skills they will use when they are adults.”


New Albany

5“My favorite charity is Catholic Charities because they donate and support numerous causes.”



6“The Center for Women and Families is a great organization. I just know they are very supportive and kind in what they do. I think it’s really cool how they help women from one situation and bring them into a better one.”


New Albany

2“I really love all that the Humane Society does and organizations like them. We have gone through them a lot to get our pets. Our family has always been a big advocate, and we really respect their mission.”


New Albany

extolmag_26_final-1“I have volunteered a lot with Power Ministries, and I would have to say that they are my favorite charity. They are a Christian charitable group that does programs for adults with disabilities. They have events called Handy Camps to help individuals with severe disabilities and it gives them an opportunity to get our of their homes. The counselors or ‘buddies’ really try to build a one-on-one relationship with the campers. I’ve volunteered as a buddy before and I think I get more out of it than the campers.”



Do you know a person, business or charity that is setting an EXAMPLE in our community and deserves to be highlighted? Please send an email to extol@extolmag.com.



Photo by Jason Applegate

Nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans 16 years and older volunteer their time in some way to charitable causes. Utah has the highest percentage of volunteers (43 percent); Louisiana ranks last (18.43 percent). Indiana (26.9 percent) falls somewhere in the middle. Aside from the obvious benefit of volunteering – helping others – there are plenty of gains for volunteers themselves, including an increase in happiness, better health and developing new skills. It doesn’t hurt that those who volunteer their time also report feeling like they have more of it in much the same that people who donate money to charity report feeling wealthier. The Extol Magazine Team is eager to highlight individuals and organizations who are setting an example through their dedication to helping others – like Floyds Knobs residents Jeannie and Victor “Vic” Unruh (pictured). If you know a group or person who deserves to be acknowledged for how they give back, send an email to extol@extolmag.com and include “Example” in the subject line.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Harvard Business Review