Whitely Community Council Introduces Improvement Initiatives

Volunteers are pictured giving away cleaning supplies for families in need. Photo by: Rebekah GaillardVolunteers are pictured giving away cleaning supplies for families in need. Photo by: Rebekah Gaillard

By: Isaac Reynoso—

MUNCIE, Ind. – At the Whitely Community Council monthly meeting on Monday, goal committees introduced several exciting new initiatives for the Whitely neighborhood.

Perhaps the most ambitious initiative is the “Year of Color” campaign introduced by Richard Ivy, co-chair of the Beautification committee. This project aims to extend the pastel color palette of the Centennial Place apartments throughout the Whitely community, creating a “language of color” for the neighborhood through a series of painting, planting, and beautification projects. With the cooperation of the residents, local government, and business owners, this initiative hopes to extend the pastel colors in residential areas, businesses and public properties. The Year of Color campaign will be headed by the Beautification committee, with assistance from the Fundraising, Event Planning, and Public Relations committees.

There will be a planning session for The Year of Color on Monday, Feb. 22 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Minnetrista Cultural Center. Anyone interested in supporting this project is invited to attend.

Mary Dollison and Pat Clark, co-chairs of the Education goal committee, announced plans to ignite reading beyond the classroom by hosting a local read-a-thon for children in the community this spring. The read-a-thon will host students from Muncie Central High School and Longfellow Elementary.

“Whitely is an education-first community,” said Mary Dollison, co-chair of their education and health committee.

The council also introduced initiatives to help further professional development for its community members. Whitley Community Council hopes to integrate educational programs that will help community members obtain skills to make them marketable in the workforce.

Another topic discussed was the ongoing issue of food insecurity in the Whitely area, which Whitely Community Council is committed to solving, along with other partner organizations in the area.

For information on events and ways to get involved go to http://whitelycc.org/ or follow Whitely Community Council on Facebook.


The Whitely Community Council is a neighborhood association representing the Whitely Community, located in Muncie, Indiana. It focuses on community development through their seven goals: beautification, community safety, education and health, employment and entrepreneurship, event planning, resource development, and marketing.


Isaac Reynoso is Account Director with Cardinal Communications