Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne
Jul27

Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne

Did you know that Fort Wayne has a bicycle advocacy organization? We met with Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne (BFFW) to get the details on what they do. Visit BFFW on Facebook and Twitter. Video by Jim...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jade Kelsey
Feb17

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jade Kelsey

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Partnership Development Co-Chair, Jade Kelsey. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I love Fort Wayne, and wanted to be a part of a group that showcases all of the cool things there are to see and do in my city. So, my role in Partnership Development is a perfect fit. Jasmine is my Co-Chair, and she is so great to work with. You can usually find us at Fortezza, our unofficial office space. Our job is the most fun! We get to talk to all kinds of people about their events, activities and plans for the future and then bring them back to our LFW team to write, promote and showcase. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I’ve recently fallen in love with my bicycle, to the point that I’ve joined an advocacy group – Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne. I commute to work, zip around my neighborhood, explore our greenways and even run errands. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? My parents recently re-located to Memphis, Tennessee, and I miss them very much. My fiancé and I enjoyed visiting some historical sites, museums and great restaurants on our last trip. Plus, you can’t beat Beale Street for drinks and jazz. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW? Oh man, that’s tough. One thing? Probably Wunderkammer, because whatever they have going on will be perfectly local and fantastic. And then we can sneak over to Bravas for patatas. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Bohemian Rhapsody, because the crowd would sing along! Stay tuned next month for another glimpse into one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email (info@livingfortwayne.com) or reach out to us on Social Media: @LivingFortWayne facebook.com/LivingFortWayne We’re always interested...

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NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back
Jun16

NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back

Last month Living Fort Wayne members (and some of their children) got together and did a little a volunteering for NeighborLink Fort Wayne. I was happy to join the crew that went out that day. The whole experience was one of the more streamlined volunteer experiences I have been a part of. Special thanks to the Living Fort Wayne Committee members that spearheaded this activity. Here’s a recap of what went down that day! To start out the day, we all met at Old Crown Coffee Roasters to get a feel for how we wanted to approach the day’s activities. Living Fort Wayne participants were Leslie Snare (+2), Jade Kelsey, Ryan Krueckeberg, Matt Graves (+2), Emily Farmer, Jade Haag, and Aly Hess (+1). We ended up having just two projects from NeighborLink Fort Wayne to tackle that day: yard work for a lady named Therese in northeast Fort Wayne and window cleaning for a lady named Roberta in southeast Fort Wayne (read more about how NeighborLink Fort Wayne works in our article by Jasmine Bajar). Instead of splitting up, Leslie and the group decided that we should stay together and tackle Therese’s project first and then head over to help out Roberta. Therese’s home was tucked into a quiet neighborhood near IPFW. She needed some general landscape cleanup done on her home. The group split up and tackled different areas of need – a little weeding, a little raking, and a little trimming. Most of the group tackled weeding and trimming. I handled the raking of old leaves away from the side of her house and out of the shrubbery. As a group we spent around two hours there, but that was more than enough time to work up a sweat and make a difference in that little space. After a few years of apartment living for me, it was refreshing to get out and work in her lawn. From there we all made our way down to southeast Fort Wayne to clean windows for Roberta. This project was completed relatively quickly with all of us knocking out a little of the project. Besides a few uninvited guests in the form of bees, this was easy, breezy for us and made Roberta and her son quite happy to see the results. Overall this was clean and efficient from my perspective. If you are part of a group who is looking for a way to get out and volunteer, check out what NeighborLink Fort Wayne has to offer. Be sure to check in next week to get Jade Kelsey’s take on how the day went together, which should be interesting since she did a...

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