Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.
Dads Inc.'s one-day Monopoly tournament provides fathers and kids with an enjoyable and engaging method for understanding and talking about finances. On Saturday, December 3, while kids and dads wheel and deal in Marvin Gardens–real-estate holdings, Dads Inc. will introduce the fundamentals of financial literacy as it relates to the game. The Monopoly tournament expects more than 20 dads to attend with their children, each family leaving with their own Monopoly game to continue the fun and the lessons at home.
In 2010, Indy Reads tutored 1,210 adults between the ages of 18 and 100. Most of the students begin tutoring with third- or fourth-grade reading levels. To comprehend a newspaper, it's necessary to read at a sixth-grade level or higher, and most GED instructors recommend at least a ninth-grade reading level to pass the GED test. Indy Reads's programming helps improve participants' reading levels through one-on-one tutoring, small-group sessions, and literacy labs held at neighborhood centers. The programming also includes services for people learning English as a second language.
The Theater Within prides itself on putting on shows that challenge audiences with the toughest issues of the day, provoking their mental engagement in the performance and their own internal reflections on the state of society and the individual. David Auburn's Proof, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, explores themes of madness, genius, and love with the story of Catherine, whose father is a famed but unstable mathematician. When her father dies, Catherine is plunged into her own maelstrom of emotions as her estranged sister arrives, as well as a former student of her father's who has interest in the late mathematician's 103 notebooks. As Catherine deals with these outside forces, she also struggles with her own concerns that she'll follow in her father's mental footsteps. Each of The Theater Within's performances of Proof are followed by a forum with the show's cast, the theater's artistic director, and the audience on the issues touched upon in the play.
The first boxing program of its kind in the country, Rock Steady Boxing unites people with Parkinson's disease through noncontact-boxing fitness programs. Upon diagnosis, doctors often encourage individuals with Parkinson's to start exercising. However, due to noticeable symptoms of the disease such as tremors, balance difficulties, and softened voices, many individuals with Parkinson’s avoid traditional fitness centers. At Rock Steady Boxing, they can exercise safely, surrounded by peers who are also fighting the disease. Four different levels of classes correspond to the severity of symptoms, which could range from people with recent diagnoses to those using wheelchairs and walkers. Certified coaches lead participants through boxing regimens tailored to the individual's abilities and health concerns, and classes teach the fundamentals of boxing through noncontact workouts designed to boost overall fitness and well-being.
After donning absurd costumes and slathering on ample amounts of wet earth, runners at the 5K Disaster Dash take on an exhilarating series of mud-slickened obstacles. Waves of runners are released onto the course every 30 minutes to dance between spare tires, slide down mudslides, and crawl through mud bogs. Climbing walls, rope ladders, and balance beams also await, intimidating runners with treacherous names including Tornado Alley, Crater Climb, and Hail Storm. After making it through the course, runners enjoy a post-race party with beer, food, and music at the Survivor's Saloon.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, whose volunteers often rush through harsh, dirty conditions of their own to deliver food, clothing, shelter, and comfort to those in need.