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Clarissa Thompson

Occupation/Company/Organization/Position: 
Regional Marketing Coordinator with Greeley and Hansen

How long have you been volunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful? 
I became involved with KIB in 2006 through participation in A Monumental Affair Awards Program. The more I learned about KIB and its mission, the more I wanted to be involved. I have continued as a member of A Monumental Affair Steering Committee and in 2008 joined SOLAR, KIB’s young professional’s group. In 2009 I began doing volunteer photography for KIB projects.

Why do you choose to partner with KIB on service projects?
I love this city and with KIB I have the opportunity to give back. The staff is enthusiastic about what they do and it’s always fun working with them on a project. Volunteering with KIB also allows me to assume more of a leadership role in the community and stretch myself.

What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
Take I-70 west toward the airport. Look for the daffodils at various interchanges this spring. Check out the rain garden outside the Athenaeum. You don’t have to go too far before you encounter some project that KIB has done to make the city more sustainable and more beautiful. What’s great about KIB is they do so much more, including the Youth Tree Team, which provides jobs and learning opportunities for high school youth, and their new workshop series, which covers everything from bike buckets to rain gardens.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer with KIB? 
KIB offers many opportunities to get involved throughout the year. There’s such a diverse mix of things to do that it really doesn’t matter what your interest is, you can do something! Working with KIB gives you the chance to give back to the community and do something that leaves a legacy. In 10 years you can drive down 10th Street and say “I planted that tree!”