RAK Summer Challenge

RAK Summer Challenge

UP for Women and Children is a Day Center that will be opening to provide a safe space for homeless women and children to go during the day to access showers, laundry, case managers and social services. Homeless women have very unique needs that are not currently being served in Louisville. There is no day center for only women, that offers comprehensive access to hygiene and social services. UP will be opening their doors later this year and RAK Louisville has partnered with them to stock them with some basic supplies.

Andrew took time to talk with the founders of UP for Women and Children. Watch the interview below to learn about UP Louisville.

We are collecting the following supplies:








March and April RAK Louisville Challenge

March and April RAK Louisville Challenge

We are making Kindergarten Sight Words Flash cards for Byck Elementary’s summer Kindergarten camp. We need 65 sets of these care and we hope that you will make a set for us.


List of supplies:

  • Hole puncher
  • 1” Book rings
  • Blank Index cards
  • thick marker





Here is the list of words:

A few notes:

We found it easiest to hole punch cards first to make sure everything is aligned correctly.  Then write the words on card, add title card and blank back card.

These cards will be sent home with the incoming Kindergarten students during summer school this June to help prepare them for the upcoming  school year.

Deadline: We want to have all cards ready by April 30th.

You can send the card directly to Byck Elementary (c/o FRYSC) Or Drop off at Eberle Orthodontics or even message us to pick the cards up. [email protected]

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Wow. An unexpected snow day! I don’t know about you but I love snow days.
In between making plans with friends and catching up on school work, how about making some breakfast burritos for the Louisville Burrito Riders.
The recipe is simple and making 1 batch of burritos will be a great way to get the family, friends and neighbors involved. Not much cooking – just scrambling eggs and warming up the beans. Otherwise, all you are doing is assembling.

Most of you know about the Burrito Riders – they ride their bikes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, deliver breakfast burritos to anyone who is hungry and build relationships over a period of time.
You can message them on Facebook or via email and they will pick up or you can drop off. Or, you can message us and we will pick it up. You can make them pretty much anytime and just freeze them.

This has to be the easiest way to serve!

Here is the recipe:
• 2 packages large (at least 10″) flour tortillas
• 1 dozen eggs
• 3 cans of black beans (15 oz)
• 20oz of mild salsa
• 12oz shredded cheddar cheese
• 4 cups cooked rice
• Aluminum foil to wrap the burritos
• 2 tsp cumin
• 2 tsp garlic powder

1. Warm the black beans over medium heat. Add the cumin and garlic. Drain the excess liquid.
2. Scramble the eggs. Salt and Pepper to taste
3. Prepare the rice according to package directions
4. Combine rice, beans, salsa and eggs in a large contained. Stir it in gently until it is all mixed.

1. On a large tortilla, place 1 cup mixture in the middle. Fold each end and roll the burrito to close.
2. Wrap the burrito with aluminum foil.
Here is a link to a video that shows the best way to assemble and fold the burrito:

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Soccer (Futbal) bridging the language and cultural barrier with refugees

Soccer (Futbal) bridging the language and cultural barrier with refugees

Calling all soccer players, fans, teams and families in the Louisville area!!!!

We have an awesome opportunity to show our character off the pitch with the September RAK Louisville Challenge. Newcomer Academy is a JCPS English as a Second Language (ESL) school for students from our refugee community who are transitioning into the American way of life. This is a JCPS school and it is located right here in Louisville. http://schools.jefferson.kyschools.us/Special/ESL/

Newcomer Academy fields a middle school soccer team for the Spring season and they need our help. These students come to our country without very much with them. They are learning to adapt to our way of life and to speak and read English. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to flee your home because of danger and then build a life in a new country where everything is foreign.

Soccer is home to them.

When they play soccer, for those 90 minutes, everyone on the pitch is equal and everyone around you just a player. There are no language or cultural barriers to break down – soccer connects all of us. It is all about the game – that is the language we speak.

RAK Louisville is committed

We are committed to providing the Newcomer School soccer team with all they need to train and field a team this school year. The YMCA runs their after-school program and trains and puts together their soccer team. Right now, they are borrowing some equipment and trying to figure out resources for cleats, shin guards, etc. These student don’t have the cleats, practice apparel and everything else that most players have.

I know that the Louisville soccer community will come together to ensure that this middle school team will have what they need to start their season and field a team.

We need your help.

We need you to help us with the following items for the Newcomer soccer team.
Our list of items range from soccer socks and cleats to Bownet goals.

Here is a list of items needed for the boys:

  • Cleats, cleats and more cleats from size 3-10 (high demand for size 7, 7 ½, 8)
  • Soccer Balls (Size 5)
  • Soccer Socks
  • Shin Guards
  • Drawstring Bags (to keep their practice and game gear)
  • Soccer shorts for practice (Youth Large and Adult Small)
  • Athletic shirts for practice (Adult S, M and Large, Youth L)

Here are a few items needed for the school. This is a large purchase that we are hoping that teams can go in together to purchase or that a business would purchase for us.

You can shop for these items anywhere you like.

All donations can be dropped off at: Eberle Orthodontics
13913 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. – Zidedinde Zindane

Can you raise $54?

Can you raise $54?


RAK Louisville has teamed up with Emily Duffy (@emilytduffy) to raise money for sleeping bags called Duffily Bags for the homeless in Ireland. Emily invented this sleeping bag design to come up with a solution that is lightweight and weather resistant. Mendicity Institution in Dublin now make the bags and they are staffed by folks who have experienced homelessness. Watch video below for information about Emily and the sleeping bag.

I met Emily a few weeks ago and I was so impressed not only with her project but her heart to change the world. I knew that we had to Step Up and help. How awesome is this? RAK Louisville stepping up to make an impact in Ireland! Truly, if we work together, we can change the world!!!

Our RAK Louisville challenge is for you to use your gifts and talents to raise just $54.

The sleeping bags cost US$54 to make. The money you donate has the power to change 2 lives – the person making it and the person receiving the sleeping bag.

HOW TO DONATE: RAK Louisville is a registered non-profit. You can make checks out to RAK or RAK Louisville. Please email us for the address. You can also Donate Online on our website. If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

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