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November Newsletter

Mid-North Area Groups Celebrate the Season 

Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to set aside time to enjoy good food and great company. This holiday provides social space to let it be known what we are thankful for. Various neighborhood organizations in the Mid-North area plan to use this Thanksgiving occasion to hold celebrations, dinners, or pitch-ins with the aim of bringing the community together in fellowship. Here is a list of a few celebrations this month:

A Friendly Reminder to Give Back

While a good number of us may be fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving surrounded by food and our loved ones, there are those among us who may not be so lucky. To help alleviate hunger in the Mid-North area, please consider donating time or money to the Mid-North Food Pantry. There are several ways you can give back to The Mid-North Food Pantry, located at 3333 North Meridian St.:

Or, if you or someone you know may be in need of food supplies or a hot meal, various organizations around the Mid-North Area offer these services. This includes the Mid North Food Pantry, which offers a soup kitchen each Sunday at 12pm. North United Methodist Church’s Bread and Bowl runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12pm and every other Saturday at the same time. Nov. 11 is the next Saturday Bread and Bowl is offered. Tabernacle Presbyterian Church offers The Open Door, which is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-12:30pm. Patrons may come and grab a hot meal for free. The Broadway United Methodist and Our Redeemer Lutheran Churches offer food services to children in school. Broadway United Methodist may be reached at (317) 924-4207 and Our Redeemer at (317) 925-3588 for more information.

Also, Tabernacle Presbyterian Church’s Fresh Stop and the Kheprw Institute’s Community Controlled Food Initiative use collective buying power to bring buyers affordable produce once a month. Click on the links for more information.

For those interested in involvement in how our community can work together to solve food access issues in the Mid-North Area, consider attending the Food Access Task Force Meetings the second Monday of each month at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church at 6pm.

#GivingTuesday is Almost Here!

With less than a month before #GivingTuesday, we are just over 50 percent of our $8,256 goal! With your help, MFCDC knows we can make #GivingTuesday a success. Our donors believe in us and the work we do and want to see the Mid-North Area succeed. Ryan Funk, the President of the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association, gave MFCDC a donation because he believes the return on investment is incredible! Check out his #UnSelfie!

When you give to MFCDC for #GivingTuesday, not only does your donation improve our pocket parks’ programming, infrastructure, and maintenance, but you also receive half of your donation back on your Indiana state taxes! To donate or to find out more about the Neighborhood Assistance Program, click here!

Community Spotlight: Hope Russu, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate

Hope Russu is now serving Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate for the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood. Hope is preceded by longtime public servant, Ms. Betty Smith-Beecher. Ms. Betty retired on Aug. 30, 2017. Hope began serving our community on Oct. 2, 2017. We are proud to welcome Hope to the area!

Hope serves the the neighborhoods included within the following boundaries:

North of 16th St.
South of 38th St.
East of Kessler
West of Fall Creek & Pennsylvania

Hope is a Class of 2008 alumna of Xavier University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and played women’s lacrosse. Prior to working for the Mayor’s Office, Hope served as Chief Deputy for the Marion County Board of Voters Registration. Going forward, if you have new questions, comments, or concerns, please reach Hope during her community office hours at MFCDC (3190 N. Meridian) on Thursdays from 2-4pm or by using her contact info below.

cell: (317) 429-7806

Staff Spotlight: Scotty Probert

A third-generation Angeleno, Scotty made the move to Indianapolis earlier this summer seeking a more sustainable lifestyle. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego where he studied urban policymaking and researched multinational water policy for The Journal of Urban History, Scotty returned to Los Angeles where he began working with environmental non-profits focused on restoring and revitalizing the Los Angeles River and its watershed. As Watershed Program Coordinator with The Arroyo Seco Foundation and Policy Associate with Friends of the Los Angeles River he conducted public policy research and prepared reports, helped run community and educational forums on the rivers, and served as a stakeholder on municipal, regional, and statewide working groups focused on revitalizing and restoring an urbanized watershed that is home to nearly nine million people. He is interested in contributing to the welfare of communities experiencing rapid reinvestment, having both studied and experienced urban renewal failure and its impacts on long-term community members. As an AmeriCorps member with the Indiana Financial Capability Corps, he is responsible for managing MFCDC’s Individual Development Account savings program to help build individual and family financial capacity.

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.

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