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The mission of NeighborLink Indianapolis is to help low-income homeowner seniors and individuals with disabilities in Marion County, Indiana age in place safely by providing home repair services at no cost to the homeowner.

2021 Highlights

2021 was a great year! 


March 2021 - Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle club kicks off our group volunteer season


April 2021 - Awarded funding from Lilly Endowment through CICF for BYPlus program

June 2021 - Awarded the Changemaker Grant from Impact 100

June 2021 - Joined with Rebuilding Together to Revitalize a Neighborhood

September 2021 - Founder, Dave Withey was awarded the Golden Hoosier Award. Rachel Nelson assumes Executive Director role

October 2021 - Resumed indoor projects in a new way - with paid handy people and trade partners for select projects

October 2021 - Hosted our first large volunteer event, "BOO! Home Repair Doesn't Have to be Scary"

October 2021 - First class of Marian University Social Work Students began homeowner visits with our Client Services team

December 2021 - Completed our 533rd project for the year. A record for NeighborLink Indianapolis

35 Groups came out to serve those in need.


We broke records in 2021! Our organization officially moved from volunteer leadership to a paid leadership staff and put key software in place. Those infrastructure moves proved to be huge successes for our ability to serve more homeowners and complete more repair projects. We perfected our processes for group projects and shifted our model to adapt to the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.




Our service geography still remains Marion County, Indiana for citation cases and within the 465-loop North of Washington St. for non-citation cases. However, we continue to see the need for our services most heavily within these six zip codes.

Number of Projects


Citations from The Marion County Public Health Department are a high priority for NeighborLink Indianapolis. Homeowners who have been given citations are at risk of steep fines and could even potentially lose their homes. MCPHD is a great partner with NeighborLink Indianapolis; they realize the stress a citation puts on a homeowner and frequently refer cited homeowners to us for help.



Fifty years in a neighborhood is a pretty substantial amount of time. For Ms. Wanda Ward, also known as “Grandma,” it’s been her home, her community, and the hub of her family for decades. Though Grandma has oodles of grandkids, she’s known throughout the neighborhood by that moniker.


“I helped rear almost all the children in our neighborhood. They would come to my house and play while their families were at work, explained Ms. Ward. “Everybody just started calling me Grandma.”

Listen to Grandma tell her story >






We were blown away by the community support this year. Not only were we awarded grant funding to help support our growth and infrastructure establishment, we were awarded grant funding to support our need for hired subcontractors to take on the backlog of COVID related projects. In addition to these grants, we were awarded the grant funds to support hiring two full time project coordinators specific to the BYPlus program. This enabled us to accomplish even more home repair projects.


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Founder Dave Withey retired in September from the Executive Director role and appointed Rachel Nelson as the organization's first paid Executive Director. Dave remains as advisor and helping with development needs as well as directing a gutter repair team. It has been noted on multiple occasions Dave is not great at "retiring." This year our leadership team grew to be comprise of eight paid staff and a number of dedicated handy volunteers.



Phil Kirk, President

Tom Hawkins, Vice President

Terrance White, Treasurer

Dave Withey, Board Member and Founder

Dan Amonett, Board Member

Jeanette Jefferis, Board Member

Jake Engel, Board Member

Debra Carroll, Board Member