Lilly Day of service sends thousands into city 

Launching the Eli Lilly Co.'s second annual Global Day of Service, 9,500 Lilly employees, joined by dozens of local organizations, volunteered in more than 50 community improvement projects last Wednesday. Volunteer activities included landscaping, mural painting, playground installation and a fundraising walk-a-thon.

This photo was taken at the corner of 40th and Illinois, along the wall of the Martin Luther King Service Center, where the mural and tree-planting endeavors were completed in a few of hours.

"We've built upon last year's success and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our employees and community partners around the world to take this Day of Service to the next level," said Rob Smith, director of corporate responsibility at Lilly, in a press release. "We believe this volunteer event represents a wonderful opportunity for organizations and individuals to come together in common cause to improve the communities in which we live and work. We look forward to even greater participation in the years to come."

Lilly employees joined Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indy Parks, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Central Indiana, and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS).

For more info: www.lilly.com and www.kibi.org

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