Citizens as Community Builders

Jay Hein

This was a success story for volunteerism as well: As the four McFarlands were sent to Paris for a week, more than 5,000 people signed up to volunteer their time, money, and services via the Estridge website. When the building started 1,946 community members came to the site to volunteer, while 1,492 skilled workers actually built the 2,500-square foot house and adjacent 900-square foot Pack House 2000—a study center and library where McFarland could do his mentoring. Some 200 companies contributed goods and services to the project, but the construction of the McFarland house was just part of what was accomplished that week, among many other charitable contributions by individuals and businesses alike. Thanks to Estridge’s initiative, what started out as a show about one family’s home became about the betterment of the whole community. 

Today, LISC Indianapolis continues to work with Taft at the head, to make changes within communities alongside the community-members who comprise them. 2015 was a record year for LISC as a whole, proving that community development in Indiana is still going strong since its boost during Super Bowl XLVI, and getting stronger.

 Eli Lilly has a rich history of corporate citizenship. One example of Lilly’s commitment to enriching Indianapolis today is its work with the IndyHunger Network. Dave Miner, former scientist and manager at Eli Lilly and Company, works alongside Elanco, Lilly, and Dow Agrosciences to come alonside community leaders to end hunger. These companies were burdened by the fact that one in five residents are hungry in their shared headquarters city of Indianapolis, they are full, active partners in the Indy Hunger Network, a collaboration of organizations in Greater Indianapolis that promotes access for all to nutritious food through a sustainable hunger relief system.