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March Newsletter

Register for Neighbor Power Indy!

On March 4, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) will host the annual Neighbor Power event: a gathering to inspire, engage, and celebrate our neighborhoods. 

The event will include interactive, resident-led workshops, neighborhood storytelling, and a neighborhood awards ceremony.This year’s theme is Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy City. This event is an excellent opportunity for community leaders to tell their stories about about effecting change.
(Courtesy of the INRC)

This year, support fellow Mid-North neighbors as they share their stories about the community.

In the past, MFCDC has facilitated workshops on varying topics, such as Destination Fall Creek and our remonstration against the gas station on Central Ave and 32nd Street. Also, Neighbor Power Indy! presented Mid-North organization Walk Urban Indy an award.

Click here for more information, to register (you must register to attend) for the event, and find workshops that interest you.


Basketball Tournament Finale and Community Day

Head to the Little Bethel Crosstown Community Center (LBCCC) on March 4 to enjoy a day of competitive basketball and celebration at The City League Community Day. Enjoy seven different basketball games featuring several former professional athletes, each team vying for a $2,000 cash prize. Community Day also features a skills competition, 3-point shooting and dunk contest, raffle drawing, dinner, and awards for the players.

Northeast Corridor and Mid-North Quality of Life groups came together to create The City League Basketball Tournament and Resource Fair with the goals to raise the awareness of the community center and build rapport among neighbors. LBCCC’s location along Fall Creek at 3279 North Winthrop Ave provides an amenity-filled intersection between Mid-North and Northeast Corridor residents and partnerships. The community center features a basketball court with new bleachers, a kitchen area and concession stand, an indoor track, and many classrooms available for community meetings, workshops, discussions

MFCDC is dedicated to empowering residents to collaborate across neighborhoods to celebrate a shared identity and safe community through community building in events like this. 

The first basketball game of the day tips off at 9am and the championship game is slated for 7:30pm. For more information, such as times for other events, visit here.


Mid-North CAN Meeting

Attend the Mid-North CAN (Community Assembly of Neighbors) to learn what is happening with the Mid-North Quality of Life Plan and the Great Places 2020 initiative and how you can get involved. The meeting
will take place March 8 at The Children’s Museum. RSVP here.

As a part of Great Places 2020 at Maple Crossing, MFCDC and other partners helped begin and implement the revitalization and rebuilding process of Tarkington Park. Biederman Redevelopment Ventures was engaged to assist in the creation of a programming, maintenance, and operations plan for Tarkington Park and they are seeking community feedback on desired programming.

Please fill out this survey to provide your input.


OYEA! Kite Competition and BBQ Day

The Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy (OYEA!) will host both a kite contest and its first-ever BBQ Day during the month of March. 

The finals of the kite competition and the BBQ Day contest each take place at Watkins Park on March 25. More information can be found on OYEA!’s calendar here.

OYEA! is an initiative of the Dirty Dozen Hunting and Fishing Club that serves as a bridge between the urban community and nontraditional outdoor sporting activities. The organization has been a collaborating partner for the Mid-North Quality of Life Plan and the Destination Fall Creek initiative.

(Outdooryouth.org)

 


Community Spotlight: Women’s Unheard Voices

With the goal to give power to “frontline women,” Women’s Unheard Voices was born.

Members of Women’s Unheard Voices meet at the Kheprw Institute with the goal to “give voice, empower, and organize women whose voices are not being heard,” said Denise Abdul-Rahman, a member of the group. “What bills would they want supported at the Statehouse? What bills should we write based on our real, lived experiences?”

Frontline women, as explained by Abdul-Rahman, are “women living in communities disproportionately impacted by bad public policy…these women are often economically poor women of color and their voices are the voices that should be catapulted into the public arena.”

Women’s Unheard Voices will meet for a potluck dinner (if you plan on attending, please bring a dish) for women and allies at the Kheprw Institute on March 8 from 6:30-8pm. 

For more information, click here.


MFCDC Vendor/Contractor Fair

MFCDC will host a Vendor/Contractor Fair on March 30 from 1-4pm at 3026 Ruckle Avenue. This event is an open house/meet-and-greet session. Light refreshments will be provided. MFCDC selected the address of one of our rental units as the location for the Vendor/Contractor Fair so those attending can familiarize themselves with the caliber of work we expect in our homes and neighborhoods.

Those interested in future work with MFCDC should attend and bring business information and a business card. MFCDC will provide a welcome packet of more information about our organization and staff will be on hand to meet you and to answer questions.

To RSVP, email Monica Lunderman, monica@mfcdc.org


KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Great Indy Cleanup 2017 officially begins April 1 and extends through October. Those interested in leading a community cleanup may apply through the KIB website. KIB will supply cleanup groups with a dumpster, trash bags, and gloves.

Bill Lamb will lead a neighborhood cleanup April 22 from 12-2:30pm near 39th street, Graceland Ave, and North Capitol Ave. If you have any questions, you may contact Lamb at williamlamb58@gmail.com or (317) 549-5238.

Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy will facilitate a cleanup from 8am-noon on March 25. Cleanup efforts will be focused on the east side of Fall Creek Parkway from Burdsal Parkway to 38th St. Call 317-541-0271 or visit OYEA!’s website for more information or to sign up.

The Crown Hill Neighborhood Association will host a cleanup on April 8. Email Carleen Carter for more information, carterc061020@yahoo.com

Highland Vicinity Neighborhood Association will also host a cleanup up on April 8. Email Rev. James Whitfield for more information, jawhitfield1749@yahoo.com

 


Youth Employment Oppurtunity

TeenWorks is a six-week summer job program for teens that combines paid employment, job readiness courses, and civic engagement opportunities. The teens will spend their mornings working for neighborhood organizations in various capacities and their afternoons learning leadership skills, practicing for job interviews, and writing resumes. 

(Teenworks.org)

There are 480 positions available to teens in Marion and Delaware Counties. Applications must be submitted by April 10 to be considered for this summer’s employment. Teens are asked to make sure to include their social security number, parent or guardian phone numbers, guidance counselor name, and contact information for a reference prior to beginning the application.

As a partner with MFCDC for the Great Places initiatives, TeenWorks is dedicated to providing opportunities for the youth in the Mid-North community.

Apply to TeenWorks here.


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