Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Second Story--2009 was awesome! we're ready for 2010

Happy Holidays

Second Story enjoyed a great 2009. And we appreciate your support in helping us continue to succeed. This year, with many excellent volunteers joining our team, we've helped lots of kids in Indianapolis find joy in writing and improve their literacy skills.

We did this with:

· Summer programs on East 10th Street (in partnership with Y-Press) on the Near Eastside (see the videos here) and in Garfield Park (in partnership with Indy Parks).

· In-school programs at IPS School 15 (4th graders) and IPS School 2 (7th graders in partnership with Butler University and Central Library).

· Weekly after-school programs at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, Kaleidoscope Youth Center and MLK Center.

· Entertaining and successful Corporate Rock Off, Zippers of Zoomerville and Harrison Center Underground fundraiser events.

Now, we're looking forward to 2010 with plans to continue our after-school efforts while also working with high school kids for the first time as we team up with University of Indianapolis to help students at Manual High School bring back their yearbook and newspaper publications.

In late 2008 and in 2009, we received some great support from the Indianapolis Foundation, State Farm and from individuals like you. But times are tight and finding foundation and corporate support is a challenge - especially for younger nonprofit organizations like ours.

So we need your help. The more funds we can raise, the more we can expand our programs to reach more children in 2010. It's easy to make a tax-deductible donation online through the Donate/Paypal button on our website or by sending us a check to 1014 Prospect St. Indianapolis, IN 46203.

We'd also love your help as a volunteer in 2010. Please email me if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello.

All Best,

Jim Walker
Managing Director

Another big accomplishment in 2009 was finishing Second Story's website. While it is still developing, we're really proud of the site and expect to make it even more useful for kids, parents and teachers in 2010. Thanks to the site's designers, Indiana-based Medium Large, for their support on this project.

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