Crews will work together on the same block following a set route that helps ensures volunteers are fully utilized and the area is clean when done...goal accomplished. Volunteers are requested to bring brooms, rakes and shovels; Blight Buster Coordinators will provide safety materials, bags and gloves. Safety tips will be provided at registration. Blight Clean Up Individuals, Businesses, & Groups Supplies Needed: Please bring brooms, rakes, shovels, and trimmers. City Provides: Bags, gloves and safety materials, project location. This activity is great for youth and adults to get involved in. It is easily scalable and tools and supplies are available through the Blight Buster Team. Clean up can be combined with other alleys, streets, and vacant lot activities such as positioning of garbage cans/bags, raking of garbage, picking up of paper, bottles and cans, and piling of tires. Register Here
Fall has been an amazingly packed season so far. Our seven action groups and our steering committee approved our Community Vision in September. This vision was drafted in a workshop this summer. Please click here for more details on that event. The vision below has gone through several rounds of notes and we will continue to strive for it and tweak it accordingly as the community sees fit. This is an ideal we are hoping to attain by 2025. Our Community Vision for the ideal Miller in 2025: Miller is a beautiful, high density, universally designed neighborhood in Gary, Indiana, known as an active arts community and a destination for beach and waterfront recreation. Miller provides quality education and programs for its youth and a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Inviting gateways and transit options make Miller accessible to visitors from throughout the region, and Miller’s inclusive community design make it easy for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the area’s activities and natural environment. A vibrant downtown supports a strong business community and provides quality employment opportunities. Resident leadership and initiative create a thriving, safe, and inclusive neighborhood with government, philanthropic, and business support enriching those initiatives. The Miller neighborhood is a vibrant and functional community to live, work, and play in. From our one-on-one community conversations where our volunteers gathered 4,013 comments, seven themes emerged. We then created seven action groups to address the needs of these themes. Each action group met 3-6+ times between the third week of August and first week of October. Our 76 volunteers meet for a total 56 times!!! They constructed attainable SMART goals to address their group’s theme and wrote early action grants to bring attention to their theme as well. For the past two months, Miller Spotlight’s 76 volunteers have been constructing attainable goals for these seven themes. These goals will be crafted into their community plan. The plan will be presented in early November 2015 and implemented in 2016. If you would like to help decide and act upon projects that can profoundly change your community’s future, please attend the Miller Spotlight Jamboree. The community will have the opportunity to meet the action group volunteers and give notes on their drafted goals. This feedback will be reviewed before the community plan is finalized. So, come join in the fun, tell Miller Spotlight what your thoughts are, and mingle with your neighbors at the jamboree! They will present these goals at the Miller Spotlight Jamboree on Friday, October 23, 2015. You don’t have to be from Miller, or live there to join in the Neighborhood Spotlight process. You just need to care about the revitalization efforts occurring in this community to attend this fun, free family-friendly event on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 4-7:30PM in Marquette Park. Located at 1 North Grand Boulevard Gary, IN 46403, they will be at the picnic area next to the lagoon. Look for a bounce house, basketball hoops and a ton of festive folks.
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Property & Blight
- Area Context (Engagement and Communication)
- Environment and Ecotourism
- Education/ Youth and Child Programming
- Safety and Code Enforcement
- Education and Youth Programming
- Economy and Jobs
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman
Property & Blight Co-Chair
Property & Blight Co-Chair
Area Context (Engagement and Communication) Chairman
Environment and Ecotourism Chairwoman
Education/ Youth and Child Programming Chairwoman
Safety and Code Enforcement Chairwoman
Economy and Jobs Chairwoman
Come to the Miller Spotlight Harvest Festival and enjoy a ton of free, family friendly activities and meet your local educators/ youth and child programming organizations. See what our community has to offer your family! (Friday, 10/30/15 from 4-7PM on Lake St. from Miller Ave to 4th St.)
Thanks to the 17 volunteers and 108 community members who came out to the Miller Spotlight Jamboree on October 23, 2015.
Thanks for supporting Gary's Miller Spotlight Project! We will present our community plan at Wirt-Emerson on Saturday 11/14@2PM. We will showcase our local talent, talk about the project's next phase and yes have some of Tia's fab cupcakes. The event is FREE. Please come and show your support. You don't have to live in Miller you just have to care about our revitalization efforts to participate. All are welcome to join!!!
Help us bring in summer at Lake Street Beach in style ( located in Gary's beautiful Miller Community )! Bring the kids, pups and bikes. We will start at the Lake Street Supermarket (434 N. Lake St. Gary, IN 46403) at 10AM and end up at the Lake Street Beach Summer Kickoff. Where We will have local food venders, musicians, and a beach ball/football giveaway. The boat/ jet ski launch will be ready. Help us show critical mass and bring Lake Street Beach back to it's former glory. :) We will have a vehicle decorating contest for the kickoff with 3 categories stroller, bicycle and golf cart. There will be prizes! :)
Thanks for the support Miller Business Association! If you know of any institution or business willing to advertise the Miller Spotlight Action Group Workshops please have them email Jessie Renslow at email@example.com
Our Miller Spotlight Education/Child and Youth Programming Action Group met for the the 5th time tonight to discuss how to better promote the different options available to parents/ guardians in our area. Thanks Marq Park UMC for hosting! Stay tuned for upcoming info on their fab, fun Early Action Grant. They will be looking for volunteers for on Friday 10/30/15 from 3-8pm. If you want to participate contact firstname.lastname@example.org