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Why I’m supporting The IndyHub Foundation this Giving Tuesday- A letter from a 20-something

Posted by: Mary Casino
Posted: December 3, 2019
Categories: Civic Engagement, IndyHub

Over 6 years ago, I made the best decision of my life and took a leap of faith to pursue my collegiate career at Butler University. As a Chicago-native, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew that coming to Butler, I would receive a gold-standard college education. What I didn’t know was that I would find what I was least expecting, yet needed the most.

During my time at Butler, I said yes to every opportunity that came my way! I spent my time studying chemical structures and disease states, taking exams and working on complex projects. Just as important, I also spent my time joining organizations that fueled my passions. I always had a “yes” attitude to whatever opportunity came my way. I took on leadership roles like leading 300-student leaders for Butler University Dance Marathon and rebranding our American Pharmacist’s Association’s chapter by initiating dozens of new patient care projects. These experiences brought me transferable skills and built my character, but more importantly they brought my best friends.

I never thought I would call Indianapolis home and I credit that to IndyHub.

Over 2 years ago, I met a woman by the name of Ashley Miser at a round table discussion at Butler. A few coffee chats later, Ashley and the IndyHub family invested in me (a pharmacy major!) to become their inaugural Digital Media Intern (I told you – I have a “yes” attitude!). That’s what IndyHub does, they find potential in people even when the individuals themselves cannot see it.

During my tenure at IndyHub, I assisted with social media, brainstormed new projects, helped with events including their largest event – IndyVolved, and truly became a part of their team. I worked on marketing events and IndyHub exclusives like Passport for the Arts, Think and Drink, Hello Neighbor and so much more with the incredible Laura Granieri!

I helped built the intern program that lives on to today, but most importantly, I became a part of the IndyHub network. I saw firsthand the power of community engagement. I have met people in this network from all walks of life with different stories yet share one common goal of setting out to make Indy a thriving city for young leaders. I never thought I would call Indianapolis home and I credit that to IndyHub.

Although I no longer serve in the role of intern, I upgraded to an even better position – lifelong supporter. Even after my official year or so ended on staff, I continue to stay involved in every capacity I can. I will be graduating in May and my future is still uncertain, but I do know I will always be cheering on #Indy and IndyHub. Catch me at the next Five to Seven or Think and Drink!

So why should you support IndyHub? IndyHub is an advocate for the future, the people and the dreams that lie inside of Indianapolis. I am a 20-something year old, a graduate student, a future healthcare professional, an inspiring marketer, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an advocate for Indy and a wholehearted supporter of IndyHub.

IndyHub invested in me 2 years ago, and today I am asking for you to invest in them.

IndyHub invested in me 2 years ago, and today I am asking for you to invest in them. For 15 years, the IndyHub Team has given back to the people that make Indy what it is, all with the goal of making our city the most welcoming city in the country. I ask you to join me this Giving Tuesday in donating $15 in honor of 15 years of connecting, engaging and empowering the young leaders that make Indy an incredible place to live and work.

The best part? Your donation will be doubled for twice the impact thanks to IndyHub’s Official Giving Tuesday partner, West Fork Whiskey Co.!

Make a tax-deductible donation to The IndyHub Foundation for Giving Tuesday! Photo by Tessa Tillett Photography.

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