The Centennial Campaign

SOLD!

Copy of A Place

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.

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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.

Donations can be made online here, or mailed to Whitely Community Council at P.O. Box 665, Muncie, IN 47307. Donations can also be made in person at any Old National Bank – just ask at the desk to make a donation to Whitely. With your help, we can do so much!

For Us ALL

Over $48,000 Raised Already!

Help us grow!

As part of our Year of Growth in 2017, Whitely CC is working to raise funds for a permanent location, offices, and staff right here in our neighborhood. We hope to purchase a property that will become a permanent office space, food pantry, public meeting space, and classroom to be used and enjoyed by the Whitely community.

Our fundraising goal is $250,000, which will allow for the purchase and renovation of a space as well as support our incoming executive director. Help us move from working out of the “Dollison home office” and into an official Whitely business office.

Donations can be made online here, or mailed to Whitely Community Council at P.O. Box 665, Muncie, IN 47307. Donations can also be made in person at any Old National Bank – just ask at the desk to make a donation to Whitely. With your help, we can do so much!

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The property being pursued is at 1208 E Centennial Ave. It is 22,000 sq. ft., contains 3 buildings, and is spread out over 3 acres with lots of paved parking. The grounds would allow for the pantry, food storage, public meeting space, offices, classrooms, public garden space, and a garage for the MLK Freedom Bus.

Why does Whitely need a building?

  • We need a permanent meeting space and community event space in which to hold Whitely meetings, community events, celebrations, and more.
  • We need a permanent office space, meeting room, and ongoing support for our Executive Director.
  • We need a permanent food pantry space where we can receive, store, and disperse food to those in need.
  • We need space for tools and equipment that can be accessible early mornings, evenings, and weekends to help Whitely residents.
  • Because Whitely is an education first community, we need space for meetings, trainings and space for learning. We need a space for potential immersive learning partnerships with Ball State, Ivy Tech, and other educational entities.

 

 

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