AAF-Louisville is proud to honor Ben Ruiz as the July Public Service Member Spotlight! Ben is CEO & Creative Director at Adhawks Advertising & Public Relations, Inc. He is also an active board member for “Doors of Hope.” We asked Ben about his public service, why he serves, and how anyone else interested can get invovled. Please congratulate Ben for demonstrating outstanding commitment to the community!
1) What organization(s) are you involved with and what do you do for the organization(s)?
I am on the Board of Directors of “Doors To Hope” which is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth after school community center that is providing educational support for Hispanic families and their children that live near Holy Name Catholic Church in Louisville, KY. I am instrumental in coordinating their outreach to the community along with interfacing with the Mayor’s 55,000 Degrees initiative as well as helping to connect Doors To Hope with the University Of Louisville’s Latin American & Latino Studies that provides Doors to Hope with student interns/tutors. In addition I coordinate the public service graphic design branding project that U of L’s Hite Art Institute implemented for Doors To Hope which won a Gold Louie Award this year.
2) Why did you get involved with the organization?
I joined Doors To Hope because I had started my own after school educational initiative at JCTC in 2014 with an after school pilot program that succeeded in training/tutoring 16 Latino youth on 10 consecutive Saturdays to help them prepare for college. This initiative is called “Behold 1500 Latinos” and is now part of Doors To Hope because it is an established community center that is also preparing Latino youth for college on an ongoing basis with classes on weekdays and Saturdays, too.
3) How long have you been involved with the organization?
I have been involved with Doors To Hope for 1 year, although it’s an offshoot of my involvement with the Mayor’s 55,000 Degrees since 2011.
4) What type of volunteers or donations does the organization currently need?
Doors To Hope needs tutor volunteers who can teach basic math and English, as well as English as a second language. Doors To Hope accepts funding from corporations because it is working on expanding its classroom space and adding computers and software for its educational support for the growing underserved Hispanic population.
5) If other AAF-Louisville members are interested in getting involved, who should they contact?
The contact for Doors To Hope is Sister Rebecca, Director, 502-384-4673, www.doorstohope.com