Neighborhood Association Organization Guide

This workbook has been prepared for Muncie’s neighborhood organizers under the direction of: Muncie Action Plan’s (MAP) Task Force 2 Initiative and the Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) program in Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement.

The following information is based on publicly available information, and the activities of current Muncie neighborhood associations.

In this workbook, you will find a guide to forming and maintaining a neighborhood association, sections addressing issues and challenges faced by neighborhood organizers, and a collection of ideas and resources.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society Updates Muncie Resource Guide

thriftstorefrontThe St. Vincent de Paul Society of Muncie has published a comprehensive guide to human services available in Muncie and Delaware County. The guide, more than 100 pages long and meant to supplement the 211 Rainbow book, lists resources for basic needs – such as utilities, food, and shelter – as well as children’s services, disability services, senior services, and more.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a worldwide Catholic community organization founded in Paris in 1833. Locally, the tri-parish group serves the needy of Delaware County to fulfill two great commandments – Love of God and Love of Neighbor. The society operates a thrift store (920 E. Charles Street) that helps approximately 550 persons per year with free clothing and miscellaneous household items. Proceeds from the store go to help with rent, utilities, and food for those in need.

“We have found this resource highly useful when working with our clients,” said Angela Saval, member of the society. “There are services that we cannot provide, but there are many other resources in the community.”

The resource book is updated on a bi-yearly basis. An online version of the resource book is available for free, although the society welcomes donations to support their efforts.

Hard copies of the guide may be purchased for $12. Orders must be submitted to by February 7.

To learn more about St. Vincent de Paul Society’s work in Delaware County, visit or

VIDEO: ADVANCE East Central Indiana

This video, produced by Chris Flook was created by Ball State Student Media.  Follow them on Vimeo!

Director: Kyle May

Cinematography: Ben Redar, Robbie Mehling, Hobie Crase, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Flagship Enterprise Center, Shane Dresch, Aaron Webster, Jeff Holiday, Kayla Eiler, Haley Turk, Kathie Green, Joe Sailer, Joe Vella

Motion Graphics: Chris Flook
Editing: Chris Flook

VIDEO: Muncie’s Primacy of Place

Muncie’s Primacy of Place Video Series was produced by Ball State Student Media and funded by the Ball Brothers Foundation. The series explores six main ‘pillars’ of quality of life: Parks and Recreation, Neighborhood Development, Farm to Table, Volunteerism, Education, and Philanthropy.

Research and practice shows the single most important element in strengthening local economies is attracting and retaining talented individuals. This requires not only good jobs and schools, but attention to the quality of life in individual communities. Primacy of Place describes a community’s strategic decision to dedicate resources to improving life experiences for residents, businesses and visitors. Read more about Ball State’s Primacy of Place initiative.