Thousands participating in Indy Do Day to make Indy a better place

Thousands participating in Indy Do Day to make Indy a better place. (WISH Photo/Joe Melillo)

INDIANAPOLIS Ind. (WISH) – An annual event where thousands of people put aside their day jobs and work to make Indianapolis a better place to live is happening Thursday.

It’s Indy Do Day, and a few businesses including Eli Lilly are sending out crews of hundreds to help clean up and get things done.

For Lilly workers, it’s also known as “Lilly Global Day of Service.”

This two-day event begins at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, then crews find out where they are placed across the city.

This is Indy’s ninth annual service day worldwide. Over 24,000 Lilly employees in over 70 countries take part in the Lilly Global Day of Service.

In addition to those workers from Lilly, Marion County students are getting a hands on experience as well. Junior achievement JobSpark will sit inside the State fairgrounds at the west pavilion. The event is meant to “spark” an interest in students and get them excited for their future.

If kids want to learn about architecture, engineering and construction, then students have the opportunity to go through a construction site for the building of a replica of the Indiana Pacers Practice Facility. Students also have the opportunity to build and take down a brick wall.

For students interested in Government, Law and Public Safety, they are able to learn how to respond to a weather disaster that causes a car accident and includes an IPD bomb squad vehicle, emergency response vehicle, fire truck and other public service vehicles.

Also for kids interested in Health and Life Science, students are able to see what it is like inside an operating room suite, complete with x- ray station, emergency medicine, and even a wheelchair obstacle race.

If you are volunteering, you can add your name to the thousands already involved here at