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Updated: Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012, 2:33 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012, 2:33 PM EDT
Thursday, October 11,marks Lilly’s fifth Global Day of Service, in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Work this year will primarily be focused along six waterways as part of a larger city-wide collaborative known as Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW).
With more than 100 partners across the city, jointly led by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Lilly and the City of Indianapolis, ROW is helping neighbors strengthen the waterways that flow through their neighborhoods and, in turn, helping the waterways strengthen the neighborhoods.
Dave Forsell from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Sherrie Bossung from Eli Lilly talk about all of the projects scheduled for the day of service including the nearly 8,000 Lilly employees and other volunteers who will be picking up litter and removing invasive plants.
For more information: www.ourwaterways.org
LILLY’S FIFTH GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE FOCUSES ON LOCAL WATERWAYS
Nearly 8,000 volunteers working together to improve neighborhoods along waterways
INDIANAPOLIS– Thousands of employees from Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), in a sea of red
T-shirts – and other volunteers from numerous neighborhoods, nonprofits and businesses – will work
from dawn to dusk on Thursday, October 11, as part of Lilly’s fifth Global Day of Service. Work
primarily will be focused along six waterways as part of a larger city-wide collaborative known as
Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW).
With more than 100 partners across the city, jointly led by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Lilly and the City
of Indianapolis through SustainIndy, ROW is helping neighbors strengthen the waterways that flow
through their neighborhoods and, in turn, helping the waterways strengthen the neighborhoods.
Nearly 8,000 Lilly employees and other volunteers will pick up litter, remove invasive plants, mark storm
drains, and paint or install public art projects. The work done through this year’s Global Day of Service
will lay the foundation for future improvement efforts along the waterways of the following six
West Indianapolis and Near Westside, White River/Eagle Creek
Mid-North, Fall Creek
Lafayette Square, Eagle Creek
Midtown, Central Canal
Near Eastside, Pogue’s Run
Southeast, Pleasant Run
Lilly employees will also work on projects for organizations directly related to Lilly’s business, such as
the Little Red Door Cancer Agency and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana. Globally, about
20,000 Lilly employees in 40 countries will serve the communities where they live and work.
“We’re excited to get busy and help our community during our fifth Global Day of Service,” said John
Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president and CEO of Lilly. “This year is about partnering with diverse
groups to do more than any of us could have done alone. Together, we’re focusing on projects that
support the health of Indianapolis residents while also strengthening our local waterways, which is good
for the long-term health of our city.”
Unlike other large land-locked metropolitan cities, Indianapolis has not capitalized on its waterways.
Reconnecting to Our Waterways began earlier this year with the goal of leveraging leadership and
financial resources to help strengthen neighborhoods along Indianapolis’ main creeks, canal and river –
making them more attractive for residents, inspiring economic development and creating a sustainable
environment. In partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the City of Indianapolis’ Office of
Sustainability, Lilly has provided early leadership, financial resources and now thousands of volunteers to
identify, prioritize, and complete projects that have been dreams or discussions for months or even years.
“Our waterways are one of our greatest, most underutilized assets,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg
Ballard. “By working together to create more livable, sustainable neighborhoods along these waterways,
we will drive investment to our community while also reaping the benefits of a cleaner, safer environment
and water supply. The City of Indianapolis is proud to partner with these great organizations to achieve
The majority of this year’s Global Day of Service projects will be laying the groundwork for new plant
material to be installed in 2013.
“This year, we have ambitious plans to remove litter and invasive honeysuckle by the acre," said David
Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. "Lilly's work along Fall Creek will begin to open
views to once underappreciated places; enabling future restoration with native and beneficial plants.
These shores and greenways will be transformed from forgotten and detrimental, to places where people
and nature can thrive.”
By partnering with ROW for its Global Day of service, Lilly aims to inspire other companies to consider
investing volunteers and financial resources in ongoing ROW efforts.
Global Day of Service Partners
As in years past, Lilly’s Global Day of Service represents significant community
collaboration. This year,
numerous community partners are lending nearly 500 additional volunteers for these and other
community projects. These partners include:
American Diabetes Association, Big Car, Butler University, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, City of
Indianapolis Department of Public Works, City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, City of Indianapolis
Office of Sustainability, Destination Fall Creek, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Hoosier
Veterans Assistance Foundation, Indiana State Fair Commission, Indianapolis Fire Department,
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indy Parks, IPS Key Learning
Community, Ivy Tech Community College, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Lafayette Square Area
Coalition, Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Mapleton Fall Creek CDC, Midtown, Oaks Academy
Brookside, Paramount School of Excellence, Waste Management, West Indianapolis Development
Global Day of Service by the Numbers
Since its first year in 2008, Lilly volunteers around the world have given nearly 500,000 volunteer hours.
This total time is valued at about $10 million.
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