It was eight years ago this month when Mayor Greg Fischer announced the Compassionate Louisville campaign. Now the program has announced a significant expansion and nonprofit. The announcement was made at Semple Elementary School, one of the 24 schools in JCPS that embraces the compassionate curriculum.

“We are basically going to Compassionate Louisville 2.0,” said Dr. Muhammad Babar, the President of Muslim Americans for Compassion. “(We aim) to have a network of compassion ambassadors in every house of worship, in every hospital, every business entity, every community organization.”

The compassion campaign started in 2011; its 501c3 status means it’ll stick around after this administration moves on.

“We are linked together as human beings, and that’s what compassion means,” Fischer said. “We respect each other so we want our full human potential flourishing.”

Last year, the organization broke its own world record with more than 235,000 acts of service or compassion.

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Dr. Babar leading the Compassionate Louisville with Mayor Fischer making the announcement.

Naveed Chowhan (MAC board member), Mayor Fischer, Muhammad Babar (MAC President), Sohail Zuberi (MAC volunteer), Waqar Saleem (MAC board member) and Rana Latif (MAC board member).