Resident Involvement

Harnessing civic minded residents' energy

  • Strategy

    Define the motivators for individual benefits of civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy and social responsibility by cohort and life stage.

    Actions:


    Examine how peer cities that are ranked higher than Indianapolis define civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy and social responsibility and how they measure their performance. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

  • Define the terms civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy, and social responsibility. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

  • Examine local and national barriers to civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy and social responsibility. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

  • Define the individual benefits of civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy and social responsibility. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

  • Examine the motivations and benefits of community engagement for the community as a whole, and for specific age cohorts, race and culture, and life stage. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

  • Create a communications plan that includes social media, traditional media, community outreach and organizational outreach to raise awareness and communicate the benefits of civic leadership. More details

    Leadership Indianapolis

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    Start Date:

    January 15, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

  • Elevate the findings of the IndyHub’s Love Indy Fellowship (Millennial Voices 2015) in collaboration with Leadership Indianapolis. More details

    IndyHub

    50%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Utilize the findings of both the Millennial Voices 2015 and IndyHub’s 2013 study to illustrate the benefits of civic engagement amongst Millennials. More details

    IndyHub

    50%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Strategy

    Educate residents in the greater Indianapolis community on the benefits of civic engagement, volunteerism, philanthropy and social responsibility.

    Actions:


    Utilize Get IndyVolved to continue the promotion of volunteer opportunities to Millennials and young professionals, annually. More details

    IndyHub

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Strategy

    Develop a strong, compelling communication plan and message for the various communities, stakeholders and residents of Marion County.

    Actions:


    Highlight and utilize IndyHub’s existing communications framework and the findings of previous civic engagement studies to support corporate HR’s new employee civic engagement each month. More details

    IndyHub

    25%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Strategy

    Work to ensure that residents, non-profits and government agencies understand where there are opportunities for citizens to engage and where there are gaps.

    Actions:


    Maintain and grow a volunteerism clearinghouse and tracking mechanism. More details

    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

    50%

    Start Date:

    August 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    February 1, 2017: Implemented platform to allow people to post and find volunteer opportunities. Now working to grow and expand the number of opportunities and volunteers.

  • Working with mission aligned partners, schools and community development organizations, identify gaps in volunteer needs. More details

    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

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    Start Date:

    July 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    July 31, 2018

  • Strategy

    Develop a strong, compelling communication plan and message for the various communities, stakeholders and residents of Marion County.

    Actions:


    Aggregate data from community agencies, institutions and consulting firms to support the purpose and benefits of community engagement and volunteerism (part 1 of 5). More details

    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

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    Start Date:

    July 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Disseminate local and national findings on how community engagement and responsibility grows communities, neighborhoods, businesses and people (part 2 of 5). More details

    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

    0%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2018

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Project:

    Welcoming Cities Task Force

    https://www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org/

    Almost 100 business and community leaders, including immigrants and refugees, are working on Immigrant Welcome Center’s Welcoming Cities Task Force to create an immigrant integration plan with recommendations on how to make Indianapolis and more welcoming city for immigrants.

  • Project:

    Adopt-A-Block

    http://www.kibi.org/programs/beautification/adopt-a-block/

    Established in 2002, Adopt-A-Block engages thousands of neighbors to reduce litter, combat graffiti, tackle high weeds and grass, and build community at the smallest city unit–the block! The Adopt-A-Block program energizes new neighborhood volunteers to participate in community activities. Street by street, neighbors inspire each other by setting an example of environmental and community stewardship, dramatically improving their quality of life.

    Neighborhoods with high Adopt-A-Block participation are leaders in developing pocket parks, community tree plantings, and vibrant greenspace projects throughout the city. This program empowers neighbors to bring beautification and neighborhood revitalization down to the smallest unit, the block. Neighbors keep their block clean of litter on an on-going basis, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful provides them with tools and resources to help in their efforts. Individuals volunteer as block coordinators to lead in their block’s beautification. KIB provides the tools, trees, and flowers, and neighbors beautify our city together, block by block.

  • Project:

    Tree Tenders

    http://www.kibi.org/programs/planting-trees/tree-tenders/

    Tree Tenders are volunteers who feel personally invested in KIB’s effort to plant 100,000 trees in Indianapolis and meet like-minded philanthropists and volunteers. Tree Tenders serve as urban forestry advocates and provide knowledgeable, committed volunteer support for the KIB Community Forestry team at planting projects, workshops, and on pruning days. Tree Tenders are committed to planting trees in their communities, helping KIB Community Forestry with projects across the city, and leading small groups of volunteers. Among other things, their support is vital to the success of KIB’s events and mission.

    KIB provides a Tree Tender certification that includes tree basic training, planting and watering field training and pruning field training. Each Tree Tender volunteers at a minimum of three Community Forestry tree planting projects over the course of a calendar year.

  • Project:

    IMCPL Strategic Plan – Resident Involvement

    http://www.imcpl.org/strategicplan/

    Libraries are democratic community spaces that welcome all points of view. With information at the core of meaningful civic engagement, a Library is a logical place to gather and share. The Indianapolis Public Library embraces this concept and provides residents opportunities to participate in unbiased civic life conversations.

    We increase resident involvement in municipal government by partnering with IU Center for Civic Literacy, Indy Chamber, League of Women Voters, GIPC, Indy Urban League, Indiana Humanities Council, IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership to offer programs that educate residents about the history, structure and future of our local government. We partner with the Secretary of State’s office to hold voter registration drives in our branches, sharing information about upcoming elections. The Library partners with WFYI Broadcasting to host a robust series of conversations about topical educational issues facing families. These include conversations about; Chronic Absence, Bullying, Early Childhood Education, Education Accountability, Teacher Town Halls, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, IPS Transformation Plan and School Chooser.

    Thought provoking exhibits at Central Library address controversial issues and encourage dialogue among citizens. The art installation known as “Kin Killin’ Kin” brought together the Mayor’s Office, the Indianapolis Police Force and Community Leaders to view graphic images of the devastation caused by gang shootings in our neighborhoods and reflect on those that lost their lives. Students also visited the exhibit and participated in follow-up educational activities where emotions and feelings could be shared.

    These examples of Library forums illustrate how the Library can be a catalyst for community dialog on issues of local and national importance. We strive to be a civic focal point and resource center in our community and the best one-stop source for people to locate quality information about commonly shared life challenges.