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The Indianapolis Urban League will have a drive-thru offering free boxes of pantry staples and ready-to-serve meals, an NCAA 2021 Final Four swag bag and flu shots at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at 777 Indiana Ave.

The Indianapolis Urban League will have skill-building workshops Nov. 10-18. The resume building workshop will be Nov. 10; mock interviews via Zoom will be Nov. 12 and Nov. 13; changing careers and transferring skills will be Nov. 18.

A health holiday cooking demonstration by Tanorria Askew of Tanorria’s Table will be Nov. 12.

For more information, visit www.indplsul.org.

Toy drive

The 20th annual YMCA Holiday Toy Drive will provide about 3,000 children from low-income families and those living in shelters with two to three toys. This year the toy drive will be a drive-thru event. Distribution to families who register in advance will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Champion Pavilion. Toy donations are accepted at any YMCA location until Dec. 17.

Project Reindeer, also known as Breakfast with Santa, provides breakfast and gifts to families experiencing homelessness. This year Project Reindeer will make mobile deliveries to families. Gifts can be purchased from the YMCA’s Amazon Wish List until Dec. 9. Donations may also be made to indymca.org/annual-campaign-support.

Ready for Winter grant

Local restaurants, bars and entertainment venues can apply for the Ready for Winter grant, which will reimburse businesses up to $2,500 for expenses related to adding outdoor seating during the winter, until Nov. 20.

The city allocated $1 million to help businesses pay for heaters, outdoor seating, canopies or other necessary PPE. 

The grants may be used for purchases or rentals incurred and/or paid July 1 through Nov. 20. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn about the required documents, visit here. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • For-profit independently operated restaurants and bars, and live entertainment venues that are subject to Marion County Food & Beverage tax and were forced to shut down or operate at reduced capacity by state or local government as a direct result of a Public Health Order;
  • Business must have a properly permitted permanent or temporary outdoor seating area, or if unable to operate an outdoor area, business offers food delivery via a third party; Located and/or headquartered within Marion County; and
  • Established before February 15, 2020.
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