A zip code should not determine a person’s destiny.

Improving the look of our community was identified as an area of need throughout our community conversations. Our neighbors feel a general sense of apathy, due in large part to the aesthetics of some of our neighborhoods, and this leads to worries about crime. We also heard that there was a lack of unity in our community and improving the overall morale was a concern.

What we do

Our Strong Neighborhoods Impact Council is working to partner with residents and organizations to build thriving neighborhoods where residents feel safe and connected to one another.

Check out our Strong Neighborhoods Council Strategy Guide for details on the council and their plans.

Impact Council

Our Strong Neighborhoods Impact Council, a multi-sector volunteer committee of nonprofit, government, education, and business leaders who are experts in and/or are passionate about supporting the strength of the neighborhoods in our community.  They believe that the Wabash Valley should be a community of safe, vibrant, and inclusive neighborhoods.

The impact council is creating initiatives and investing in our community to bring successful results to their agreed-upon specific outcome targets in support of the overall UWWV community goal.

Objective: Safe, vibrant, and inclusive neighborhoods.


Enhance “Look and Feel” by addressing Public Safety, Blight Elimination, and City-Service Improvements

Grow Communication in the Neighborhoods

Build Neighborhood Identity/Branding

Build or Engage Neighborhood Anchors


Our team and volunteers will assess neighborhoods through a resident survey and data collection methodology.  These two components will allow our Strong Neighborhoods Council to identify “starting condition” and score, then measure if initiatives and programs are creating positive change.

Strong Neighborhood Impact Council Solutions

Strong Neighborhood Improvement Projects Mini-Grants

The Neighborhood Improvement Project mini-grant program invested over $67,000 in 15 total projects that are intended to enhance the “look and feel” of a neighborhood by addressing public safety, beautification projects, blight elimination, and/or government-service improvements.  The projects address a variety of areas and needs including creating neighborhood gathering areas, addressing safety concerns, and creating neighborhood beautification.

Grants Awarded:

12 Points Patio – Creation of an outdoor gathering place for the neighborhood

12 Points Revitalization – Support of organizations IHCDA revitalization campaign and improvements

Catholic Charities of Terre Haute – New paint, artwork, landscaping, and seating at Ryves Youth Center/Etling Hall and leadership workshop series in the neighborhood

City of Sullivan – Ring Video Doorbell program for residents’ safety and security

Collet Park Neighborhood Association – Dog park development in Collet Park

Davis Park PTO – Mural creation, landscaping improvements, and clean-up days

Forest Park Brazil – Landscaping and updates to the fountain wall

Grace Community Church – Beautification of outdoor area

Hungarian Hall – Rehab of Hall structure

Lincolnsire-Woodshire Homeowners Association – Revitalization of neighborhood park

REEF (Recycling and Environmental Education Foundation) – Raised beds in Clinton Community Garden

MACC (Mothering as a Career Club) – Revitalization of Dobbs StoryWalk

ReThink, Inc. – Enhancement to community gardens including seating and QR codes

Ryves Optimist Club – New outdoor lighting at Ryves Youth Center/Etling Hall

Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors – Lost Creek neighborhood area beautification

Strong Neighborhoods Impact Council Members - Development Team

Composed of volunteers who are passionate and/or experts in the field of community building or passionate about their neighborhoods.  They are responsible for developing ideas to make progress towards their agreed upon measurements.

Martha Crossen – Co-Chair
Terre Haute City Council Member

Carey LaBella – Co-Chair
Vigo County Public Library

Josh Alsip
Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Baker
3 Sisters Investements

Rhett Beaumont
Lummus Technology

Christine Buckley
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Gabrielle Comelleri

Valerie Craig
Indiana State University

Trey Epps
Woodforest National Bank

Dan Gisel
Maryland Community Church

Pat Goodwin
Tractor Tools Direct

Pamela Malone

Tracey Malooley
Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors

Tom Moore
CenterPoint Energy – Vectren

Leah Myers
Mental Health America of West Central IN

Myra Wilkey
Mental Health America of West Central IN

Strong Neighborhoods Impact Council Members - Resource Team

Composed of volunteers who provide financial oversight for the resources entrusted to the impact council.

Jameel Ahmed – Chair
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Angie Balitewicz
Vigo County School Corporation

Hilary Duncan
Ivy Tech Community College

Dan Hardesty
Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health

John E. Lang
Retired – Eli Lily

Lindsay Stergar
Regional Hospital

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsor

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Your donation will allow this council to invest in the best programs and initiatives in order to create a stronger community and neighborhood pride.

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