The 12th annual “Faith Hope Love Week” will take place July 24-30, with more than 60 activities sponsored by more than two dozen churches and neighborhood and other community organizations. The opening ceremony is a prayer celebration co-hosted by several churches on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. at Midtown Vineyard Community Church, 4550 Central Ave.

The week of service and community interaction was created by Merlin Gonzales, the founder of Faith Hope Love Community. The organization is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center at 40 W. 40th St. Volunteers from the following organizations will be participating in a variety of projects designed to bring four contiguous neighborhoods – Meridian-Kessler, Butler-Tarkington, Crown Hill, and United Northwest – together in a collaborative effort to build awareness of the needs of many residents of these neighborhoods and ways to participate not only in the FHL Week, but on a regular basis. To become a volunteer and view a list of activities, visit the organization’s website, www.fhlinternational.info, or its Facebook page, Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc. Information is also available by calling 317-572- 5793 or emailing info@fhlinternational.org.  You can also download the full menu of projects here.

“Volunteers are still needed to help with the dozens of activities planned to benefit the neediest residents of these neighborhoods,” said Gonzales. “Donations of food and other items are welcome and may be brought to our office at 40 W. 40 th .” He added, “We see this as an annual way to reach out to the communities we serve to help those in need and build a strong volunteer corps to provide much-needed basic services.”

Activities will include feeding children and adults; providing upgrades to food pantries; activities for area residents that include entertainment, worship services, and food distribution; training volunteers; and bike rides for youth ages 10 to 16 with members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and Freewheelin’ Community Bikes.

Clark Kirkman, President of BTNA, is organizing a public safety walk through both the Butler-Tarkington and Crown Hill neighborhoods. Those interested can participate by arriving at IPS School 43 by 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 28th!

The four neighborhoods encompass dozens of blocks across the mid-north section of Indianapolis. Within this area are some of the poorest, most crime-ridden streets in the city.

Organizations involved in the dozens of activities during the week include the following churches: Midtown Vineyard Community, New Era Baptist, Shiloh Missionary Baptist, Barnes United Methodist, 25 th St. Baptist, and Promised Land Baptist (and its food pantry). Other organizations include Martin Luther King, Jr,. Community Center; the neighborhood associations of Meridian-Kessler, Crown Hill, Butler-Tarkington, and United Northwest; IUPUI; Lirios de los Valles; College Avenue Branch Library; Washington Park; Freewheelin’ Community Bikes; Indianapolis Fire Station #31; HOPE Food Pantry at Hawthorne Place Apartments, along with other area food pantries; IMPD; New Horizsun Childcare and Preschool; Ten Point Coalition; and Joy’s House Adult Day Service. Outside of Indianapolis, the Evangelical Community Church in Bloomington is participating, along with various activities based in New Castle.

To obtain more information, call 317-572-5793, email info@fhlinternational.org, visit the website, www.fhlcommunity.org, or Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc. on Facebook.