Social Change Organizations & Grassroots Resources

A directory of groups that empower the community and service providers who offer solidarity.

Collaborators

Those with whom we actively share values and work, and those who have iTooLL memberships.

  • Kheprw Institute – Community empowerment center developing youth through self-mastery in environmental, educational, and entrepreneurship. Contains several connected ventures:
    • KiNuMedia – LLC run by the youth of Kheprw that offers web design, graphic design, social media management, and video production
    • Community Controlled Food Initiative – Multi-producer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that enables members to get fresh produce from local producers once per month
  • Earth Charter Indiana – Organizational hub for many innovative ecological groups,
  • NOPAL Cultural Center – Building bridges that unite Latinos and non-Latinos in visual art, music and literacy
  • Indy Worker Justice Center – Supports low-wage workers in their pursuit for better wages, benefits & workplace dignity.
  • Know No Stranger – Collective of artists who do pop-up shows, performances at charitable events, distributable video commercials, crowd interaction, and online short films

Asset Sharing

  • Trade School Indy – Classes available for barter, great resource for teaching and learning
  • Time Bank Indy – Facilitating the sharing of skills through an alternative economy & platform to build community and share assets.

Civic

Co-operative

Culture/Arts

  • Central Indiana Filmmakers Meetup – A forum to actively engage, support, produce videos, films and other multi media for emerging, amateur and professional filmmakers, videographers, photographers, musicians and others who want to become filmmakers or just interested in the film industry
  • Deck’d Out – Indy’s Event DJs for social good
  • Evoke Arts & Media – Arts & media focused group in Broad Ripple

Education

  • Indianapolis Marion County Public Library – We love our Public Library system
  • SE Congress Education Task Force – is a great place to start, John Harris Loflin & Angie Calvert are two of the primary organizers
  • School for Community Learning– Independent school that puts family input first and focuses on project-based learning, formerly called Project Libertas
  • SENSE – SE grassroots charter school was started and is run by neighbors in the area.
  • Students for Fair Wages – Student activism hub

Veterans

  • Guide to Veteran Education Benefits (2016) – Comprehensive, user-friendly guide that includes features like our GI Bill calculator, grants and scholarship directories, and interviews with the top universities that have programs designed specifically to support veteran higher education

Economic Sustainability

Housing, Home Repair

To find the applicable Community Development Corporation for your area, visit the member’s page for the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development

  • Catholic Worker Community – Indy – Intentional community that provides food, clothing, shelter and welcome from unpaid volunteers to those in need according to the ability of each household
  • Englewood CDC – Helpful, strong community on near Eastside; run housing for marginalized communities.
  • Hearts & Hands of Indianapolis – Will help you own a home on the near Westside, very helpful
  • Rebuilding Together Indianapolis – Helps with home repair and preservation
  • Riley Area Development Corporation – Omnipresent Community Development Corp., present in Mass Ave. & supporting Westside development efforts in partnership with Westside CDC
  • SEND CDC – South Eastside CDC with programs in addition to typical Community Development Corp. model
  • Westside CDC – Strong Near West advocate with goals of independent, local development for its neighborhood

Environment & Deep Ecology

Recycling

  • Asset Recycling – Recycling program on Near Westside
  • Recycle Force – Offers recycling programs and acts as a reentry program, employing the previously incarcerated

Food Justice | Urban Gardens

Food Services, Free or Reduced-price

  • Fresh Bucks Program – Doubles SNAP benefits for fresh produce
  • IN Public Library Seed Lending – Open and free to the public, the Glendale Public Library let’s you check out up to 5 bags of seeds at a time, many organic or heirloom, to plant in your home garden

Health Resources

Holistic or Alternative Health

  • Indy Holistic Hub – a network to connect, grow, and expand the local holistic community through our online directory of resources and greater community efforts.

Free / Reduced Price Clinics

LGBT*Q+

  • Indiana Youth Group – Incredibly fiscally responsible LGBT*Q+ support group for youth and teens

Legal Resources

Free Services

Recreation

  • Indy Parks – They list many free events that are held in the many beautiful parks of Indianapolis

Rehabilitation & Addiction

Womyn

Neighborhood Centers

  • Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center – INRC provides training, support and programming to help grassroots neighborhood organizations and neighbors address issues that affect the quality of life in their neighborhoods

South Eastside

Near Westside

  • Christamore House – GED programs, English as Second Language (ESL) programs, Women’s & Community Enrichment Series
  • Hawthorne Center – Hawthorne Neighborhood’s Community Hub with food pantry, classes, daycare and more

Mid-town / Near North

Newcomers

  • Exodus Refugee – Dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana

Other Directories & Local Guides

Near Westside

  • Near West Collaborative – Resource guide, calendar and more for Haughville, Stringtown, We Care and Hawthorne neighborhoods

This list is by no means comprehensive, but with your help we can focus more resources and access! Please comment/suggest any additions (or even removals). We would love to hear about and link to other resource lists or directories. Thanks!