Events and News

Not all events on this page are Whitely Community Council events, but we hope they are relevant and useful for all our residents. To add an event to this page, please send event details to rparker@munpl.org.

July Meeting – Monday July 10 at MACC

July Meeting

Our July Monthly Meeting will take place from 6pm-7pm on Monday, July 10th at the Muncie Area Career Center.

Come early (5:15pm) to enjoy a light meal and fellowship with your neighbors.

Summer/Fall Food Pantry Schedule

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The Whitely Community Food Pantry is open every 3rd Thursday of each month from 4-6pm. It is open to residents of Whitely.

Here are the dates for the next 4 months:

July 20

August 17

September 21

October 19

Place:

Harvest Christian Fellowship, 1010 East Centennial

Volunteers: We need your help to serve our community. Please come from 9-10am to help with food delivery and set up and at 2:30pm to finalize the set up. We also need help for distributing food during the pantry hours (4-6pm) and help taking things down. Your help and involvement is deeply appreciated.

Muncie Time Banking: you can bank your volunteer hours with Muncie Time Bank!

Donations: We need your support to make the pantry an ongoing service to the Whitely Community. Your tax deductible contribution can be made on line through our GoFundMe site.

Whitely Takes Home Three Awards From Neighborhoods USA!

WCC wins “Neighborhood of the Year,” “Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods,” and “Best Newsletter”

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Neighborhood of the Year – Beautification

Whitely Community Council wins Neighborhood of the Year in the Beautification category for its 2016 “Year of Color.” This award is shared with every community resident and volunteer who came to a meeting, helped prime or paint at McCulloch Park, or beautified / painted outside their home in keeping with the Year of Color. Our beautification work has just begun, and will continue this summer with more projects in McCulloch Park. We also still have paint available to residents who want to #paintitwithpride to help us celebrate this win! Let’s keep this going and continue to make Whitely a beautiful, vibrant, exciting place to live.

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Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods

Muncie Community heroine Mary Dollison won a “Who’s Who Among American Neighbors” award at NUSA 2017. Mary has been an advocate and community leader for most of her life. Her motto is, “Working together, involving all,” and she shares the win with everyone who has pledged their support and helped her along the way, from supporters of MOMs to the Buley Center to Whitely Community Council and beyond. 

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Best Newsletter – Print – 6 or more issues per year

Whitely took first place in this category because of our great newsletter, edited by Rebecca Parker, printed by IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and contributed to by dozens of Whitely residents and volunteers. To submit your article to the Whitely newsletter, email Rebecca Parker at rparker@munpl.org for more info!

Computer Classes at Connection Corner

Free and open to the public. Call 747-8216 to register or ask questions.

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Whitely Welcomes New Executive Director!

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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!