For 171 years, generations of friends and families have gathered every August for the annual Picnic at St. Joseph Children’s Home to play games, visit, eat, drink, and volunteer. St. Joe’s Picnic has been a staple of the Louisville community since before the Kentucky Derby and continues to be one of the largest fundraising events in Kentucky! The proceeds from this event support children who have survived abuse and neglect as well as continue St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home.”
Due to current circumstances, the Picnic is going to look a bit different this year, but you can still be part of it and still support the kids.
Become a part of Picnic history today!
For 171 years, St. Joe's has relied upon the support of hundreds of volunteers to make every Picnic a success. Although this year's Picnic looks very different than events of the past, and we are not able to physically place those dimes on the boards or spin those wheels while enjoying a chicken dinner and a cold beverage, you can still help with the Picnic and support St. Joe's kids.
Instead of running a booth, being a zone leader or bringing your family out to play the games, listen to the music, and eat cotton candy and ice cream, you can support the kids by registering to be a fundraiser. Share your Picnic stories, tell your friends and family why you support St. Joe's and invite them to make a gift via your page.
When St. Joe’s was first established as an orphanage in 1849, the Ursuline nuns responsible for taking care of the residents came up with the idea to host an annual fundraiser. Originally named, “St. Joseph Catholic Orphans Picnic,” this event was created with a mission to raise needed funding for the day-to-day operating expenses of the orphanage. 171 years later, the mission of Picnic remains the same as the revenue generated provides direct support to the nearly 1,500 children and family members served each year by St. Joe’s three core programs: residential treatment, foster care and adoption, and the child development center. Today, St. Joseph Children’s Home is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency and the Picnic has given support to over 75,000 boys and girls since its inception. Every dollar raised goes directly to help child survivors of abuse and neglect heal from their traumas as well as find new forever families. Thanks for supporting SJ Kids!