We hope to reschedule the Annual Downtown White River Cleanup for this fall.This is the 30th anniversary of a downtown event that has removed nearly two million pounds of litter, trash and illegally dumped debris all along the river’s bank.
Our plan still will be that volunteers work between Washington and Raymond streets from 8 a.m. to noon. All who join in that day will be rewarded with a pizza lunch.
The meeting location will remain 1052 Oliver Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221 — enter the parking lot from Oliver Street.
It’s a way you can make a difference at a family friendly event. Can’t join in the work that day? How about making a “birthday gift” on behalf of the river cleanup that has led to multiple ongoing efforts on behalf of White River?
We are especially pleased this year to have been selected as a 2017 Cleanup Champion by American Rivers. Woo-hoo! Let’s keep up the good work!
This past autumn, Friends of the White River accepted the generous gift of a sturdy custom trailer and four Wenonah Adirondack canoes, along with a dozen paddles. Our donor, Neil Laymon of Warren, Indiana, saw the potential for us to put these to good use during cleanups or to introduce people to the river. The deep trailer well has a metal mesh bottom to allow wet things to drain and dry while in transit and all of the gear — trailer, boats and paddles — is in great shape.
We’re asking you to help Friends maximize contributions made during the holiday season in conjunction with a new challenge campaign.
The Louis S. Hensley, Jr. Family Foundation has asked us to work towards matching a $6,000 grant they have provided for organizational operating expenses. Louie Hensley, a former board member of FOWR who passed away in 2012, was a long-time devotee of White River and its protection and enhancement.
His involvement with the group over the years led to establishment of our first public access project on the waterway, built in cooperation with the City of Indianapolis at Holliday Park. An advocate of partnering with both the public and private sector, Mr. Hensley was one of the organizers of our original fundraising efforts for a capital improvement that served as the basis for establishment of our River School as well as other on-water engagement activities.
Please use this grant as an opportunity to maximize a gift to and for the White River! As a not-for-profit organization, your tax-deductible contribution to Friends is a vital element of our annual fundraising efforts.