Community News….United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer Awards

Know an award-worthy volunteer? Nominate them today!

United Way of Central Indiana is seeking nominations by August 10 to honor volunteers whose contributions to nonprofits in Central Indiana over the past year have advanced United Way’s community impact work in education, income, health, basic needs and diversity.

To learn more or submit a nomination, visit Nominees must live or be based in United Way of Central Indiana’s service region: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

Honorees will be recognized Friday, September 18, at a reception in the Hilbert Circle Theatre Wood Room overlooking Monument Circle. Following the reception, they will be recognized as part of United Way’s BIG Kickoff with the Indianapolis Colts.

We look forward to celebrating some wonderful volunteers who are helping change lives and communities for the long-haul in Central Indiana.


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Indianapolis, IN, 46208

United Way of Central Indiana brings together compassionate people who are committed to improving lives in our community.

For nearly 100 years, we have strived to help all Central Indiana residents achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by focusing on four key areas of community impact – Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs – in the six-county region of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

We invest in expert research and perform regular community assessments to identify the areas of greatest need and to advance the best solutions to address these needs. Then we work with strategic partners such as businesses, human services agencies, schools and governmental institutions to ensure your dollars do as much good as possible.

Please join us in improving the life and health of our community by volunteering with United Way programs and other meaningful service opportunities; advocating by telling your friends and colleagues about your involvement with United Way; and by giving a gift to support our mission.

Community News….Ferguson Action Council

From: Ferguson Action Council
Subject: On August 9th, #UnitedWeFight for Justice

It has been almost one year since the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. and the uprising that followed. Our movement has grown immensely and here in Ferguson and St. Louis, we continue to fight for all those who have been lost. From August 7-10th, we will stand together, united in purpose, as we uphold our commitment to this movement for Black Lives.

Over the last year, our movement has made it clear that Ferguson is Everywhere. That’s why we’re using the hashtag #UnitedWeFight — because we lift up and demand justice not just for Michael Brown, Jr., but for Sandra Bland, for Kayla Moore, for Yvette Smith, for Kajieme Powell, for Dontre Hamilton, for Taneisha Anderson, for Vonderrit Myers and for far too many more.

We invite you to join us in St. Louis for the Anniversary Weekend. We have a huge variety of events planned including mass meetings, rallies, concerts and protests. If you can’t join us, we ask that you plan solidarity actions in your own communities. We ask that groups honor Michael Brown Jr by participating in a four and a half minute National Moment of Silence on Sunday, August 9th at 11:55AM CST. We also ask groups to join us in a day of mass civil disobedience by planning Moral Monday actions for August 10th. Investigations and reports are not enough. We must demand federal intervention into the systematic terror against people of color by police. Check out the schedule for the #UnitedWeFight weekend and register your solidarity actions here!

You are invited to join us on national calls that we are hosting in the lead up to August 9th for those planning on coming to town or planning solidarity actions. Register here for the call Tuesday, July 28th at 8EST/5PST, register here for the call Thursday, July 30th at 8EST/5PST, and register here for the call Sunday, August 2nd at 8EST/5PST. Call in and be a part of making history!

#UnitedWeFight Weekend is organized by the Ferguson Action Council — a wide coalition of groups that came together after Mike Brown’s murder and the Ferguson Uprising. We look forward to you joining us!

With determination,

The Ferguson Action Council

Ferguson Action · United States

Motivational Monday 7/27

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Encourage One Another (Say Encouraging Words Daily)

Make it a Habit to Encourage Others — (Words of Encouragement Change People)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…Ephesians 4:29

The PR Girl Toolbox….

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Six Habits Of Ambitious People

Ambition isn’t a dirty word. Channeled correctly, it’s the motivator to a satisfying life.

Ambition gets a bad rap. The trait that pushes someone toward success can sometimes turn into a game where winning isn’t about achieving; it’s about beating the other person. Channel it correctly, however, and ambition can bring great results.

“On average, ambitious people attain higher levels of education and income, build more prestigious careers, and report higher overall levels of life satisfaction,” says Neel Burton, psychiatrist and author of Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions. “Many of man’s greatest achievements are the products, or accidents, of their ambition.”

The key is to pursue healthy ambition: “People with a high degree of healthy ambition are those with the insight and strength to control the blind forces of ambition, shaping [it] so that it matches their interests and ideals,” says Burton. “They harness it so that it fires them without also burning them or those around them.”

