Team Indy- Make a Difference Day

By Julia McPherson on November 9, 2013 in AmeriCorps

Team Indy mid-afternoon at Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center

Team Indianapolis banded together on October 26th at Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center to prepare for their 5th annual Fall Festival.

Auntie Mame’s provides high quality, culturally responsive early education and school age programs to equip children to become tomorrow’s leaders. As a team of nine, Team Indy worked to transform the basement corridors of the facility into a frightening haunted house, a pivotal attraction for their festival. The free festival provides the community with a safe place to celebrate Halloween. Traditional trick-or-treating is not an option for many of the local children as they live in a high crime neighborhood.

This year’s theme was to create a haunted corn maze. We worked tirelessly to cloak the walls in darkness, paint frightening murals, create spooky lighting and haunt the rooms with terrifying decorations. Transforming these few rooms and hallways was no easy feat. Who knew that stringing cobwebs was so difficult!

Erin streaming cob webs

Erin stringing cob webs

With only two employees working on the fall festival, Team Indianapolis provided the much needed power to conquer the daunting task and provided a bit of respite for those workers. Moreover, this was our first all day project as a team where we were able to delegate tasks, display teamwork, express our creativity and see a finished a product. Although we were unable to attend the festival, we are all proud to provide a safe and slightly frightening service to the community.

Sarah painting with fake blood.

Sarah painting with fake blood.

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