Whitely Community Council purchases property at Centennial and MLK
After several quiet months during which the Whitely Board and Executive Director worked to survey the property and ensure that it is a sound community investment, we finally have news to share! The purchase of the Centennial building took place on Friday, 1/5/18. The original purchase price was $100,000 but due to the generosity of Mr. Crookston it was reduced to $90,000. After the closing the next steps will be to start raising funds for renovation and identifying community partners.
We have been listening closely to our residents, and they want quite a lot out of this building. It is our job to respond to the needs and desires of the community and make those dreams come true! The space will permanently house our food pantry and monthly meetings, plus pantry storage, the tool shed, and office space for Whitely staff. Beyond that, many great ideas have been suggested by residents, including classroom space, a community kitchen, a medical clinic, an orchard, a business incubator, a café, and much more! We are actively looking for partner organizations to share in this space with us and bring needed resources and services to Whitely and the greater east-side community.
We have listened to your voices and will continue to do so. Please join us in making this dream a reality for our community. Donate today and pledge your support. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 665, Muncie, IN 47308.
February Meeting – Monday, Feb. 12 @ MACC
Our February Monthly Meeting will take place from 6pm-7pm on Monday, Feb. 12th at the Muncie Area Career Center.
Come early (5:15pm) to enjoy a light meal and fellowship with your neighbors.
The Whitely Community Council is a neighborhood association representing the Whitely Community, located in Muncie, Indiana. We value shared information and opportunities that improve lives. Our goal is to build an integrated education cycle for all ages that aligns schools, home, and the community. Donations to Whitely Community Council can be made via the website, by clicking “Donate” under the “Get Involved” tab, or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 665, Muncie, IN 47308, made out to Whitely Community Council.
Whitely Welcomes New Executive Director
Whitely Community Council is excited to announce that it will welcome its first Executive Director, Ken Hudson, in mid-April. After a long and successful managerial career in the for-profit world, Hudson is looking forward to a new challenge and is ready to learn more about the nonprofit world and the Whitely Community. “I have worked in management or some form of leadership in all the jobs I have held in my past. They all have contributed to building the person that I am now and slowly growing to be.” Previously Hudson has held managerial positions in the restaurant industry and in retail. He holds degrees in accounting and business management. Whitely’s Board President, Frank Scott, is ready for him to join the team, “We’re so excited to have Ken in this position because he has a passion and enthusiasm that is contagious. He also sees the value and power of teamwork and has a desire to bring people and groups together to accomplish goals and projects.”
Accustomed to working 60 hours per week, Hudson isn’t afraid of hard work. He has been reading up on non-profit fundraising and grant-writing in preparation for the new position, and is familiarizing himself with Whitely’s current projects. “Ken has expressed his desire to hit the ground running.” said Scott, “Both Ken and I have expectations of not only increasing memberships but also small businesses and residential involvement. Whitely is moving in the direction of becoming self-sustaining without being self-contained and someone like Ken can help bring a better quality of life and quality of place not only to Whitely residents but our entire community.”
Hudson’s hiring is thanks to a generous grant from the George and Frances Ball Foundation. He is eager to start and believes that developing strong community relationships and creating a sustainable fundraising plan for Whitely’s future are the keys to his success. “My first month as Executive Director would involve a lot of relationship building and carving out a robust plan for growth and fundraising.” A long-term dream of his is to help attract a strong business presence in Whitely, and to see new businesses “fill Martin Luther King Blvd.”
Please join us in welcoming Ken to the Whitely team!
Year of Growth – 2017
The Centennial Project
In 2017, Whitely Community Council will welcome its first Executive Director and will raise funds to acquire a permanent office, meeting space, and food pantry location on Centennial Ave. Whitely is accomplishing great things and can continue to do so with your support. Donations for this project can be made to Whitely Community Council at P.O. Box 665, Muncie, IN 47308 or made in person at any Old National Bank location. Online donations can be made here. For more information about the Centennial Campaign, click here or visit the “Community Goals” tab at the top of the page.
Major Projects – 2016
The Year of Color was an ambitious series of public and private beautification projects consisting of painting, planting, repair, and public art installation.
To find out about Paint the Park Day which occurred on June 25, 2016. Click here.
The Year of Color may be over, but our efforts to beautify Whitely are not. To see the list of paint colors and learn how you can sign up to be part of our residential beautification, click here. We still have high-quality exterior paint available to residents upon request who are willing to use it to paint home exteriors or exterior features in their area.
Whitely has started the journey to make the food desert in the community bloom and to resolve the serious problem of food insecurity in our area.
We have created the Whitely Community Food Pantry. It is open the third Thursday of each month from 4pm-6pm. The pantry will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship, 1010 East Centennial, Muncie. It is open only to those people who live in the Whitely area or are members of the Whitely Community Council. To use the pantry you must have an ID or a bill with your name and address showing you are a Whitely resident. Whitely Community Council membership cards are also accepted as ID.
We need your help as volunteers. If you can volunteer some hours please contact Jay Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Dollison at 288-1892.
Also we are raising needed funds to support the pantry and to begin to achieve our longterm goals. Our long term objective is to acquire property to house the pantry, and possibly a grocery store. Donations to help with funding for this project can be sent to Whitely Community Council at P.O. Box 665, Muncie, IN 47308. Checks should be made out to Whitely Community Council with the phrase “food insecurity” written in the memo line, to ensure the funds go to the appropriate project. You can also support the pantry through our GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the Whitely Community Food Pantry project, please click here.
Read the letter to the editor from Dr. Maude Jennings about our role in combating food insecurity here.