Nearly anyone can be ambitious given the right internal and external stimuli, says Jason Ma, author of Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers. Here are six things you can do to harness your ambition and focus on success over competition:

1. They set goals but don’t share them.

Ambitious people are goal-oriented and are always striving towards the next accomplishment, but healthy ambition involves keeping your goals private, said entrepreneur Derek Sivers in a 2010 TED Talk “Keep Your Goals To Yourself.”

Psychologists have found that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen, Siver explained: “Any time you have a goal, there are some steps that need to be done, some work that needs to be done in order to achieve it. Ideally you would not be satisfied until you’d actually done the work. But when you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that it’s called a ‘social reality.’ The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already done. And then because you’ve felt that satisfaction, you’re less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary,” Siver said.

2. They are willing to take risks.

Ambition takes a willingness to step into fear and anxiety, says Burton. “Some people are better able to tolerate this fear, perhaps because are more courageous, committed, or driven, and can minimize the fear,” he says. “Ambitious people act with purpose, but allow themselves room to explore, experiment and discover.”

“Don’t be surprised if a breakthrough emerges from a well-managed crisis,” adds Ma, who is also CEO of ThreeEQ, a firm that mentors high-achieving teenagers and adults. “Ambition is the act of being an innovative change-maker.”

3. They expose themselves to new ways of thinking.

Ambitious people break away from consistent groupthink, and expose themselves to new ways of thinking.

“Talk with and learn from people different from you,” suggests Ma. “Be open to dialogue with acquaintances and even select strangers, as you may uncover interesting opportunities.”

Burton says ambition makes people resourceful: “It forces us to grow, often in unexpected ways,” he says.

4. They are focused on execution.

Often people spend the most time working on building their skill set and researching solutions or possibilities. While it’s wise to craft and execute a strategy for any given type of important vision or outcome you want to achieve, ambitious people put the main emphasis on pulling the trigger.

“An executer is one who gets shit done,” says Ma. “If your execution is poor, nothing matters.”

5. They don’t compete with other people.

Your biggest competitor should be yourself, says Ma. “Avoid the trap of comparing yourself with others, and measure success only against what you are capable of achieving,” he says. “Nothing beats hard work with focus and passion. Stretch yourself.”

6. They Surround themselves with other ambitious people.

Finally, Ma suggests applying the “power of proximity” by networking with clusters of successful people.

“[The late entrepreneur and author] Jim Rohn said: ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,’” says Ma. “Find role models. Befriend and learn from mentors. Make friends with people smarter than you and more successful in fields you are interested in.”

Community News….The Red Line and Transit Oriented Development

The Red Line and Transit Oriented Development
Boards on Display for Public Review July 2, 2015 through August 19, 2015

Hello Everyone!  It’s been a while since we sent out a newsletter, but we have exciting things coming this summer and fall, particularly around the Red Line!  


Many of you will recall our three rounds of public engagement around the Red Line in 2013, culminating in the adoption of the Red Line Alternative Analysis. In 2014, we received a $2 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant to complete environmental analysis on the entire Red Line corridor through Westfield, Carmel, Indianapolis, and Greenwood, and to complete final design for the first phase of the Red Line between Broad Ripple and the University of Indianapolis. We’re up and running on those tasks, and we will be asking for your feedback in July and August on Red Line station locations, station design, and how to prioritize sidewalk and trail improvements to help connect you to your station. Watch for specific dates and meeting locations in the coming weeks!


Your input will help firm up our Red Line cost estimates, which we’ll need to submit a detailed funding application to the Federal Transit Administration this September.  In coordination with that effort, the City of Indianapolis is planning to update the Comprehensive Plan in late August 2015 to incorporate the policies and recommendations for the Red Line within the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Plan.  We’ve created a few boards and posted them at libraries and other public locations along the Red Line corridor in Indianapolis.  We encourage you to check them out, but we’ve combined them into this handy infographic if you’d like to view the boards online. 


Feel free to contact us if you live or work on the Red Line and would like us to come and update your neighborhood, church group, professional colleagues, or any other organization that you work with, and watch for announcements in the near future about upcoming public meetings and chances to participate in the Red Line planning and design process. 


The Red Line TOD boards will be on display at the following locations from July 2, 2015 through August 19, 2015.


