IU medical students turn gardener-for-a-day during the annual Spring House Calls

  • March 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three inner city Indianapolis neighborhoods will be visited by medical students Saturday, March 28, during the 20th annual Spring House Calls, the oldest service-learning project at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Nearly 120 medical students and their families will fan out in Haughville, Blackburn and a near-eastside neighborhood to perform yard work and landscaping at 35 homes and the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th Street, home of the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free clinic opened by the students nearly 8 years ago.  

The student-led event targets the homes of elderly, disabled or minority homeowners or fellowship halls to lend a helping hand.

The students will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. at the Christamore House Family and Community Center, 502 N. Tremont St., Indianapolis. From there, the students will go to their appointed homes to remove weeds, plant flowers, mulch and perform other landscaping tasks. At12:30 p.m., the volunteers and homeowners will gather at the Christamore House to enjoy lunch and a chance to connect and celebrate.

This annual event is coordinated, managed and conducted by medical students with support from the IU School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Student Affairs.

For the past 20 years, IU medical students have performed yard work at the homes of elderly  inner-city Indianapolis residents. The medical service-learning event is aptly called Spring House Calls.

For the past 20 years, IU medical students have performed yard work at the homes of elderly inner-city Indianapolis residents. The medical service-learning event is aptly called Spring House Calls. | Photo by IUSM Visual Media

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