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Some great action has been happening already in the first 3 days of the NESCO Games and there’s still great things to come!  Make sure you’re checking the status of your neighborhood team via the NESCO Facebook page, NESCO Website (, or getting out there and participating or watching your neighbors.

Race for Roofs

Reason for the Run:
Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC), has a history of working to strengthen the quality of life for our neighbors on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. This focus has been maintained by offering quality, affordable housing to our diverse neighbors, such as low-income families, the formerly homeless, and those who live with mental illness. Daily, we learn how to better care for our neighbors. This has led us to host an annual 5 mile run/walk with the proceeds going towards rental scholarships for our neighbors who need assistance as they work to provide themselves and their families with a permanent, healthy, stable home.  Registration is still open!  Click on their EventBrite page for more details:

5 Mile and 2.5 Run/Walk

Race Day Checkin Begins: 6:00 AM
Englewood Christian Church – 57 N Rural St.
*Free Key Check-In for all participants
Race Begins: 8:00 AM
Registration Price: $25 before June 12th
Team Registration Price: $20 before June 12th
(Teams must have at least 5 members and register under the same team name to get the discount — Teams can only pay by check).
Late Registration: $30 after June 12th, including race day
*T-shirt guaranteed only to those who register before June 12th

Don’t want to run/walk but would still like to help out?  Volunteer!!  It’s super easy – just click here: to sign up for Race for Roofs on @VolunteerSpot today! You don’t have to create an account or anything annoying like that. We would love to have your help!

Windsor Park: Fletcher Park Project

Check out the great work happening in Windsor Park as they reclaim a neighborhood park and turn it into a great community space!   More information on how they’ve been working on this process can be found on their Facebook page.

St. Clair Place Fundraiser:  Tick Tock Lounge

By popular demand! We are having our first fund raiser at the Tick Tock on Wednesday, June 19th from 6-10pm. $1 off of every drink sold will benefit our neighborhood association. This is a great way to get out and meet some of our neighbors and support not only us, but a new local business on E. 10th St. Hope to see everyone at this wonderful fund raising event at a great new local business.

Cottage Home Summer Solstice

What: Summer Solstice Pitch-In Dinner and Bonfire
When: 6:00PM Friday 21 June 2013
Where: Cottage Home Community Space
Why: It’s the longest day of the year! Thanks, Sun!
Who: You and everyone you know
Come to the Cottage Home Community Space. Bring some food that people like to eat or drinks that people like to drink. Hang out. Celebrate Midsummer. Stick around for the bonfire on the longest day/shortest night of the year.

Popped Up Cinema:  Racing Dreams

Join us on Saturday, June 22 for a special FREE outdoor screening of RACING DREAMS. June’s Popped Up Cinema is brought to you In partnership with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association and Indy Parks at Highland Park.   1100 E. New York Street

RACING DREAMS is a coming-of-age story that follows three young race car drivers with dreams of someday driving for NASCAR. The film has been described as “Catcher in the Rye meets Talladaga Nights.” Watch the trailer here:

The event is FREE and open to the public. Gates will open at 6:30, and the film begins at dusk.

Popped Up Cinema is funded by a $10,000 grant that the organization received in February of this year. Indy Film Fest, represented by Craig Mince, won the grant in a competition that gave individual presenters five slides and five minutes to tell the judging panel how they would improve Indy residents’ access to culture and creativity. The grant, known as the 5×5, is funded by the Efroymson Family Foundation, a CICF fund; and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.


Woodruff Place Home and Garden Tour

Bi-Annual Home and Garden Tour: June 29-30, 2013 noon – 5 pm
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of – Purchase online here:

James O. Woodruff laid out Woodruff Place in 1872, envisioning a residential park with shade-covered sidewalks, fountains, statues, and wide streets with grassy esplanades, all inspired by European communities he had visited.

The home and garden tour is the primary fundraiser for the historic neighborhood. The neighborhood utilizes the funds raised to make improvements in the neighborhood, such as restoration of town hall, fountains, and 10th street wall.


Green Picket Fences:  Willard Park Neighborhood

Check out the great work happening in the Willard Park Neighborhood!  Each picket represents an initiative to build community and manifest the Near Eastside Quality of Life plan.  Green Shepherd Project is a sheep mowing program to reclaim the “look” of our neighborhood from early abandoned war zone to modern English estate.  Green Streets is an Indy Food Fund funded project allowing the neighborhood to buy a golf cart to sell food they grow in Willard Park door to door within Willard Park to eradicate the “food desert”.  For more information check out their Facebook page

Keep Pets Safe this Summer


National Dump The Pump Day – June 20, 2013

On June 20, 2013, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,700 a year.

Show your support by walking, biking, taking IndyGo, carpooling, or finding some other form of transportation to get around on the 20th.  Make a day of it and get your friends involved!

Quick Facts

  • In 2012, Americans took 10.5 billion trips on public transportation.
  • 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
  • Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
  • More than 7,300 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

Public Transportation Helps People Save Money

  • Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.
  • According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,700 a year by downsizing to one car.
  • Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.

Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities

  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 jobs.
  • Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
  • Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.
  • Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales.

Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion

  • Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion.
  • The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
  • Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion.

Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption

  • Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
  • Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint

  • Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.
  • One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
  • A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car.

Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities

  • Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.
  • Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to commute to work, go to school, visit friends, or travel to a doctor’s office.
  • Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans.

Community Action Grant – Peace Learning Center

Have you attended Focus 2020 workshops and become a Focus 2020 Graduate?  This grant application is for you!

Click here to visit the Focus 2020 Community Action Grant website and download the application to complete on your computer today!

We’ve extended the application deadline to July 31, 2013 and will allow individuals who have not yet completed all of the Focus 2020 graduation requirements to apply. However, grant funds will only be awarded once all requirements have been met.

We’ve scheduled two Community Action Grant information sessions to help answer any questions you might have. (Click on one of the sessions below to register to attend.)

Tuesday, July 9th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Peace Learning Center
Wednesday, July 10th from 12-1 pm at Peace Learning Center

Attending one of these sessions is not required, though, it is highly recommended! We will post Q&A’s from these sessions online within 48 hours after each workshop for those who are unable to attend.

IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center

On Tuesdays, IndyHumane’s Animal Welfare Center will be offering low-cost vaccines, microchips, heartworm tests, and flea/heartworm prevention from 4-6 out of the Southeast Youth Center at 924 S. Shelby St.

Assets & Accomplishments:  I-AD

Please join us for our annual community luncheon featuring development updates, achievements, and plans for the future.  Our keynote speaker will be Anna Tyszkiewicz, Executive Director of Indianapolis MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and promoter of Indy Connect, the public meetings shaping the future of transportation in Indianapolis, including light rail, bus and rapid transit. The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Marian, Inc.

To register

Neighborhood Meetings

6/18 –

Spades Park  6pm  Spades Park Library

6/19 –

Windsor Park  6pm  Spades Park Library

Fletcher-Lippencott  6:30pm  Brookside Community Center

6/20 –

Emerson Heights  6:45pm  Wallace St. Evangelical Church

Grace Tuxedo  6:30pm  Tuxedo Baptist Church

6/25 –

NESCO Board Meeting  6:30pm  Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center

6/26 –

TEAR United   6:30pm  Family Bible Church

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