Name: Matt Hanger
Occupation/Company/Organization/Position: Co-Founder and CTO of Willo Labs; KIB Tree Tender
What neighborhood do you live in?: Meridian Kessler
What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis?:
I have a few spots I find myself coming back to. When I need to recharge and recenter, I enjoy walking through the trees at Holliday Park. Rainy spring days are the best, life is returning to the forest and it feels like I have the entire city to myself. When I need to mix things up during the work day, I take my laptop down to the Central Library. From the reading rooms, to the views from the top floors, to my personal favorite, the East Garden, it’s of the great gems of our city.
How long have you supported Keep Indianapolis Beautiful?:
I’ve supported KIB for the past few years, as both a donor and a volunteer.
Why do you support KIB?:
It’s simple really. KIB staff and volunteers are doing the work, getting dirty, day after day to make Indianapolis a better place. Not just for me, but for my kids and all future generations.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?:
I’m a big believer in the power of volunteering to help turn residents into citizens and neighbors into a community. At the end of the day, when trucks roll away and the volunteers go home, we all leave with a little more pride in our city and respect for our neighbors who came together to make a difference.
Why would you encourage others to support KIB?:
I truly believe Indianapolis’ best days are ahead of us. In 20 years, when my daughters are grown, it’s going to be easy to look past the amazing work KIB staff and volunteers have done planting and caring for 50,000+ trees, building and maintaining dozens of green spaces, and supporting hundreds of neighborhood blocks to stay clean and beautiful. Your favorite tree-lined street or trail of the future is being planted today, and KIB needs your help, and our city needs your help, to make it happen.