If ONS residents would like to extend their effort year round, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) has a program that will help keep the ONS beautiful.
Joe Jarzen, Director of Community Engagement for KIB says Adopt-A-Block is a great way to become engaged in the community. KIB encourages individuals, schools, churches and business to adopt their block to keep streets free of litter and to get others involved in the neighborhood. Block by block, the program has grown to over 900 blocks adopted throughout Marion County, and has been an effective way to improve a neighborhood’s quality of life and community connectedness. Neighbors get to know one another and show that their street is cared for, and KIB provides tools, networking events and even a small grant program to support these local individualized efforts.
Spring through autumn are always high months for cleanups, but even as we head into the cold winter months, a need for litter pick-up remains a key piece. Each neighborhood has varying levels of litter problems and challenges that they face, but regardless a neighborhood with trash along the curbs can be detrimental to the overall experience. Adopt-A-Block helps provide residents the tools, such as brooms, shovels, litter grabbers and door hangers, to support them in the effort to clean up litter and build community.
The map below (from KIB.org) shows which blocks in the ONS have been adopted. Only three areas in the entire neighborhood are consistently looked after by an ONS resident. Residents are encouraged to sign up to adopt their block by learning more and completing the application at http://www.kibi.org/ adopt/ or contact Joseph Jarzen and Matt Wakefield at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.