Volunteers

Global group taps local woman to lead Indy chapter

August 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jennifer Burns is looking for a couple of dozen twenty-somethings who, like her, share the lofty goals of the World Economic Forum, the organization that gathers heads of state and CEOs each January in the Swiss mountain town of Davos.
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Tradesmen team with voluntters to fix Crooked Creek homesRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
Teams of tradesmen, followed by an army of unskilled volunteers, descended on the Crooked Creek neighborhood in April to fix up 20 homes.
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9-year-old Kokomo girl raises funds for storm victim

December 25, 2013
Associated Press
Kyndal Mellady decided to make bracelets and sell them for $1 apiece, allowing her to raise hundreds of dollars for a woman she didn't even know.
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Lilly volunteer service day blooms into citywide effort

October 9, 2013
Dan Human
More than 60 companies plan to participate in the three-day Indy Do Day volunteer marathon, which kicks off Thursday in conjunction with Eli Lilly and Co.'s Global Day of Service.
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Lacy leadership initiatives to combine under one roof

August 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Leadership Indianapolis will combine the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and the programs of the Lacy Leadership Association, and then expand their common mission to be more proactive.
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Not-for-profit credited with bringing dream of local pro soccer team to life

April 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Brickyard Battalion started informally as a support group for an imaginary soccer team. But it was the impetus for starting a real-life North American Soccer League franchise in Indianapolis, scheduled to launch next year.
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Group recruiting 'standing army' to support charters

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
A new group of 40-something professionals in central Indiana is hoping to do for education reform what the amateur sports initiative did 35 years ago: spawn a generation of leaders to work on a long-term challenge.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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Katie Betley throws herself into community serviceRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Katie Maurer
Whether she’s working with the Indianapolis Zoo, the United Way of Central Indiana or Butler University, Katie Betley is a constant presence in civic circles, a whirling dervish of volunteerism and can-do spirit.
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Innovate Indy nurtures community-improvement ideas

June 21, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Innovate Indy, a program of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Public Allies Indianapolis, encourages citizens to act on their ideas for improving the city. One of the most promising ideas to result: Re-Hub, which aims to reuse materials from abandoned homes.
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Ice Miller lawyer contributes far and wideRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Ann Finch
Melissa Proffitt Reese joined Ice Miller LLP straight out of law school, and has spent the next three decades juggling an employee-benefits practice there with a whirlwind schedule of community involvement.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters lands $1M from Taco Bell owner

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Taco Bell owner Charlie Brown is topping off his longtime support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana with a $1 million gift. The gift is the largest by an individual in the not-for-profit’s history.
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Throng of volunteers involved in staging Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s biggest event of the year will be run almost entirely by an army of volunteers. Some 8,000 volunteers are helping to execute the preparations for the Super Bowl, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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Riley doctor on quest to quell class warfareRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Riley Hospital for Children doctor is launching a training center for a national anti-poverty program called Circles, which matches poor people with middle-class “allies.” The idea is that people find their own way out of poverty by expanding their personal networks to include the middle class.
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Board member matchmaking event set for Fieldhouse

September 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
The “Get on Board” event will include exhibits from 68 local not-for-profit groups looking to fill board vacancies. The Lacy Leadership Association expects more than 500 people to attend.
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John Thompson preaches the possible, leads by example

September 24, 2011
Marc D. Allan
John Thompson’s humble approach to community service has earned him the distinction of being the 18th recipient of IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award, given annually to a man or woman who has demonstrated the former deputy mayor’s qualities of determination, humility and devotion to the community.
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School on Wheels wants dozens of volunteersRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization provides tutoring to students in area homeless shelters.
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Center on Philanthropy lands funds for study of volunteering habitsRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
School at IU will examine link between participation levels and unemployment.
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Net Literacy teaches Internet skills to those in needRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Sean Morrison
Teen's brainstorm results in internationally recognized not-for-profit that promotes computer literacy and safety, including programs for financial literacy and computer repurposing for donation to Indianapolis areas in need of the technology.
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ANNALA: Sweeping cultural change has bettered not-for-profitsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Times have changed, and along with those changes during the past four-plus decades have come at least four aha’s! for Ellen Annala, longtime CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana.
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Study reveals military veterans' attitudes about community service

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There is a connection between military service and civic engagement for some groups of veterans, but the overall relationship is not that robust.
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Girls Incorporated seeks time, not money

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Girls Inc. needs 100 new volunteers by the end of December to facilitate winter programs across the metro area.
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Award winner Boehm defines public service

October 9, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Although Ted Boehm, who clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren and served 14 years on the Indiana Supreme Court, has collected a lifetime of recognition, winning the Michael A. Carroll Award for his public service to Indianapolis is "something special" to him because Carroll was an admired friend.
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Coordinating Lilly 'Day of Service' a major undertaking

October 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Getting 8,500 volunteers to where they're supposed to be along Interstate 70 relies on a system of color-coded passes. By 6 p.m. Thursday, they'll have planted 1,600 trees and 72,000 shrubs and perennials (with photo gallery).
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Not-for-profit Leadership Ventures calling it quits

June 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Local organization that helped other not-for-profits attributes June 30 closing to economic downturn.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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