Neighbors and families gathered on front porches to hear stories about days gone by – the neighborhood trolley that used to operate, for example. Neighbors gathered to share information and fellowship – to talk about who had a new baby, who was ill and needed support. Neighbors celebrated their successful demand that the Mayor adopt a trash pick-up program, so that the rodent problem could then be better addressed. Neighbors gathered to share food and recipes, and to support one another.
At INRC, we live every day neighbor-focused. We storytell best practices, connect people and communities, and help neighborhoods create and document great stories to pass down. We know the impact of grassroots leadership on the long-term health of a city and its neighborhoods, and Indianapolis is rich with citizens who are passionate about the amazing assets they have in their community.
Using the principles of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), INRC supports residents and other stakeholders as they build community upon the strength of their neighborhood. INRC supports grassroots community leaders and neighborhood-based organizations as they map their community’s assets and mobilize its capacities. Through this work, grassroots community leaders are creating and strengthening institutions, relationships and processes that support healthy, viable and sustainable communities.
INRC works directly with a variety of partners and stakeholders including:
- Marion County neighborhood-based organizations, including neighborhood associations, homeowners’ associations and faith-based organizations;
- Marion County not-for-profits, including community development corporations, community centers, divisions of government and other neighborhood-based and citywide groups;
- Individuals working to strengthen their leadership skills to enhance and strengthen the quality of life in their neighborhoods and the city of Indianapolis.
Through our programming, INRC supports resident leaders and engages Indianapolis neighborhood-based organizations. Examples include:
- Consulting and Technical Assistance: In 2015, INRC worked with over 15 groups on long-term capacity building efforts; examples include strategic planning and visioning, community leadership and engagement plan development.
- Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI): In 2016, 3 neighborhood organizations graduated from the 30+ hour ICBI coursework. An additional 400+ people participated in other short-term training programs offered by INRC.
- Public Allies Indianapolis: In 2016, 16 young adults who were placed with 14 not-for-profits graduated from the 10-month AmeriCorps Public Allies Apprenticeship program.
- Presidents' Roundtable: INRC provides support, quarterly gatherings and peer-to-peer connections with its 140+ member organizations.
- Alumni support and connections: As INRC's alumni base of program graduates continues to grow, INRC is directing resources to supporting, connecting, tracking and celebrating the work of program graduates.