About

Building Community on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis

Who We Are

Our Vision

The Near Eastside is a vibrant, thriving, welcoming community.

Our Mission

John Boner Neighborhood Centers inspires neighbors and partners to improve the quality of life on the Near Eastside by providing tools for change and growth.

Our Values

  • We hold an unshakable belief in the power of individuals and communities to create change that promote a shared destiny, social justice, and equality.
  • We work to build a community where people what to live, work, and leave an impact.
  • We ensure a welcoming and active environment for community residents, programs and services, and partners that will facilitate relationship development.
  • The ability to impact the quality of life on the Near Eastside is defined by the breadth and depth of collaboration with partners.
  • We are a community where residents set the agenda for the neighborhood and individuals define success.
  • The center leverages resources and demonstrates good stewardship of investments within this community.
  • Cultivation of leadership is the ability to attract, retain, and develop individuals.

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Commitment to Diversity

Since 2012, the John Boner Neighborhood Centers has had a board reviewed and approved diversity plan, that includes the Diversity Statement & Goals highlighted below.

Last year (2020), a staff-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team was established to expand John Boner Neighborhood Centers’ practices and understanding of these key areas and update its Diversity Statement & Goals. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team intends to improve cross-cultural gaps in areas such as generational differences, economic class, race, and gender/sexuality to create an open and inclusive environment, removing biases through education and sharing experiences. Additionally, to continuously ensure inclusive and equitable programming, the John Boner Neighborhood Centers engages neighbors and voices through its Quality of Life Plan; a living plan focused on equity, sustainability, economic mobility, and resiliency.

Diversity Statement

John Boner Neighborhood Centers recognizes the strength of diversity and celebrates a society of different individuals, cultures, and perspectives whose knowledge, skills, and talents enrich and strengthen us as a people. We believe in and promote, equal opportunity in our operations, community engagement, employment, decision-making, and inclusion of diverse members of our community. These differences include race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and political affiliation.

Diversity Goals

Create Awareness: Share our diversity principles and values with staff, partners, supporters, and general public.

Inclusive Culture: The center is an inclusive environment in which differences are recognized, respected, valued, and even celebrated.

Accountability: Diversity scorecard is maintained annually and reviewed annually by our board of directors.

Outreach: Seek organizations, employees, board members, and volunteers to strengthen our diversity inclusion principals.

Business and Community Relationships: Engage with and conduct business with those of diverse backgrounds.

Ongoing Learning: Identify and address specific inclusiveness issues, barriers, and/or opportunities.

2020 Organization Demographics

Gender
Neighborhood JBNC Clients JBNC Board JBNC Leadership JBNC F/T Staff
Total Served 28,427 6,500 13 12 59
Female 51% 62% 75% 66% 61%
Male 49% 38% 38% 25% 34%

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Race
Neighborhood JBNC Clients JBNC Board JBNC Leadership JBNC F/T Staff
Total Served 28,427 6,500 13 12 59
Caucasian 53% 28% 54% 50% 41%
African-American 30% 65% 38% 33% 46%
Asian 1% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Other 16% 6% 8% 17% 14%

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Ethnicity
Neighborhood JBNC Clients JBNC Board JBNC Leadership JBNC F/T Staff
Total Served 28,427 6,500 13 12 59
Hispanic 14% 5% 8% 17% 10%
Non-Hispanic 93% 95% 92% 83% 90%

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Age
Neighborhood JBNC Clients JBNC Board JBNC Leadership JBNC F/T Staff
Total Served 28,427 6,500 13 12 59
Under 19 29% 10% 0% 0% 0%
19 - 44 32% 32% 31% 42% 49%
45 - 64 32% 32% 69% 58% 44%
65 and Over 8% 26% 0% 0% 7%

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Our History

It started with a card table and two folding chairs.

In 1971, a group of neighbors on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis determined the need for a neighborhood service center. With the community’s help, John Boner and Richard Moore set up a small, makeshift office on East 10th Street; and that’s where the Near Eastside Multi-Service Center was born. Over the years, this philosophy has inspired the creation of services and programs in response to the changing needs within our community.

A few years later, in 1994, the Near Eastside Multi-Service Center was renamed as the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, in honor of John Boner’s unwavering dedication to the community.

Growing with the community

Today, the John Boner Neighborhood Centers is a 501(c)3 social services and community development organization serving residents living in the community.

The energy, commitment, and dedication of center staff is the driving force behind our success and the unique opportunities offered to our neighbors. Through programs, services, and community development initiatives, staff help to inspire and support those who are committed to thriving towards an improved quality of life: Not just for themselves, but for the community they live in.

We believe that neighborhood-driven efforts are essential in developing a healthy, thriving, and vibrant community. We provide numerous tools for change and growth for our residents and community partners. Through our work, we hope to inspire and foster change to improve the lives of those we serve.

Historic John Boner Neighborhood Community Center
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