The Lilly Scholars Network (LSN) Give Back INitiative
We are forever grateful for the incredible scholarships we were awarded, through our Community Foundations, on behalf of the Lilly Endowment and this year we are extending our volunteer efforts to serve communities around Indiana through a new month-long statewide service event to take place in April 2017. This event will take some of us back to our roots and help others take root and bloom where they are now planted. Click here to view the press release.
Through this statewide service initiative, we aim to:
Current and alumni Lilly Endowment Community Scholars were invited to sign up to serve as Project Leads in the fall of 2016. We are thankful these scholars have signed up to lead the charge. Our Project Leads have worked hard to organize volunteer projects in their selected counties. Some scholars chose to plan a project in the county from which they received their scholarship award, while others have organized an event in their current county of residence or another Indiana county of their choosing. Now that the Project Leads have planned their projects, we are excited to invite other Lilly scholars, as well as family, friends and other community members to serve alongside us.
Our Project Leads have organized service projects as part of the Give Back INitiative in the following Indiana counties:
Click on the county name above to view the project details by county and register to volunteer via Eventbrite OR view the list of projects by date below. A calendar of all of the projects is also displayed on the right sidebar of this page. If you want to know more about the incredible scholars who are leading the charge to make change in their communities, click here to read profiles on our Project Leads. We look forward to sharing photos and videos from our events throughout the month of April! Be sure to check this site and also follow us on Twitter (@LillyScholars) for updates.
If you are unable to join in on one of our existing projects, but want to serve in your community this April as part of the Give Back INitaitive, we'd love to see you volunteer in your community and invite you to share your volunteer experience with us. We have scholars who are out of state, and in some cases out of the country, who are participating in this way and we can't wait to hear their stories! If you plan to serve where you are and share your story, email us at email@example.com and we'll be sure to follow-up with you!
Committed to bringing scholars together to pay it forward,
Your LSN Alumni Board
PROJECTS BY DATE
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Washington County: Dare to Care
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Southern Hills Church, 1645 IN 135, Salem, Indiana, 47167
Project Lead: Claire Shelby
We're hosting a fundraiser where children ages K-5 pay to participate in activities such as sock wars, games, a dance room, movies, etc. All of the money raised will be used to buy backpacks and clothes for Dare to Care's Backpack Buddies program, which fills backpacks with necessities (food, clothing, etc.) for students for the weekends. Help us put on this fun event!
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Marion County: Wheeler Mission
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Wheeler Mission (offsite facility), 375 W. Edwards Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46217
Project Lead: Tana Willibey
We have partnered with Wheeler Mission and will be doing outdoor work at one of their facilities including landscaping, painting, yardwork, etc. Roll up your sleeves and come serve with us!
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Posey County: Brittlebank Pool
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Location: Brittlebank Swimming Pool, 1200 Brittlebank Road, Mount Vernon, IN 47620
Project Leads: Simon Blaze Hoehn and Bryana Schreiber
Join us to help prepare our community swimming pool for summer fun. We'll be scraping the paint off the bottom of the pool and repainting it. It'll be awesome to see our progress and we're bringing treats and beats to ensure everyone has a great time.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Johnson County: Rock The Block
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Greenwood, IN 46131
Project Lead: Bryana Schreiber
Join us for Rock the Block on Saturday, April 22 at Center Grove High School. We'll be participating in the 5K walk/run to raise money for KIC-IT/ Kids in Crisis Intervention Team!
Ripley County: Sunman Park Project
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Sunman Park, 219 N. Meridian Street, Sunman, IN 47041
Project Leads: Christina White, Kendra Rienschield and Adam Record
Help us revitalize our local park! Creative volunteers will develop a social media marketing campaign for the Sunman Park Board while others will paint and update the building.
Elkhart County: Wellfield Botanic Gardens
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location: Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514
Project Lead: Sallyann Yakym
Help prepare the gardens at Wellfield Botanic Gardens for spring! We will be doing various outdoor jobs such as weeding, planting, raking, etc. There are jobs for every age so please bring your families!
Greene County: Reunion Dinner & School Supply Drive
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
Location: J Seven Sports Grille, 59 S. Main Street, Linton, IN 47441
Project Lead: Emily Steward
We invite Lilly Endowment Community Scholars who either received their scholarship from Greene County or currently reside in Greene County to attend a get together/reunion dinner at J Seven Sports Grille in Linton. In lieu of paying for your dinner, we ask that you please bring school supplies to donate and we are going to give them to the local elementary schools.
Additionally, we are going to have a presentation about some of the opportunities available in our community where Lilly Scholars could give back - such as different committees or boards you could serve on.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
Hendricks County: Sheltering Wings
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Sheltering Wings - 1251 Sycamore Ln, Danville, IN 46122
Project Lead: Casey Vician
For Hendricks County we are going to be serving at Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter serving Hendricks County and surrounding areas. Our volunteers will be working to assemble furniture and assisting with other miscellaneous tasks at the shelter as the organization is renovating their kitchen facility and several bedrooms. Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear shoes you can work in. If you are only able to make it for a portion of this event, please note the time you plan to be there in the notes section of your registration.
Hamilton County: Unified Track & Field
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Carmel High School, 520 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032
Project Lead: Emily Lammerss
We are going to be helping with various aspects of the Unified Track and Field meet at Carmel High School. Volunteers will assist with things such as timing, measuring long jump, setting up, etc. Champions Together and Special Olympics have joined together in order to create Unified Track programs in high schools. Unified track is a chance for athletes to see if they like the structure of sports and can be a springboard to the Special Olympics.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29
Allen County: NeighborLink Fort Wayne
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Location: TBD, at the home of a vulnerable neighbor in need
Project Lead: Brett Meyer
We'll be volunteering with NeighborLink Fort Wayne (NLFW). NLFW provides tangible assistance to neighbors in need. Frequently, this takes the form of lightweight home improvement and outdoor projects for the elderly, disabled, or victims-of-circumstances. Join us to serve Allen County's most vulnerable.
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