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Join the Englewood Project

Join the Englewood Project The Englewood Project is the culmination of a global artwork including participants from 5 continents in 12 different languages. Lexington-based artists Kurt and Kremena have designed 129 cross-stitch kits and 129 tattoo designs unique to the Indianapolis project. We are looking for 129 participants to cross-stitch an exclusive graphic element highlighting the local community. The finished cross-stitches will become part of a gallery exhibition before returning to their creators. Each pair of participants (one receiving a tattoo and one creating a cross-stitch of the same phrase) will be invited to meet at a community celebration and can … Continued

State Farm Community Assist Grants

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com  

Meet Rodric K. Reid: President, Alliance for Northeast Unification

Earlier this spring, Rodric K. Reid was hired as the President for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU). We wanted to give you the chance to get to know him better and learn about the wonderful opportunities in the Northeast Corridor: What is the project in your neighborhood you are most excited about? There are many great things happening in our community to be excited about.  We are nearing capacity for our retail center which will host, in addition to the already opened Goodwill, Save a Lot and Dr. Tavel Eye Clinic- a barbershop, dental office and a pizza restaurant.   Our … Continued

Two Bridges to Career Opportunities Centers Selected for Great Families 2020 Grant

Great Families 2020 is a five-year initiative to improve family stability for vulnerable children and their parents living in four neighborhoods in Indianapolis. The initiative is modeled from the promising practice of the “Two Generation” approach, where neighborhood networks in education, financial stability and health services are integrated to serve the whole family. Two of the First Round Grant Recipients are also part of the Bridges to Career Opportunities program that is overseen by LISC Indianapolis to help low-income workers build the skills necessary to earn a living wage. Edna Martin Christian Center will serve 100 adults and 100 children through … Continued

Near West Community Outreach Event

On June 8th, Source River West was able to participate in the IMPD SW District Community Day Collaboration. This year’s occasion was the 26th anniversary of the Indianapolis Police Department’s commitment to the Haughville neighborhood and the event was held in the Haughville Park. At the event participants enjoyed free food, a petting zoo, clowns, police department specialty vehicles, face painting, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Vendors, businesses, and organizations came prepared to hand out “freebies” and list of upcoming events to the members of the community as everyone enjoyed the fun of being together as a community. This … Continued

Source River West Hosts Successful Open House

In May, the Near West side of Indianapolis welcomed Source River West to the neighborhood. Source River West is an initiative started by the River West Great Place initiative, founded by IUPUI. Source’s mission is to be a hub for entrepreneurs interested in developing businesses in the area west of White River, particularly reviving the once thriving, Michigan Street. Source River West’s open house was on May 23rd, 2017 at the office, 2230 W Michigan Street.  The event was a major success and had a great turn out. It allowed for members of the community to network and become familiar … Continued

State Farm Neighborhood Assist offering Forty $25,000 grants!

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com

Twin Aire Keeps Momentum Rolling

Twin Aire Keeps Momentum Rolling Since the kick-off event earlier this Spring, the Twin Aire Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education committees have formed and are hosting initial meetings.  Dozens of volunteers have committed to this process and make up an excellent cross section of community neighbors, advocates, and professionals. Twin Aire has an amazing opportunity with an EDA Planning Grant, secured by Citizens Energy Group.  This will give the Great Place  wonderful planning resources. The current focus is to be ready for a Community Planning Workshop to take place in mid-July. In order to gather broad community input before the workshop, the … Continued

INHP Anchor Housing Program

INHP Anchor Housing Program Midtown, as the convenor of the Midtown Anchor Coalition (MAC), has teamed up with Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) to provide funding for home buyers or current residents looking for renovations in a Midtown home. This program is open to the public as well as employees of Butler University, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. Whether employees are already homeowners or want to purchase today or in the future, INHP’s comprehensive lending, mortgage, and credit advising and homebuying education services are designed to help clients become and remain long-term, successful homeowners. To learn more … Continued

Circle City Independence Day 4K

Circle City Independence Day 4K Come join us for the Circle City Independence 4K on July 4  through Brookside Park benefiting the Englewood Community Development Corporation. Participants will receive a race shirt, customized bib, chip timing with three recorded splits and overall and age group awards. You must be registered by or before June 27th to be guaranteed a race shirt. Learn more about the Circle City Independence Day 4K

Great Places 2020 Partner Profile: Indy Chamber

Partner Profile: Indy Chamber The Indy Chamber represents nearly 2,000 companies across the Indianapolis metropolitan region; the group recognizes that great places to live are also great places to invest and grow.  The Chamber leads a variety of efforts to expand economic opportunity for the residents of the Great Places 2020 neighborhoods. From offering Entrepreneur Services to campaigning for improved mass transit to supporting redevelopment and historic preservation programs, the Indy Chamber is working to give the people and employers of the Great Places the tools to build thriving business communities and stronger neighborhoods. Read more about how the Indy … Continued

LISC Indianapolis: Program Officer for Workforce Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a Program Officer for Workforce Development in the Indianapolis office. Printable Version: Program Officer – Workforce Development About LISC LISC is a national non-profit intermediary that provides financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities.  The organization works throughout the nation to assist its various partners in the development of affordable multi-family and senior housing, homeownership opportunities, commercial enterprises, community facilities and various community-building programs. Founded in 1979 by the Ford Foundation, LISC has grown to become the nation’s premier national non-profit … Continued

Great Places 2020 Partner Focus: Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber represents nearly 2,000 companies across the Indianapolis metropolitan region; the group recognizes that great places to live are also great places to invest and grow.  The Chamber leads a variety of efforts to expand economic opportunity for the residents of the Great Places 2020 neighborhoods. The Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services team provides free, one-on-one business coaching to new and growing employers across the city.  In the River West neighborhood, a dedicated Chamber business coach provides expert advice, access to microlending and other services to local entrepreneurs who see the potential in this up-and-coming area across the White … Continued

IMPD Chief Urges Congress to support crime fighting partnerships

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach traveled to DC on April 22nd with Indianapolis LISC program officer Aaron Laramore to participate in a joint Department of Justice/LISC Building Partnerships for Crime Reduction Symposium. The symposium was a dialogue with police chiefs, prosecutors, residents and federal officials about successful strategies to put our most distressed communities on a path to safety and economic opportunity and in particular highlighted the importance of the Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation program, championed by Sen. Donnelly.  Chief Roach met with Sen. Donnelly and also the staff of Sen. Todd Young (R, IN). The event brought together law enforcement … Continued

Twin Accounts: Building Credit While Saving

Two big challenges facing many low-wealth families are poor credit scores and the lack of savings to address emergencies or other longer-term goals. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Financial Health Federal Credit Union in Indianapolis have teamed up to do something about that. Working closely with financial coaches in the Centers for Working Families network, the partners launched Twin Accounts.™ Borrowers must be in an active coaching relationship, with a clear set of financial goals, and have the ability to pay $25.00 per month. The borrower takes a loan for $300 which is immediately deposited into a “locked” savings account. The … Continued