April 23, 2007

The Great American Clean-Up will focus on our neighborhood this weekend.

In partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the new Gateway Business Alliance and the University Heights Neighborhood Association, UIndy is pre-registering volunteers willing to help clean the University Heights neighborhood as part of an ongoing restoration process on Indianapolis' south side.

The Great American Cleanup is the first of three events this year sponsored by the Gateway Business Alliance to encourage the revitalization of the city's Southside.
This is the first year for the cleanup, which is planned to expand into other neighborhoods in the coming years. The sponsoring organizations are hoping to rally residents to come out in support of their community.
"When four volunteer organizations come together to make something happen, it is a significant accomplishment," said David Wantz, associate vice president for community relations at UIndy. "This is a great way for businesses and community members to come together, get involved and take pride in their neighborhood."
As an added incentive, volunteers will receive free breakfast, sponsored by Starbucks, and lunch. Those who pre-register also will receive a free T-shirt. If you can't pre-register, show up Saturday and we'll put you to a good use. The schedule for the day is as follows:

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome Ceremony
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Neighborhood Cleanup
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Entertainment

Where: Registration, breakfast, and lunch will take place at the Stierwalt Alumni House parking lot. The clean-up will take place throughout the neighborhood.

Contact: Marianna Kalli at (317) 916-9375, kallim@uindy.edu
or Eric Raider at (317) 788-3357, raiderwe@uindy.edu


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