NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 21, 2015)-- Four years ago, Terry Triplett and Ivory Duerson started a labor of love for the community where they grew up. It’s called the Brightwood Community Collaboration.
The group's young professionals are committed to giving back to their neighborhood and breaking the stereotypes perpetuated by so much negative news.
“The 46218 area code is not what everyone thinks it is,” said Duerson.
Mark Booth, founder of the Booth Foundation also grew up in 46218. He's now director of student services for Noblesville schools. Every year, his foundation gives out over 200 bookbags stuffed with school supplies at this event.
“It shows everybody that if we can do this right here in Brightwood then every other neighborhood can do this,” said Duerson.
And it doesn't stop there. Triplett, Duerson and their board of volunteers bring families together year round for events like toy drives, food pantries and community cleanups. They also have a mentoring program for the young men.
Watch the video above as we showed up at their back to school community kick off event to surprise them with the FOX59 and Community Health Network Community Hero of the Month award! Congratulations Terry and Ivory! Thank you for making a difference and setting a great example for all of central Indiana.