2011 – Accomplishments

This is a collection of all of the activities that were accomplished in 2011 by the Whitely Community Council.  Activities are listed in the framework of the three goals.

Goal 1 – Improve the Physical Appearance and Infrastructure of the Neighborhood
Survey needs, prioritize, educate, identify leadership, delegate responsibilities to partnersPartnership with BSU Building Better Communities developed goal-oriented action plan
Goals assigned to board leadership for delegation
BSU Urban Planning Class and Fisher Institute have completed resident needs surveys addressing infrastructure and wellness, respectively
Focused neighborhood clean-up projects
Neighborhood clean-up in June was supported by many partners and compiled over 200 participants
Council partner organizations included: Muncie Sanitary District, Union Chapel, Union Missionary Baptist Church, Ball State Athletics
New paving projects were completed in Austin Heights area and along Macedonia, thanks to partnership with city department heads and mayor’s office
To gain a greater understanding of expectations concerning physical appearance of private property, city offices educated board leadership of pertinent ordinances and that information has been disseminated amongst residents
Partnerships for connections and volunteersNeighborhood divided into 7 areas, physical space mapped for more concrete understanding of our physical space by Delaware County GIS Department
Each of the 7 areas has grown a roster of volunteers for activity
Resident memberships are encouraged and the member base is growing
Committees are being developed to maximize efficiency and volunteers’ talents
Muncie Action Plan has shared resources and educational opportunities via Neighborhood Presidents Council
BSU Urban Planning class worked as dedicated partner of the WCC for a full semester and has created a workbook of initiatives and funding opportunities
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has provided advising, resources and opportunities for neighborhood activities and promotion
Fisher Institute developed action plan for health and wellness of neighborhood residents
Partnerships for mediaSocial media outlets created on facebook and twitter
Newsletters circulated monthly, printed and distributed with assistance from Union Chapel and United Way of Delaware County
Newspaper informed of and present at multiple meetings and neighborhood events
Newspaper has given great exposure to the efforts of the council with articles on September 23rdand September 30th
Partnerships for construction, education, infrastructureOpen communication with Fire Department has kept residents informed of construction progress on McCulloch Park fire station
Muncie Housing Authority and Muncie Public Library are engaged in planning for an e-library in the former Conley Library
City of Muncie has provided high efficiency energy solutions for Buley Center
PathStone is present at nearly every meeting to present opportunities for residents for home ownership and educational programming
Habitat for Humanity is present at nearly every meeting to present news of future opportunities and updates on recent construction projects, 4 of which were in the Whitely neighborhood this past year
Muncie Housing Authority developed and completed Phase I of construction on Centennial Place residential area

Goal 2 – Develop Whitely Community Programs and Business Activities that Support Job Creation
Fostering neighborhood entrepreneurial spiritN/A
Developing the local workforce and putting them in contact with employersInforming neighbors of new employment opportunities
Résumé preparation lessons provided to neighborhood residents
TEAMwork for Quality Living presentation recruited 6 residents for participation in Pathways Out of Poverty program
Educational programming for business planningBSU Business College and Building Better Communities facilitated multiple meetings neighborhood business strategy group
Database of existing businesses created by Muncie/Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, who then also advised the creation of a needs assessment for business interviews
Formal letters sent to all neighborhood businesses introducing council
Ten business interviews conducted with support of Academy for Community Leadership
Board members invited to be present at ribbon cutting for new neighborhood KIA dealership

Goal 3 – Continually Improve the Quality of Life and Unity of Whitely Neighborhood by Creating a Safe Environment, Establishing Youth and Adult Focused Learning Opportunities and Programs
Identify leaders, group facilitators, participantsUnion Chapel hosted a leadership training course, attended by ten neighborhood residents
Focused youth programmingNine neighborhood educational organizations are meeting quarterly to discuss collaboration and mutual support of the local schools
Taylor University psychology class has worked with Precious Hearts Development Center on career preparation instruction
Council meeting hosted Muncie Community Schools leadership, including 3 principals, 3 board members, the superintendent, and chief academic officer
Reality Store shared career planning vision at Buley Center program
Indiana Youth Institute developing connections for uniformity across program partners
Focused adult programmingNew Year, New Day program for parenting skills discussion, partners include IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Precious Hearts Development Center, and Motivate Our Minds
Financial literacy courses provided by United Way of Delaware County and PathStone
Creating a safe environmentRelationships fostered with Ball State Public Safety instructors
Bringing neighbors together November 19th appreciation luncheon brought together over sixty residents
Neighborhood meetings and events have been held at a variety of locations, including Antioch Baptist Church, Motivate Our Minds, Buley Center, Muncie Area Career Center, and Union Missionary Baptist Church
Local government leaders, including the mayor, state representative, state senator and a variety of city council representatives, have attended a number of monthly neighborhood meetings

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