Nora Library Branch

8625 Guilford Ave

Indianapolis Arts Center

820 E. 67th St.

Glendale Library  Branch
6101 N. Keystone Ave.
College Avenue Library Branch 
4180 N. College Ave.
Central Library
40 E. St. Clair St.
The Hall 
202 N. Alabama St.
Fountain Square
Library Branch
1066 Virginia Ave.
Garfield Park Arts Center
(or Family Center depending on space available) 
2432 Conservatory Drive
Southport Library Branch
2630 E. Stop 11 Road



Indy Connect
200 E Washington Street | City County Building, Room 1922 | Indianapolis, IN 46204

Wellness Wednesday 7/22

Real Talk:

I woke up one morning as a normal day, to view my emails and go about my day as normal. Midday I was getting these headaches, (normally get headaches so I thought nothing of it…maybe I skipped breakfast I move so fast some days I can hardly tell. I continue to go about my day and started to feel better, at the end end of the day, I lay down and felt something wasn’t right …God said listen to your body.

I go to the local drug store to get aspirin since I couldn’t take the headache any longer (I am not a pill taker). The lady at the desk said you don’t look so good, I said head ache….gotta love them, she said maybe you should check you blood pressure at our kiosk. Mmmmm I don’t have high blood pressure never have, but maybe it can tell me about something else that might be triggering it….to make a long story short my blood pressure was so high I had a mini stroke at 42 and didn’t even know it, it’s definately a silent killer!!!!

Pay Attention To What Your Body Say

High Blood pressure doesn’t announce its arrival or smack you in the head when it comes calling. This “silent Killer” is so named for a reson: Many people don’t know they have it until there’s a medical crisis. High blood pressure aka hypertension makes the heart work too hard, increasing the risk of heart disease and a stroke.

Live Life…Do Good…Live Well!

“Things I’m Lovin Lately” (July)


Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin

Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard plus Picaridin offers over 6 hours of protection from mosquitoes and keeps the gnats and flies away for about 7 hours. The main ingredient used in the product is picaridin, which is considered as an effective DEET alternative. The product can be used for all outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when sunscreen protection won’t be needed.

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Eyefi Connected

Eyefi SD Cards and Camera Compatibility

Eyefi SD memory cards are designed to be compatible with virtually every digital camera model. That means our products will automatically transfer pictures to your smartphone, tablet or PC, wirelessly. Our engineers work directly with every major camera company with this goal in mind.

We continually test our products and make compatibility information available on our website so that our customers can verify Eyefi SD cards will provide wireless transfer capabilities in their camera. If you purchased an Eyefi card and it turns out to be incompatible with your camera, just return it to us for a refund, no questions asked.


Community News….Central Indiana Job Fair


Central Indiana Job Fair

Hosted by Congressman André Carson
In cooperation with Ivy Tech Community College

This event will connect more than 85 Central Indiana employers with job seekers. We hope to see you there!

Hosted By

Congressman Andre Carson

 Congressman Carson’s Office 317-283-6516

Date Time Location
 Wednesday, August 5, 2015  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center
2820 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Register for our job fair

Whether you’re an employer or a job seeker, our Central Indiana Career Fair is for you!

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Indiana’s Family and Social Service Administration is hosting ten regional stakeholder meetings in the coming months to help shape a strategy for implementing a No Wrong Door system.

No Wrong Door will improve consumers’ experiences in learning about and accessing Long Term Services and Supports in the state.

This is a great opportunity to offer your thoughts on how the No Wrong Door system can best reflect the needs of consumers, their friends, families, and caregivers.


July 31, 2015 8:30am – 11:30am

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

4755 Kingsway Drive # 200, Indianapolis, IN 46205


August 6, 2015 8:30am – 11:00am

The Social of Greenwood

550 Polk Street, Greenwood, IN 46143

Please attend the one that best fits your schedule….

If you would like more information on the No Wrong Door system, please visit the following web page:

For more information about the event,

please contact the event facilitator:

Sharon Baggett

Motivational Monday 7/20


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As you all know I’m a community activitst and that’s what this blog started as a foundation for community awareness and building our communities. So if your goals are to be more involved in the community this year orany given day here are a few tips to get your Monday started off right.

We have embraced social media: It’s a recognition that this medium of communication is immediate, compelling and very useful for feedback. Things change quickly with social media so it needs to be a whole organisation approach.

The lead needs to come from the community: We facilitate and support. Communal facilities and partnership working with all agencies is critical so the area is cohesive and people can see everyone is working together.

It is important to remember that there are people who will not become digitally engaged: There will always be vulnerable customers who need face-to-face support. We need to ensure we work with the IT community hubs in our areas, and also we provide computer access in our offices for customers, but critially train local community champions in all these to spread supporting information.

Partner up: The voluntary and community sector have a lot of experience and it is important to support them rather than develop new programmes outside of this. That is the only way we can develop sustainable programmes and community ownership.


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