SaturDAY of Service, Saturday, December 6
The SaturDAY of Service is designed as a way for fans, alumni, visitors and residents of the Indianapolis area to get involved in the Big Ten Football Championship Game weekend. By volunteering their time on Saturday, December 6, members of the community will be part of service projects that aim to make a difference in the Indianapolis community while the Big Ten Conference is in town.
If interested in participating, you can contact Sheila Bradley at sbradley@IndianaSportsCorp.org or (317)237-5023.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has partnered with the following local organizations for the 2014 Championship Weekend. These are locally based organizations whose mission is to benefit those in the Greater Indianapolis Community.
Gleaners Food Bank -- Gleaners'; mission is to lead the fight against hunger. They secure and store food and grocery items, which is redistributed to more than 350 Hunger Relief Agencies who serve Indiana’s hungry. They can take up to 100 people to sort food and to assemble packages for children and seniors. Youth ages 10 and up can volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Volunteer shift time is 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Second Helpings -- Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry. They will take 10 volunteers who will chop and prepare various rescued food ingredients in the Hunger Relief Kitchen. Volunteer shift time is 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Indy Reads Books -- Indy Reads Books is an independent bookstore in downtown Indianapolis that donates all of its revenue to Indy Reads. Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. The mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. They will take 10 volunteers who will assist with sorting and organizing books as well as aiding store customers. Volunteer shift time is 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dayspring Center -- Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing and three nourishing meals per day for homeless families with children in central Indiana. Families turn to them as a last resort -- some to escape domestic abuse and others who have experienced financial collapse, medical problems or other crisis that caused them to lose their home. They will take 10 volunteers who will assist with facility maintenance and upkeep. Volunteer shift time is 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Westminster Neighborhood Ministries -- Westminster Neighborhood Ministries reaches out to serve the families and children in the growing inner-city area of Indianapolis’s Near Eastside. Thirty percent of the families in WNM's neighborhood live at or below the poverty line. For these families, poverty, stress, illiteracy, joblessness, and hunger are often daily struggles. They will take 10 volunteers who will help with reorganizing and preparation for their Christmas Basket Distribution scheduled for the weekend following the Big Ten Championship Game. Volunteer shift time is 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.