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Muncie Theater Costumers Sew For Life-And-Death Drama Now

By: John Carlson— Muncie, IN—Masks such as the classic Muse of Tragedy and Muse of Comedy have had an integral association with theater for centuries. These days, however, theater costumers nationwide – including groups of dedicated ones here in Muncie – are at their sewing machines, busily making masks that have nothing to do with things happening on stage. Instead, they have everything to do with helping rein in the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19. When Laura Williamson, executive artistic director of…

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Shafer Leadership Academy Offers FREE Virtual Programs During COVID-19

By: Shafer Leadership Academy— Virtual Programming begins on Thursday, March 26th. Muncie, IN—Muncie non-profit Shafer Leadership Academy is offering free virtual leadership development programs to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We need leadership now, more than ever” said SLA Executive Director Mitch Isaacs. “In uncertain times people look to their leaders to provide calm, clear, and competent guidance.” Isaacs explained that many leaders have found themselves operating without a road map. It is his hope to provide local leaders an…


Community Foundation Grants $20k in Early COVID-19 Response Funding to Community Organizations

By: Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $20,000 to 12 non-profit organizations to support response efforts to the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, Community Foundation staff had the opportunity to connect with and listen to the plans, challenges, and needs of a variety of vital community organizations across Delaware County. Decisions for this initial round of response funding were made in an effort to come along side these vital community organizations with identified immediate…


‘State of the Child’ Conference Overview

By: Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—There is progress to report in the latest available statistics that measure trends among Indiana’s youth, experts said at the recent Indiana Youth Institute State of the Child in Muncie. Cigarette use among Indiana’s youngest is on the decline, and the number of children in working-poor households is going down, for example. The number of high-quality early childhood programs is on the rise, statewide. But statistics also show that vaping is on the rise among young people…


‘Laundry Love’ Event To Bring Neighbors Together On Saturday

By: Nancy Carlson— Muncie, IN—Riverside/Normal City Neighborhood Association (RNC), in partnership with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, will hold its 2nd annual LAUNDRY LOVE event this Saturday, March 14th  from 8 am to Noon. With a grant from Thrivent, the Healthy Community Alliance partners will provide a $10 roll of quarters to the first 25 families who come into the White Spot Coin Laundromat, the only one in the RNC neighborhood. Brian Schrieve, the White Spot’s owner, said “Clean clothes are like…


Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity Receives $100,000 Contribution

By: Jaime Faulkner— Muncie, IN—Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity humbly celebrates receiving $100,000 from the MutualBank Charitable Foundation in 2020. The donation comes on the heels of the unexpected passing of the MutualBank Charitable Foundation President and MutualBank President and COO, Pat Botts, in October 2019. Dave Heeter, the newly named President of the MutualBank Charitable Foundation, says, “The Foundation board unanimously voted in favor of this contribution as a tangible means of honoring Pat. Pat was an integral part…


United Way of Delaware, Henry & Randolph Counties Helps Struggling Working Families File Taxes For FREE

By: Holly Juip— Muncie, IN—United Way fights for the financial stability of every person in every community and is committed to supporting programs that allow people to thrive. United Way of Delaware, Henry & Randolph Counties is partnering with AARP Tax Aides and Yorktown Kiwanis to provide in-person tax assistance so people can easily and accurately file their taxes to get the refunds they deserve. People can also file their own taxes for free anytime at: MyFreeTaxes.com.  MyFreeTaxes is the…


Local Marketing Professionals Have ‘Roaring Good Time’ at 2020 American Advertising Awards

By: Melissa Jones— Muncie, IN — The American Advertising Federation of East Central Indiana (AAF ECI) had a “roaring good time” at the 20s-themed American Advertising Awards on Feb. 29. Also known as the ADDYs, the awards show recognizes the best advertising and creative works from the past year, including that of professionals and of students. As always, submissions were judged by out-of-market advertising professionals in a blind judging process. Silver and Gold awards were presented to the top-scoring pieces…


Mayor Ridenour’s State of the City Address To Be Held at End of IDEA 2020 Conference

By: Aimee West, Cornerstone Center for the Arts & Muncie Action Plan— Muncie, IN—The City of Muncie finds itself in a state of transition, as Muncie Neighborhoods’ IDEA Conference enters year 5 in 2020, with Mayor Ridenour’s new administration now at the helm. On March 7th,  at the Ivy Tech Fisher Building, Mayor Ridenour will issue his first State of the City address and his department heads will take the keynote stage at the 5th annual Muncie Neighborhoods IDEA Conference. The conference…


AEP Foundation Grant Enables Muncie Mission to Better Serve Community

By: Bob Scott— Muncie, IN – A grant from the AEP Foundation has enabled the Muncie Mission to buy a new delivery truck that will enhance the agency’s ability to pick up donated food, furniture, appliances, recyclables and more. Toby Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), presented the grant Friday to Frank Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Muncie Mission. Thomas and Baldwin helped load the new truck with items to be delivered…