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Indy Do Day 2023: A day of service for the Indianapolis community

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Indy Do Day is a community-wide day of service held on the last Saturday of September. It is a day for people of all ages to come together and make a difference in their community.

In 2022, an estimated 10,000 volunteers participated in Indy Do Day. In addition to volunteers, numerous businesses and organizations participated in Indy Do Day, such as Clean Indy, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

A few of the initiatives hosted by these organizations included a Clean Indy trash pickup along roads and creeks, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana food drives, Habitat for Humanity construction projects on new and existing homes, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation park improvement projects, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful beautification projects.

This year, Indy Do Day will be held on Sept. 23. Many organizations who participated in 2022 will return to lend a helping hand in giving back to the City of Indianapolis. Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the MLK Center Mary Dickens spoke about the center’s plans for the weekend of Indy Do Day.

“We have a few events coming up around [Indy Do Day],” Dickens said. “The Center is gearing up for our Fall Break camp, Fall festival and the return of our ‘Books and Breakfast’ event.” The latter event is coordinated by the Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement at Butler University.

Keeping Indiana Beautiful has been getting involved in Indy Do Day during the entire week of Sept. 16. According to the organization’s official website, Keeping Indiana Beautiful has planned several tree plantings, mulching, weeding and community cleanups for the week of Indy Do Day.

In addition to these organizations and events, many other groups and individuals will participate in the community-focused day. There are projects for all ages and abilities, so everyone can get involved.

Dior Johnson, longtime Indianapolis resident, emphasized that Indy Do Day is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and make a difference.

“There are projects for all ages,” Johnson said. “This allows everyone to participate in Indy Do Day in their own unique way.”

Contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoralParham. For more news from the Indianapolis Recorder, click here.

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