May 4, 2015 – Throughout March 2015, the East End Crossing project team held a “Madness Food Drive” to collect nonperishable items for Dare to Care, which is the leading nonprofit social service agency addressing hunger needs in Kentuckiana.
Collection boxes were placed in project offices and trailers and represented popular basketball teams in Kentucky and Indiana. A project team member even created an additional box for Illinois University.
The “Madness Food Drive” was held in part of the Sustainability Action Plan of the East End Crossing, which encourages project team members to help with social, economic and environmental issues in Kentuckiana.
March 30, 2015 – Several members of the East End Crossing project team participated in the Love Louisville Trees restoration project this past Saturday, March 28. The project team members joined over 100 other volunteers to plant trees in the Shawnee neighborhood in west Louisville. To ensure the planted trees will be maintained properly, summer inspections have been planned.
Their participation was in effort to reforest the city and reach a tree coverage goal of 45 percent. The current tree canopy coverage in Louisville, including thousands of acres of greens spaces and parks, is 37 percent.
Love Louisville Trees is a program of Louisville Grows, a local non-profit with the mission to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Their services include engaging and training the public in proper tree planting and maintenance to build and support a vibrant urban forest in Louisville, Ky.
March 13, 2015 – Members of the Ohio River Bridges project team partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct two homes in the area this past February. Among the volunteer team were workers from the Downtown Crossing and East End Crossing.
The group of volunteers met early in the morning in the south of Louisville, well equipped to fight the temperatures that day, which remained around 15 degrees. Habitat for Humanity representatives explained what they expected from the team and how each person could find their place to work to succeed in building the homes. The duties of the workers included hammering, sawing, moving wood floor panels, completing a 1000-square-foot floor deck and installation of thermal insulation and a 140-foot drainage system.
This day of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity allowed the project team to help families in the community and put their skills to work in another context than the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Pictured from left to right: Becky Halman, Sarah Falin, Sean Ashburn, Greg Cowan, Eddie Shickel, Tom Zidron, Alex Byers, Coty Young, Joe Meyn, Matt Cullen, Keith Lord, Paul Rodriguez, Dan Brown, Tomasz Korolczuk, Dan Kleinhenz & Martin Roussel<br />
On the foreground: Jonathan Klemm, Anaëlle Buysse & Albane Hagnéré
The adoption was coordinated through the Animals Depend On People To Survive (ADOPTS) program. By being involved in the ADOPTS Program, WVC now helps cover some of the cost that goes toward feeding and caring for all of the animals at the Louisville Zoo.
The adoption was undertaken to celebrate Save the Eagles Day, which occurs on January 10 each year. Some species of eagles are on the endangered list, however, due to the work of scientists and the public, the Bald Eagle was removed from this list in June 2007.
Click here to view a video of WVC’s adopted North American Bald Eagle: bit.ly/1Emb64C.
The official adoption certificate can be found here: bit.ly/171WTzg.
Oct. 15, 2014 – Bloomberg News showcases the East End Crossing in an article about the nation’s infrastructure. The reporter says that the project may be a model for large infrastructure projects because of WVB East End Partners’ public-private partnership with the Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation. View the entire article here: bloom.bg/1xTw8oL.
Project Director of WVB East End Partners, Rob Morphonious, talks with the reporter about the main-span piers on the Ohio River. View the video here: p://bloom.bg/1vwueMO.