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Clean Neighborhoods

Adopt-A-Block

Program Overview

Tackle the litter on your block. Make a citywide difference.

If everyone does a little bit, it makes a huge difference. The Adopt-A-Block program empowers neighbors to help beautify their community starting with the city’s smallest unit—the block. We provide free tools and resources, and you commit to keeping your block free of litter. 

Our nearly 1,000 Block Captains – who cover more than 230 miles of Indy blocks – have helped contribute to the tons upon tons of litter we clean up across the city each year. They are also leaders in developing pocket parks, community tree plantings and vibrant greenspace projects throughout the city.

Find Your Block.

Program Details

Neighborhood

Your Commitment

  • Bring your neighbors together (young and old) to set goals, share the work of beautifying your block, and spend time with each other.
  • Work with your neighbors to keep your block clean, whether that means daily pickup, a weekly cleanup, or a monthly effort.
  • Let your neighbors know about the resources available for your block through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. From free trainings to trees, we’re here to help!
  • Talk to residents about what you’re doing when you’re out cleaning your block. See if you can recruit new block coordinators on other streets in your neighborhood to expand your impact.

What KIB Provides

  • Each block coordinator receives a cleanup kit that includes your choice of four items: a broom, shovel, bags, gloves, dustpan, bucket, or litter-grabber.
  • We also host training sessions and social events to help block coordinators collaborate and celebrate their successes. Please stay tuned to see what is coming up!
  • Each block can receive a FREE TREE in the fall through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Community Forestry program!
  • To encourage friendly competition, KIB scores each block on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 is good, people). A score of 1 indicates a completely litter-free block. Each spring, blocks with an average of 2 or better can attend a workshop on native plants and receive FREE perennials!

Business

Your support through the Adopt-A-Block Business Program means more residents out developing pocket parks, planting community trees, and creating vibrant greenspaces throughout the city.

Your Commitment

  • Increase your curb appeal, whether that means daily pickup, a weekly cleanup, or a monthly effort.
    • We suggest cleaning a minimum of every other week.
  • Be a community connecter. Encourage your neighbors, customers, and partners to share in the work of beautifying your block and getting to know each other.
  • Let your customers know about the resources available for your block through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. From free trainings to trees, we’re here to help!
  • Talk to residents about what you’re doing when you’re out cleaning your block. See if you can recruit new business block captains on other streets to expand your impact.

What KIB Provides

  • A cleanup kit that includes your choice of four items: broom, shovel, garbage bags, gloves, dustpan, bucket, or litter-grabber
    • You also receive an Adopt-A-Block t-shirt and annual renewal supplies
    • You can choose to donate your supply kit back to the Adopt-A-Block resident program if your company does not need the tools
  • A “KIB Adopt-A-Block Business Program Block Captain” window decal to proudly display your commitment to cleaning and greening Indy
    • Receive a new sticker for every year of participation
  • Assistance installing a KIB Adopt-A-Block metal sign on your business’s street
  • Media and website recognition through the KIB website, Adopt-A-Block map, annual report, and monthly newsletters
  • Invitations to KIB-hosted training sessions and social events that enable block coordinators to collaborate and celebrate their successes
  • Each block, regardless of the cleanliness score, can receive a FREE TREE in the fall through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Community Forestry program!

School

Schools participating in the Adopt-A-Block program give students hands-on opportunities to engage in civic leadership. Together, students make a visible difference in their communities.

Your Commitment

  • Bring your school community together (young and old) to set goals, share the work of beautifying your block, and spend time with each other.
  • Gain the cooperation of students, staff, and parents to keep your block clean, whether that means daily pickup, a weekly cleanup, or a monthly effort.
    • Note: Schools may be scored during school breaks.
  • Let your school community know about the resources available for your block through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. From free trainings to trees, we’re here to help!

What KIB Provides

  • Each school coordinator receives a cleanup kit that includes a litter-grabber, trash bags, and gloves.
  • We also host training sessions and social events to help block coordinators collaborate and celebrate their successes. Please stay tuned to see what’s coming up!
  • Each block can receive a FREE TREE in the fall through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Community Forestry program!