What is it?
Indy DO Day consists of several days when the people of Indianapolis get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods and take care of one another. It’s decentralized, ground-up, people-powered community improvement. It’s about pride, shared ownership, and stronger relationships. It’s about building the most civically-engaged community in the nation where everyday is a Do Day.
How to do it?
Participating in Indy Do Day is as easy or complex as you want to make it. Indy Do Day is a framework for service and action, and does not need to organize or approve community projects. Be creative in how you participate and give back to the community. The sky’s the limit!
If you’re a company, organization, or other group, you can find a way to help 3 different ways:
- Find your own project by looking around your place of work or service area, or asking your employees or team members about organizations they’re involved with or needs they’re aware of. Choose a project, make contacts with any community or other partners, and organize a volunteer service project. It’s a great project for up-and-coming leaders in your organizations!
- Adopt an identified project by browsing needs that have been submitted by local non-profit and community organizations. Once you find a project that fits your abilities, you will be able to make contact with the organization partner and begin working out the logistics of helping.
- Offer technical resources, services, or supplies your company can contribute to help others with projects by posting them.
Indy Do Day isn’t just about a single day of service. It’s about building the most civic-engaged community in the nation where every day is a Do Day. Before, during, and after please share photos, videos, and testimonials about what you’re doing with us on our Facebook page and on Twitter (@IndyDoDay and #IndyDoDay). We’ll also be inviting all Indy Do Day volunteers to participate in a survey that will help us measure meaningful impact.
Why do it?
It’s good for everybody:
Strong communities are built from the inside out…by people who are personally invested and can see their investments matched and multiplied by others.
It’s good for neighborhoods:
Committed residents and organizations build and renew partnerships to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
It’s good for learners:
When stewardship is regularly taught and modeled, it can become woven into how people interact, and care for, their communities.
It’s good for the mission:
Diverse community, cultural, and faith-based organizations can transform their commitments into tangible action, and unite the members along the way.
It’s good for business:
There is a growing consensus that giving employees a day, or even a few hours, to work in the community is good team building, good brand building, and good business.