Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB)
In A Nutshell:
They unite people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement in the Indianapolis area.
Why They Rock:
- Each year, KIB supports an average of 500 community improvement projects with 40,000 volunteers.
- Eli Lily Global Day of Service (great video): KIB organized beautification of an 8 mile stretch from the airport to downtown – they closed the interstate for 12 hours!
- KIB Clubs: provides ‘hands-on’ opportunities for students in tree plantings, creating wildlife habitats and gardens, litter abatement, recycling, and other environmental projects.
- Marion County Tree Project: KIB plans to plant 100,000 trees by 2017 (yes, 5 zeros…they totally dominate).
Quite often people ask me what I am going to do after 50Give and usually my first response is to visit the beautiful Redwoods Forest for a break from XXX billboards, rest stop bathrooms (6pm toilets), and my Starbucks tall in a grande cup…just excited to feel purity. KIB feels my love for nature and is bringing pure beauty back to Indianapolis…it’s a matter of time before the Colts change their blue to GREEN!
I arrived to the new green headquarters of KIB and was stoked to see they are living their mission: gigantic rain barrel, wind turbines, white roof, pervious pavement, and other green best practices that should be standard on all buildings. Ginny my boss for the day is green/cool as could be…also lives in the 2nd oldest home in Indianapolis built the 1820s (that right there is 72 cool points). First task was to build garden beds for elementary schools with the assistance of Jorge – who is the 50Give role model: volunteer in his thirties and plans to have their entire family volunteer with KIB once their son is old enough to help…need to clone Jorge and make him the tour posterboy (poster: Jorge holding baby in one hand, the other hand equipped with a drill pointing to the sky shooting green lightning bolts, and his wife on his shoulders in the human chicken-fight position…yes this is coffee speaking).
Noon arrived and KIB supplied a complimentary lunch from Yats…yummy creole in Indianapolis?! After digesting my tasty grub we loaded a trailer with garden beds for delivery to two elementary schools. Jorge and I created a cool spoke design for 7 beds and I got to play in compost…creative design makes loco – photos below tell the story! Back to headquarters and energetic president Dave asked me to write a blog article about beauty – and I crafted an entry about all-star volunteer Jorge. The day ended with KIB Weed Pulling Happy Hour right on property led by chillcat Jenny; people of all ages attended to weedify and celebrate with Sun King growlers.
Hospitality in Carmel, Indiana started with my non-profit friends from LIFE of Mississippi who connected me with the loving family of Henry and Mignon. The couple provided me their basement…full bar, huge TV, and Legos! The home was buzzing with activity since they are showing their house (for sale) and Mignon was dominating the largest half-marathon in the United States!
It’s refreshing and very important that KIB is making nature a priority, they reminded me that green paradise is making a comeback…yes the Redwoods are magical although majestic natural beauty can be felt in the cities of America. Make GREEN a habit: plant a tree, recycle daily, pick-up litter and repeat…grow the habit and then pass it on.
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren, and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish, and trees.” – Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation