Serving Our Communities Together. Let’s Do This!

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Serving Our Communities Together. Let’s Do This!

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Be the change you want to see in your community: #Volunteer. This week: challenging Indy to commit to @IndyDODay:

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 1:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Lilly Strengthening Communities


Today's guest blog comes from Beth Hunter, associate communications consultant for Lilly Health, Safety, and Environment and communications lead for Lilly's 2013 Global Day of Service.

Lilly is currently planning its sixth Global Day of Service. This year will be one of the largest volunteer days in our company’s history as 20,000 employees in nearly 60 countries will fan out in communities where they live and work on and around October 10. Not only that, Lilly’s Global Day of Service has inspired a community-wide movement known as Indy DO Day in Indianapolis where Lilly’s corporate headquarters is based.

Indy DO Day is a people-powered initiative seeking to mobilize the entire community to come together in service over the course of three days – October 10-12– to make a difference and create a thirst for service that lasts all year long. The goal of Indy DO Day is for residents of Indianapolis to get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods, and take care of one another.

Indy DO Day was also inspired by a Rwandan custom called Umuganda, a national day of community service during which most public services are closed. Indy DO Day coalition members also visited Louisville, Ky. to learn more about the city’s “Give a Day” week of service.

Read more about the importance of volunteering, including a challenge from our Chairman, President and CEO John Lechleiter