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Homeless resources in Indianapolis

This week, Indianapolis Star reporter, Maureen Gilmer, wrote a story about seeking help for a homeless mom. The story referenced the Street Outreach Rapid Response Team, and other nonprofits that acted immediately to secure a spot for this family. To learn more about Indianapolis’ services, read her article. Just like that, within three hours, a […]

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Ready, set, go: Boys & Girls Clubs help kids look beyond high school

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For Linda Foster, 16, and Taneiscia Persinger, 15, middle school was a struggle. Both had blase attitudes about school, which were reflected in their grades. Then about three years ago, they each had a relative who cajoled them to join the Boys & Girls Club in their neighborhoods. That’s […]

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Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indianapolis in 2006. Forced, intense exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce, delay and even reverse, some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At its flagship Indianapolis location, 19 classes are offered each week, serving more than 200 people. Sixteen “Training Camps” are presented each year to replicate and […]

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Groundwork Indy’s roots

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In the 1980s, Liverpool, England started an experiment. The city worked with young people to improve areas that had been neglected. After seeing some success, Groundwork UK was established by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to promote local partnerships that could rebuild Britain’s bypassed urban communities through community-led strategies. Its […]

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Groundwork Indy: Developing a neighborhood and youth

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Most teenagers don’t sit around talking about invasive plants and medicinal herbs or brownfields. But at least a half dozen area teenagers are the exception. Isaac, 15, Adarin, 16, Nashawn, 16, Randie, 16, Aliza, 15, and De’Shawn, 19, spend Saturday mornings researching and learning more about these topics, while […]

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Bouquets make a difference

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors At Random Acts of Flowers (RAF), recipients of the arrangements are touched and surprised. “The calls we get from these recipients, they just make you weep because you know what that arrangement looked like. You know it was not a big extravagant bouquet, it was a tiny little happy, […]

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The healing power of flowers

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Over the ages, flowers have taken on symbolic meanings. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese refer to the use of flowers in their stories and myths. The Greeks considered flowers to be of particularly high importance and associated them with the gods. But the language of flowers, floriography, can […]

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Solving conflict? Can be as easy as child’s play

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Except for a few Revolutionary War buffs, few people have likely heard of French nobleman Comte de Rochambeau. Rochambeau fought with the colonists against the British, and there’s an old tale that he and George Washington played rock, paper, scissors in a tent shortly after the British surrendered at […]

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YouthBuild Indy offers hands-on education

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The refrain is a familiar one, and young people hear it all the time: “Study hard, go to college, get a good job.” For many students, it’s great advice. In a competitive marketplace, a good education is vital. Rodney Bussell, program director at YouthBuild Indy, is all for studying […]

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