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Neighbor Week includes wide variety of community events

Indianapolis, IN. October 9, 2009. With a proclamation from Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard making it official, Neighbor Week on Oct. 12-17 will be filled with community events that bring neighbors together to improve their lives and make the city a better place to live, work and play. Neighbor Week’s events include the free release of a new book about the Eastside and the launch of AmeriCorps Public Allies Indianapolis— and much more.

All of this leads up to Neighbor Power! where more than 300 community leaders will connect on Oct. 17 at the University of Indianapolis and talk about great ways to make Indianapolis a better place to live, work, and play. Organized by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) the one-day Neighbor Power! conference is designed for anybody interested in working together with others to make Indianapolis a more vibrant and successful city.

“I have long said that citizens are proud of their city, but they live in their neighborhoods. We must all work together to protect our neighborhoods and rebuild our communities so that this and future generations are proud to call Indianapolis home,” said Mayor Ballard. “We are all privileged to live in a city where individuals take ownership in their neighborhoods and can come together to show our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of this community.”

Here are details about the events during Neighbor Week:

Book Launch
Eastside Story: Portrait of a Neighborhood on the Suburban Frontier
Saturday, October 10, 1-3 p.m. Arlington Heights Baptist Church, 5630 E. 16th St. (16th and Audubon)

For more information contact:
Susan B. Hyatt
Department of Anthropology, Indiana School of Liberal Arts at Indianapolis
(317) 278-4548

Located on the east side of the city, Community Heights extends from Emerson Avenue to Arlington Avenue; from 10th to 21st streets. Under the direction of IUPUI Anthropology Department faculty member Susan Hyatt, as part of a community-based research course, student researchers conducted over 40 extended interviews with neighborhood residents; they gathered up and scanned old photos and other memorabilia from local residents and they carried out archival research on the history of the Community Heights neighborhood. The tangible result of this research is a booklet entitled Eastside Story: Portrait of a Neighborhood on the Suburban Frontier. Neighborhood Alliance Press, a division of Doulas Christos Press, printed the book. It is located at Englewood Christian Church.

One thousand copies of this anthology of east side stories will be distributed free of charge to local residents at the book launch on October 10 from 1-3 p.m. at Arlington Heights Baptist Church. Grants to support printing of the book were generously provided by: The Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative’s IMAGINE grant, administered by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and the Solution Center at IUPUI, The Community Heights Neighborhood Organization and The Justus Companies, Inc.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. IPL Project Greenspace Project at Oaks Academy
Saturday, October 10

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) and Oaks Academy will be planting 20 trees and daffodil bulbs and cleaning up the surrounding neighborhood at the Oaks Academy pocket park on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Workdays in 2008 were phase one of a multi-year transformation of the school grounds. The City of Indianapolis is selling the land behind the school so that Oaks Academy is able to build a pocket park, arboretum and create an outdoor classroom. The goal is to create a naturalistic play area for the kids that will also have all the plant material labeled so it can also be used as a learning, living environmental lab.

Future work will include limestone benches, labeling the trees, and adding additional shrubs and flowers to the park area while leaving a large play meadow in the center.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. unites people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement.

INRC 15th Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.
American Red Cross, 441 East 10th Street

For more information contact:
Anne-Marie Taylor
Executive Director, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC)
(317) 920-0330

Nelson Price, author of the book, Indianapolis Then and Now, photo researcher Joan Hostetler, and photographer Garry Chilluffo will provide the keynote address, featuring a photo-oriented look at our city’s history. Following this keynote, a panel representing neighborhood leadership will discuss neighborhood trends, the importance of grassroots leadership and the future of Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Meet INRC’s newly elected Board of Directors, and celebrate the recipient of the 4th Annual “Collaborative Spirit” Award! Old National Bank’s support helps make this event possible.

Lacy Leadership Association and Leadership Ventures Present
Get on Board 2009

Event Partners

Lacy Leadership Association
615 N. Alabama St., Suite 119
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Leadership Ventures
John Shertzer
303 N. Alabama St., Suite 230
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Lacy Leadership Association’s annual Get on Board program has helped link over 1,500 community leaders with local nonprofit organizations. On October 14, participants will add to this ongoing success story with Get on Board 2009: Roadmap to Community Involvement from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Eiteljorg Museum.
This is the seventh year for Get on Board, LLA’s annual effort to help infuse nonprofits with highly skilled board members, committee members and volunteers. By bringing over 50 nonprofits together in one location, Get on Board helps organizations find energetic board members and volunteer leaders. It also provides organizations the opportunity to make connections with a diverse group of community-minded individuals.
United Neighborhood Centers of Indianapolis (UNCI) Fundraising Celebration

Thursday, October 15
Terri Garcia
Executive Director
Southeast Community Services, Inc.
901 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.236.7400 x 222
This event honors friends and funders of UNCI.

Community Development Law Center (CDLC) Annual Fundraising Breakfast

Friday, October 16, 2009 • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Conrad Indianapolis hotel •
To RSVP or For more information contact CDLC by telephone:
921-8806, EXT. 21 or by email:

The Community Development Law Center (“CDLC”) is the only provider in Central Indiana of pro bono legal services to nonprofit community organizations in low-income neighborhoods. Access to free legal services can make the difference between success and failure in community revitalization projects. Since 1992, CDLC has provided legal assistance to 500 nonprofit organizations in Central Indiana.

CDLC is a legal resource center providing legal representation to nonprofits that need services related to contracts, employment matters, structuring strategic alliances, zoning and real estate matters. CDLC matches volunteer attorneys with specific legal services required by eligible nonprofit organizations.

AmeriCorps Public Allies Indianapolis Launch Celebration
Friday, Oct. 16, 2-3 p.m. at Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
1920 West Morris Street

Contact: Marc McAleavey, Public Allies Site Director
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Celebrate the launch of Public Allies Indianapolis

Organized by INRC, the Public Allies program is launching its first effort in Indianapolis with the mission of helping nonprofits throughout the city. Allies began their service on October 1 with INRC serving as its Local Operating Partner.

Public Allies was founded in 1992 to serve as a pipeline for a new generation of diverse young leaders to begin careers working for community and social change. Public Allies is regarded as having a comprehensive program model that blends community service, nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement and leadership development with best practice evaluation processes.

Public Allies’ mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, non-profits and civic participation. Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program that identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and prepares them for careers working for community and social change. Allies serve 10-month, paid apprenticeships at local nonprofits and participate in a rigorous and rewarding leadership development program with a diverse group of peers who are also of and working within their home community.

INRC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations and resident leaders. Through facilitation, training and coaching, INRC strengthens the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations and neighbors to mobilize existing assets, support grassroots leadership and foster collaboration.

The celebration is supported by Eli Lilly & Company.

Neighbor Power! Awards
Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue

For more information contact:
Shawn Thomas
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
(317) 396-0588

Neighbor Power! Awards is an event recognizing great ways people use leadership, vision and collaboration to improve Indianapolis neighborhoods. The three award categories — Connecting Community, Building Local Economy and Inspiring Places — each have three finalists. Category winners will be announced on October 16 at the awards ceremony at University of Indianapolis. Each category winner receives $1,000.

This new awards program created by LISC and the Great Indy Neighborhood Initiatives (GINI) as part of the first-ever Neighbor Power! A Gathering to Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods taking place the next day, also at University of Indianapolis.

Neighbor Power! is also collaborating with Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to promote their annual awards that honor organizations and community leaders in Indianapolis. The presentation of these six awards brings together all the existing Indianapolis neighborhood awards in one evening of celebration.