By Lisa Watson
On April 23, seven not-for-profit organizations with a focus on Irvington came together to hold the first Volunteer Irvington event. The goal was to showcase the volunteer opportunities that each organization has available. There was a great and steady turnout, and we all met a lot of wonderful neighbors, including those who are new to the neighborhood and lifelong residents.
Thank you to the organizations that participated, volunteers who helped with the event, and neighbors who stopped by. Congratulations to Malinda Cox Baker, whose name was chosen at random for the $20 door prize.
Volunteer Irvington’s next step is to work with DiscoverIrvington.com to include links to the organizations as well as the volunteer opportunities that are available. In the meantime, see the following information about the nonprofit organizations that participated and feel free to contact them for more information.
- The Benton House: This historic Irvington home — built in 1873 in the Second Empire architectural style — is maintained through the volunteer support of The Benton House Association, under the administration of Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the annual book sale and home tour.
- Friends of Ellenberger Park: Master landscape architect and urban planner George Edward Kessler designed this park in 1909, with the intent to maintain the land’s mature trees and natural paths. This organization is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the park as a resource for its surrounding communities through effective advocacy, stewardship, and fund development. Volunteer opportunities include beautifying or monitoring the park or lending a hand in coordinating special events.
- Friends of Irving Circle: This charming park on Audubon Road, with a fountain, mature trees, and a bust of Washington Irving, was once part of the Butler College campus in Irvington. These days, Friends of Irving Circle maintain the park and host summer concerts. Volunteer opportunities include park beautification and cleanup, and assisting with summer concerts and Irvington Luminaria.
- Historic Irvington Community Council: This organization’s mission is to have a positive, lasting impact on the quality of life in Irvington.
- Irvington Development Organization: IDO works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood, and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Volunteer opportunities include grant writing, communications, and staffing the IDO booth at events.
www.facebook.com/irvingtondevelopment and @IrvDevOrg
- Irvington Garden Club: Founded in 1999 is a group of community minded, garden-loving neighbors from Irvington (and beyond). IGC is one of many clubs in the central district of The Garden Club of Indiana. The organization hosts Irvington Farms Market and Irvington Garden Tour. Members maintain the grounds of the Benton House and Kile Oak. Volunteer opportunities include beautification and garden cleanup, and helping with the farmers market and garden tour.
- Irvington Historical Society: Irvington is one of the few Indianapolis neighborhoods with its own history museum, to the credit of Irvington Historical Society. This organization promotes and furthers the artistic traditions, heritage, legacy, and artists — past and present — of the greater Irvington and Central Indiana community. Volunteer opportunities include helping with events and more.
On Facebook at https://goo.gl/1eSbV4.