Saint in the Streets teams up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for fall cleanup


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Saints in the Streets to lead River West Neighborhood Great Indy Cleanup with the Help of 400 Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Volunteers this Saturday
KIB, Mayor Hogsett, and the Department of Public Works to host annual October Great Indy Cleanup with community volunteers

INDIANAPOLIS – (October 5, 2018) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) and Saints in the Streets (SITS) will host over 400 volunteers this Saturday in the River West neighborhoods as part of the October Great Indy Cleanup. Volunteers will join neighbors from Haughville, Hawthorne, and WeCare in street cleanups, alley clearing, invasive plant removal, electrical box painting, and park cleanups.


  • WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2018; 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 
  • WHERE: St. Anthony’s Church | 377 N. Warman Ave.., Indianapolis, IN 46222
    • Volunteers will be separated into 11 groups and disperse to project sites
  • VISUALS: 400 volunteers will meet for breakfast and project registration at 8:00 A.M. in the parking lot of St. Anthony Church. Mayor Joe Hogsett will speak to volunteers at 8:30 A.M. Volunteers will collect tools and supplies and branch out into the community to begin projects by 9:00 A.M. Projects will vary from location to location, but on the ground the work will take place throughout the River West neighborhoods and last until roughly 12:00 P.M.

Highlighted Projects: 

  • Street Crew litter cleanups in Hawthorne, WeCare, and Haughville with Indianapolis Department of Public Works packer trucks
  • Electrical box mural painting in Hawthorne
  • Invasive plant removal in Indy Parks Reverend Mozel Sanders Park

The Saints in the Streets were selected as KIB’s Fall 2018 Great Indy Cleanup partner during a public selection event in November 2017 when SITS leaders presented their case to the community.

A citywide effort to beautify and strengthen our communities, the Great Indy Cleanup is a partnership between KIB and the City of Indianapolis. Last year, nearly 9,000 volunteers collected 1.8 million pounds of litter through 331 community cleanups. From April through October, residents can apply for a community cleanup that KIB will support with cleaning supplies, Department of Public Works dumpsters and other resources. 

The Great Indy Cleanup is made possible by generous donations from the City of Indianapolis, Kroger, Republic Services, South Side Landfill, and Clif Bar Baking Company. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city, or to learn how you can help, please visit us at


About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. Annually, KIB works with nearly 20,000 volunteers on nearly 900 community projects. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @kibiorg.

About Saints in the Streets (SITS)
In 2006, Father John McCaslin was named the pastor of Holy Trinity/Saint Anthony parishes. Father immediately saw that “beautifying” the streets between the parishes could serve as a way of increasing pride and unity to the neighboring parishes.

On September 13, 2008, the “First Annual Clean-Up Day” became a reality. Volunteers simply picked up trash, weeded overgrown curbs, trimmed trees and removed debris from the sides of the streets. Since 2009, additional churches and neighborhood organizations have become a part of this special mission.

SITS partners with St. Anthony and St. Barnabas Catholic churches as well as other area churches, the neighborhoods of Haughville, Hawthorne, We Care as well as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Hearts & Hands, and the Marion County Public Health Department.  Volunteers come from the partners plus area high schools , colleges and youth ministry programs.