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2013 Lilly Day of Service Supports Indy Do Day INITIATIVE

Eli Lilly and Company’s sixth Global Day of Service in Indianapolis will look a little different this year. Lilly employees will join thousands of other volunteers from local community and civic-based organizations in a city-wide initiative known as Indy DO Day. Together, this united army of volunteers will make Indianapolis a better place to live.

Lilly’s 8,000 Indianapolis volunteers will work on 70 projects that blend into Indy DO Day, a broader community effort that encourages all Indianapolis residents, businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations to find projects – both big and small – that will have a positive impact on the city.

Lilly and other leading community organizations spearheaded Indy DO Day, helping connect businesses and nonprofits to share expertise, brainstorm activities and identify projects leading up to the three-day event. Lilly’s Global Day of Service will serve as its contribution to Indy DO Day, which runs from October 10 – 12.

“In partnership with Indy DO Day, we’re looking forward to tackling projects that otherwise could take months to accomplish,” said Rob Smith, senior director of corporate responsibility and president of the Lilly Foundation. “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with our Lilly Global Day of Service over the past five years, and we’re pleased to take it to the next level and show the positive impact we can have on our city and its people when we all work together.”

Expanding reach and impact

As part of Indy DO Day, Lilly volunteers will complete more projects than ever before on October 10, including activities that advance previous efforts. Highlights include:

  • Phase II of the Reconnecting to Our Waterways initiative. Last year, volunteers worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) along six city waterways laying the foundation for this year’s activities including plantings, painting and walking trails.
  • Personal connections. This year, Lilly employees were asked to identify and help coordinate projects that benefit organizations for which they are personally passionate.

Global Day of Service by the numbers

In Indianapolis, our partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has helped our volunteers leave an undeniable mark on the city. Highlights from the past five years include:

  • An estimated 200,000 volunteer hours given, which equals nearly 20 years of service
  • More than 140 projects completed
  • Close to 10,000 trees planted
  • More than six miles of mulch used (11,011 yards)
  • More than 3,000 gallons of paint applied, the equivalent of filling a 12’ round swimming pool
  • Nearly 170,000 plants placed