Picture a sophisticated lounge with a business casual dress code that combines standard bar-area seating with couches and comfortable sitting room chairs; that’s the gist of Blu, a nightclub in downtown Indianapolis on south Meridian Street. During the week, Blu provides late-evening visitors with a casual and relaxing atmosphere with plenty of soft lighting, a few modest televisions and easy-listening music. Weekends are much livelier, with bass-heavy deejays in rotation and a flashy Miami-infused club scene taking over. Still, it’s possible to sneak away to the mezzanine level, outside patio or private VIP lounges for a more secluded experience, the latter of which comes complete with custom-designed sheer curtains. Of course, dancing is also an option, thanks to pulsing reggae, hip hop and Top 40 selections coming from the dance floor.
The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) strives to raise awareness about autism and promote early diagnosis and early intervention. Understanding that autism is a lifelong disability, the ASI serves as the first point of contact for people around the state who need support or help—and its staff members have all had personal experience with a loved one on the autism spectrum, providing them with real-life experience to help support and understand the people they serve. The ASI also hosts ally programs across the state of Indiana, such as support groups for individuals with autism and their families, and the Parent Advisory Council, which helps identify the needs of parents of children with autism.
Humane Society for Hamilton County aims to save the lives of cats and dogs through foster-care and adoption programs. The open-admission shelter accepts both strays and owner-surrendered animals regardless of breed, age, or medical needs, and it does not euthanize adoptable pets based on time or space limitations. Additionally, the organization raises awareness about animal rights and educates the community through animal-training and behavioral-support programs, low-cost spay and neuter services, pit-bull education, and other community resources.
When a Missouri high school banned Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library channeled the spirit of the rabblerousing author in protest. Since the school locked away copies of the book, the library staged "Locked Up With Vonnegut," where writer Corey Michael Dalton lived in the library's front window for an entire week. The library even sent free copies to any student from the high school that asked for one.
Championing free speech is an indispensable goal for the library. It strives to engage visitors with the written and visual arts through its museum, art gallery, and reading room. The same aim fuels the nonprofit's events, which include Night of Vonnegut, VonnegutFest, and programs for veterans and teachers
A lack of adequate school supplies often prevents children experiencing homelessness from succeeding academically. New supplies allow students to focus and complete their schoolwork more easily, and lend them the confidence that old or used supplies may not. School on Wheels distributes bundles of classroom supplies to students in need, including pencils, markers, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, and a pencil box to help kids stay equipped and organized.
Since 2003, Trusted Mentors has helped to provide organizational training and resources to more than 125 adults in Indianapolis. In addition to a mentor's guidance, the organization equips mentees with tangible tools, such as alarm clocks and daily planners. By helping adults living in poverty to improve their day-to-day time-management and organizational skills, Trusted Mentors aims to improve the likelihood that they will find and maintain stable housing and employment.