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Volunteers make a difference with community service projects for ‘Indy Do Day’

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By: Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2014)--Indy Do Day kicked off Thursday with thousands of volunteers participating in numerous community service projects around Indianapolis.

Indy Do Day started at 4 a.m. and ends Saturday. Members of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis spent most of the day at the Craine House off Michigan Road. Their day began around 7:30 a.m. and they rotated shifts.

“We’ve been following all the progress on social media and it’s great to see all the work that’s been done in Indianapolis,” Nick Reich with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis said.

The community service projects vary per location from painting to landscaping.

This is program's second year. Lilly employees started doing this type of community service work 7 years ago as part of their day of service.

“We have 8,000 people at Eli Lilly and Company that want to give back to their community today to make a positive difference,” Rob Smith, president of the Lilly Foundation, said.

Smith said a number of businesses and non-profit organizations are working together to make a difference in the community.

“It’s great. It’s really terrific that people (came) together to try to make the city a little bit better and not wait for somebody else to do the work,” Smith said.

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