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KIB’s Adopt-a-Block program reaches 500th adopter

INDIANAPOLIS – (June 5, 2012) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) announced today that its Adopt-a-Block program has reached its 500th participant. Over 500 individuals volunteer to clean their street and build community in their neighborhood, and across Indianapolis.

Adopt-a-Block is a community engagement program started by KIB in 2002. Indy residents from all over Marion County signup to coordinate neighbors to keep their blocks clean and free of litter—participants can join the program anytime, and receive recourse from KIB. Additionally, this program builds community and encourages neighbors to meet neighbors, and take a more active role in the beautification of the city.

“Adopt-a-Block is more than picking up litter, it also aims to strengthen our community, said Joseph Jarzen, community engagement coordinator for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “KIB provides neighbors the resources to do this, beyond trash bags and brooms, we developed an online map to connect people, hold frequent Adopt-a-Block events, and offer flower and tree distributions.”

To celebrate this milestone KIB will host a Jabberwocky storytelling event at the IndyFringe, on June 12. Adopt-a-Block captains—some participating in the program for more than 10 years—will share stories of being an adopter, and what it means to bring a community together from something as simple as litter cleanup, street sweeping and flower planting. For more information on the event please visit

The Adopt-a-Block is sponsored by United Water and the City of Indianapolis. To learn more about the program, see a map of participants, or join visit

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2011, KIB worked with more than 46,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects throughout the city. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.