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October Newsletter

MFCDC Launches #GivingTuesday Campaign

We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is your opportunity to give back. Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation needs your generosity to help support our parks and greenspaces. If you are unfamiliar with #GivingTuesday, here is some background:


#GivingTuesday is a global, giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and for the communities in which they live.


Neighborhood children enjoy a rest between playing ball at our Ruckle Street Park.

When you give to MFCDC for #GivingTuesday, you will also be purchasing NAP Credits. Not only will your money go directly to improving maintenance, infrastructure, and programming of neighborhood parks, but you will also get half of your donation back on your Indiana taxes.

Another neighborhood child engages in a panel of the StoryWalk, located on Ruckle Street.

Currently, we are almost halfway to our NAP fundraising goal of $8,256. With your help and generosity, we hope to raise 60 percent of our goal by January and the full amount by the end of June. If you wish to give back for #GivingTuesday, please consider MFCDC and your community’s parks. If you would like to find out more about NAP credits and how you can give back, visit our website, the IHCDA website, or send JD Sparks an email at!


Our Park Avenue Park offers inter-generational activities, from swings and a jungle gym to work out equipment for older folk.


Staff Spotlight: Kelly James

Meet Kelly James, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation’s newest staff member and an AmeriCorps Public Ally.

Kelly was born in Maryland, but raised in Carmel, IN. She graduated from Indiana University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. During her time there, she engaged with the local community through her membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kelly is passionate about nutrition education and community work. She currently volunteers as a nutrition educator with the Cooking Matters program in Indianapolis. She will be serving as Community Builder at Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation to further health and hunger efforts in the Mid-North Indianapolis area. Kelly hopes to gain lifelong professional skills and relationships. Fun fact: Kelly is a vegetarian.

 Mid-North Hosts Public Ally Team Service Projects

Both the Mapleton-Fall Creek and Crown Hill neighborhoods have been selected to host AmeriCorps Public Ally Team Service Projects (TSPs). These groups of five or six Public Ally service members will be working  throughout their term of service with their assigned neighborhoods. Alongside a representative from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, a community leader, and the community itself, the groups will develop sustainable projects for their neighborhoods. For those interested in meeting the Mapleton-Fall Creek team, they will be present at the Oct. 12 Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association meeting at Phillips Temple. They will also be canvassing Mapleton-Fall Creek near the end of October with a questionnaire with the goal of getting to know neighbors better. For more information on Public Allies Indianapolis, click here. There are three TSP groups total, and the third group will be working in the Mars Hill neighborhood.


The Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood TSP group consists of (from left) Lauren, Maxx, Stephen, J.D., Caylie, and Kelly.

Wes, Alexis, J.D., Carla, Marcus, Renee, and Tanner make up the Crown Hill TSP.

Kaitlin, Casby, J.D., Ari, Drew, and Ashley have their TSP in the Mars Hill neighborhood.


Delaware Street Gateway Celebration

Herron High School members perform originally written and choreographed dance and slam poetry in front of the Silver Fall sculpture Friday, Sept. 29 evening at the Delaware Street Gateway Celebration.

On Friday, Sept. 29, Mid-North Area community members and stakeholders enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship at the Delaware Street Gateway Celebration at Silver Fall Park. MFCDC CEO Leigh Riley Evans  kicked off the event and explained to the crowd the hard work, dedication, and dollars put into transforming the Spider into the Delaware Street Gateway. After a few words from City-County Council Members William Oliver and Vop Osili, a pair of Herron High School students performed original slam poetry and modern dance. Once the formalities finalized, those in attendance enjoyed connecting and talking to one another to tunes spun by Deckademics DJ School founder Nick Saligoe and a student of his.


City-County Council Members William “Duke” Oliver (left, District 9) and Vop Osili (District 11) say a few words during the Delaware Street Gateway Celebration while Nick Saligoe of Deckademics DJ School prepares to spin records behind them. 

Community members and stakeholders gather around the Silver Fall sculpture at the Delaware Street Gateway Celebration Friday, Sept. 29.

We want to send a sincere thank you to everyone who came to the Delaware Street Gateway Celebration and those who made the dream of its transformation a reality. This includes partners such as Reconnecting to our Waterways, Green 3, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc., Citizens Energy Group, the City of Indianapolis as well as many others.

Highland Vicinity to host Community Gathering and Health Fair

The Highland Vicinity Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Community Gathering and Health Fair on Oct. 14 from 10am-3pm at New Liberty Baptist Church (29th and Kenwood/Illinois).
“It is our intent to promote positive relationships among neighbors and to build greater awareness about health and safety for our families,” said Reverend James Whitfield, Highland Vicinity Neighborhood Association President, in a press release.
Community members are invited to come and check out the vendors!

Support Our Efforts

Help us continue our efforts to connect neighborhood partners to help, serve, revitalize, stimulate, and invest resources to rebuild an affordable, safe, and vital community.

Additionally, because MFCDC believes we are stronger together, we keep our Events Calendar up to date to inform our neighbors about what is happening in our community. Visit our calendar below.

Upcoming Events