From September 27 to 29, Indianapolis residents will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Indy Do Day.
This year, about 30,000 Indianapolis residents can get to know their neighbors and volunteer throughout the city — and it’s not too late to sign up for the fun.
Jenny Dexter, Indy Do Day co-chair and director of business development at Matchbook Creative, volunteered with the Presidential Site last year. She and her team will continue that tradition this year as we take on the Great Talbott Street Clean-Up.
We spoke with Jenny last week to ask about her experience with the project.
Q: What inspired you to take on the Indy Do Day co-chair position?
A: The opportunity to work closely with so many organizations, businesses and schools to call Indianapolis the most civically engaged community in the nation.
Q: Last year you volunteered with the Presidential Site. Can you describe what that experience was like?
A: I really appreciated that your team put together opportunities to work 1-2 hours and 3-4 hours depending upon each volunteer’s time constraints. That was helpful to me as I moved around to visit many of the Indy Do Day projects that day. The Presidential Site’s project was well organized and fun. It was set up so that my team and I could work well together. Your staff was welcoming and helpful. The post-event communication was great. My team had such a great experience that we’re back again this year.
Q: What do you hope to see this year?
A: The Presidential Site is surrounded by small businesses, apartments, single-family homes and non-profit organizations. I’d love to see representatives from each one of those segments participating in your project.
Q: How would you describe Indy Do Day in three words?
A: Macro civic engagement
Q: Why would you encourage people to participate in Indy Do Day?
A: There is a direct correlation between philanthropy and being happy. Giving back immediately positively affects our community, our relationships with others and ourselves. The impact of accomplishing these things with over 30,000 other volunteers during the course of Indy Do Day’s three days of service cannot be denied. I would encourage everyone to go out and be happy with 30,000 of your closest friends!
Register now to help with the Great Talbott Street Clean-Up. We hope to make the street a safe, and welcoming space for the neighbors and more than 19,000 kids who will visit the Presidential Site this year.
In light of new public health announcements made by the CDC—as well as by the Mayor of Indianapolis—we are closing the museum for all public events and tours through at least May 1. Until we re-open, please explore our website, which contains an extraordinary array of history & civics e-learning opportunities, including primary resources, original photographs, and 3D scans you can even print! Our staff remain available to serve you (remotely) and we welcome your continued support.
Thank you for being an important part of the Presidential Site and sharing a legacy in action!