We keep hearing (and IndyHub’s research tells us), that people are more likely to stay and thrive in a place where they can contribute to the community. Being able to draw that connection to your neighborhood makes its problems (and successes!) yours. For over a decade, IndyVolved has been able to help 20- and 30-somethings connect to Indy’s community organizations and get engaged in a meaningful way. I’m proud to say I have been able to come full circle to become IndyVolved.
I’m an Indy native and one of Indy’s biggest cheerleaders. A few years ago, I realized I needed to do more. I heard about IndyVolved from one of Indy’s unlikely champions, but definitely the loudest, the late and great Denver Hutt, who hailed from California. She encouraged me to learn more about IndyHub and to attend IndyVolved. Once she confirmed there was beer (Sun King Beer at that), I was in! Denver, your legacy lives on in me, because that suggestion set some great connections in motion. IndyVolved was a lot smaller then, but I met some great people working with great organizations and found an event I knew I would return to year after year.
One of those connections lead to my first board of directors experience with Freewheelin’ Community Bikes. At the time, I was heavily involved in the city’s outreach and implementation of bike infrastructure around the city. Freewheelin’ was changing the lives of community youth using bikes and bike mechanics. Biking was a huge part of my life and I couldn’t wait to help them spread their message. I knew they needed to be at the next IndyVolved. So there I was, setting up our booth and recruiting other young professionals just like me, the previous year.
Years later and after much growth I’m so honored to be able to work so closely with the IndyHub staff as Event Chair. I’ve seen this event in all its stages and I can proudly say it’s one of this Indianapolis’ signature events encouraging Indy residents to start or strengthen their civic journey. Leading the planning committee has been a very exciting experience and allowed me to make new connections. Being around fellow Indy advocates that are shaping our city on the regular creates an infectious energy I hope you all feel at the event. I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and creative ideas.
Each year, new groups join the lineup and focus on some of Indy’s major issues and areas of need. For the first time, we are happy to welcome Indianapolis Power and Light Company as the presenting sponsor of IndyVolved 12; just emphasizing that employers understand their employees want to live, work, play, and engage in the Indy community. Join us this year, grab a friend or co-worker, and come have a beer and a bite with more than 100 non-profits and thousands of young professionals!
IndyVolved 12 is this Thursday, June 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Central Library.
RSVP in advance and be one of the first 600 in the door for an awesome swag bag!
Find the Exhibitor listing at indyhub.org/indyvolved