Garfield Park Neighbors Association has many ways for neighbors, businesses, and community partners to get involved. If you’d like receive general email updates, please sign up here:
Our committees are led by neighbors and cover a wide variety of interests. These committees were formed when GPNA created a five-year strategic plan and each committee works on strategies to improve our neighborhood.
Community Engagement Committee
We strive to develop unity and a sense of community between neighbors. We do this through outreach to new and existing neighbors and by working with community stakeholders. We also create, organize, and promote annual, ongoing and seasonal events in our neighborhood.
Encourage neighbor participation
Identify new neighbors and communicate to Welcome Committee
Nearly 100% Urban Times distribution
Welcome Committee actively delivering
Other ways to get involved:
Help with neighborhood outreach through the welcoming team
Work with local schools on behalf of the neighborhood
Join Book Club, the neighborhood book club
Help plan neighborhood annual events like the Block Party and National Night Out
Participate in and help coordinate the annual yard sale
Become a member of the Shelby Street Social Club
Chair: Keelee Slack
Block Captain Program(part of Community Engagement Committee)
Ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all residents through an organized system of communication, neighborhood observation, and block-by-block engagement with neighbors.
Establish a block captain for each block in the Garfield Park neighborhood
Equip block captains with tools, purpose, and methods for engaging neighbors
Promote a “see something, say something” neighborhood-watch methodology
Increase block captain and neighbor participation in KIB’s Adopt-a-Block program and Urban Times distribution
Create a method for block captains to communicate regularly with each other and with their neighbors.
What neighbors can do:
Become a GPNA block captain for an area of the neighborhood.
Attend monthly neighborhood meetings, 3rd Tuesdays at 6:15pm in the Burrello Center, to hear an IMPD update on the area.
Share crime and property concerns with your block captain and the GPNA President.
Practice the “see something, say something” method by reporting emergencies immediately as they occur to 911
Report unusual activity to the IMPD non-emergency number 317-327-3811.
Attend the neighborhood’s Annual National Night Out Celebration, where you can get to know your local first responders and community police officers.
Block Captain Responsibilities:
Know your neighbors on the block.
Walk/drive your area of responsibility once a week and know what normal looks like.
“See something, say something”
Connect new residents on the block with GPNA and other neighbors.
GPNA block captains and neighbors have adopted over 35 blocks in the neighborhood through KIB’s Adopt-a-Block program, in partnership with the Walkability and Beautification Committee.
Annual National Night Out Celebration, in partnership with the Community Engagement committee.
Chairs: Scott Faletic, Christina Fitch, and Mark Nagle
Economic Development Committee
Support the revitalization of the Shelby Street Corridor through engagement with current property and business owners and the creation of tracking, marketing, and other tools designed to attract new, particularly local, businesses. Promote the Shelby Street Corridor as a commercial, cultural, recreational, and residential destination.
Create a conduit for business owners and neighbors to communicate about the neighborhood’s needs
Support potential business owners looking to locate or relocate businesses within neighborhood boundaries and along the Shelby Street Corridor
Create a walkable, aesthetically-pleasing commercial corridor
Support development of a Shelby Street Merchants Association to build a strong, supportive business community
Develop a Garfield Park Business Directory to promote businesses within the neighborhood boundaries and connect neighbors to these amenities
What neighbors can do:
Help identify commercial and business amenities that would be beneficial to the neighborhood and neighbors, and establish priorities for amenity development
Develop a plan that includes the vision of the finished product and the execution steps necessary to arrive there
Identify and engage all third-party organizations that can assist, financially and otherwise, in the redevelopment effort
Establish regular communication and connection with each existing business and property owner in the corridor in order to stay aware of needs, wants, and critiques
Participate in business and commercial property clean-up events on Shelby Street within neighborhood boundaries
Supported establishment and promotion of Garfield Park Farmers Market
Hosted monthly First Friday open houses to showcase and introduce neighbors to neighborhood businesses and community organizations
Served as lead partner in SoIndy Southside Quality of Life initiative to rebuild and revitalize the Shelby Street Corridor
Successfully advocated for neighborhoods’ best interests before local zoning board
Chairs: Rose Shingledecker and Grant Sherfick
Marketing and Social Media Committee
Promote and market the activities and Our goals of GPNA to inform neighbors, community partners, and the general public about the work of the organization and our members.
What you can do:
- Contribute original content through social media channels
- Write blog posts for the neighborhood website and newsletter
- Participate in planning and writing articles for the Urban Times
- Assist with updating GPNA’s website
Get involved by emailing the Committee Chair: Aryn Schounce
Walkability and Beautification Committee
Beautify the area with nature and art, help make walking and biking safer and a bigger part of the community’s culture.
What neighbors can do:
Help with median maintenance
Help with maintaining neighborhood trees and flowers
Participate in adopt-a-block
Help with cleanups
Join the Garden Club
Participate in walkability or bike events and projects
Help with walkability advocacy
Join the safe routes to school team
Join a public art team
Bike ride to Cannon Ball Brewery 4/22
Chairs: Vickie Goens and Abby Dennis
SoIndy Quality of Life Plan
Garfield Park is an invested and committed neighborhood In the So Indy Quality of Life Plan. Through the Quality of Life Plan, there are many ways to be a part of improving the quality of life for your neighbors.
- Community Building
- Education and workforce development
- Health and wellness
- Madison Avenue
- Shelby Street
If you are interested in getting involved in any SoIndy Action Team, please visit the So Indy website and check out the Get Involved page.