Earlier this week, members of the horticulture team at Churchill Downs Racetrack spent the morning volunteering to assist with landscaping at the Louisville nonprofit The Center for Women and Families (CWF). Churchill Downs Director of Horticulture Matt Bizzell led the efforts, which took place the morning of December 9 and saw team members Gary Leuenberger, Cindy Levett, Vicky Hutchinson, Dave McQuerry, Tom Williams, Tom Duke and Eric Cassell come together to help this very important community organization.
Churchill Downs has a longstanding relationship with CWF, so when the opportunity arose, Bizzell was moved to take action. He says his team has worked there in the past on other projects, and it's because of his belief in their mission that they are always so eager to assist when needed.
While on site, Bizzell and his team gave the inner courtyard a landscaping makeover. Due to the location of the courtyard, Bizzell says that he and those who came with him had to haul tools and equipment through the facility to get to the courtyard and then take all debris, leaves and trimming back through the building. With all the yard waste and trash they removed, the team was able to fill one dumpster and still have enough for a full truckload back to dispose of at the Churchill Downs greenhouse.
"I am very proud of my crew," said Bizzell. "They are always eager to help others and work hard at whatever task comes their way."
The Center for Women and Families provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families and communities affected by intimate partner violence and sexual assault. They mitigate the impact of trauma by building resiliency and reducing risk factors at all levels. They are guided by a strong grassroots feminist history, and a commitment to social and economic justice. They co-create violence free lives, families, and communities.