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.
May Meeting – Monday, May 14 @ MACC
Our May Monthly Meeting will take place from 6pm-7pm on Monday, May 14th 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 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.