Happy Earth Day! In this Edition...

1.) Give during Earth Month and your donation will be doubled
2.) Contact Governor Holcomb and ask him to veto the anti-rooftop solar bill, SB 309 
3.) Make plans to join us for the People's Climate March on April 29th
4.) Join us at upcoming presentations and events this Earth Month
5.) Support our clean water work - and unwind - at Aveda events across Indiana
Earth Month Donor Spotlight: Lynn Hale
Donate to HEC by April 30th & Your Gift Will Be Matched!
 
Having lived in Indiana for many years, Lynn Hale greatly appreciates how HEC focuses on issues specific to the Hoosier State.    She became especially interested in HEC after hearing our Executive Director, Jesse Kharbanda, speak to the League of Women Voters Muncie-Delaware County chapter, where she was also on a study committee that recommended opposing the proposed Mounds Dam - a position that the LWV ultimately took.   She was particularly impressed that in addition to opposing the dam, HEC's team proposed a viable alternative - the Mounds Greenway.

Along with her volunteer work with the LWV, Lynn enjoys gardening and traveling.   In addition to having lived in many Midwestern states prior to settling in Indiana, she enjoys traveling out west, particularly to enjoy our national parks.

A long-time HEC donor, Lynn recently decided to support HEC with qualified charitable distributions from her IRA.   The funds donated are not subject to income tax, (as IRA distributions that we're required to take beginning at age 70 ½ otherwise would be).   Lynn has found this to be an easy and advantageous way to support the causes she most cares about during her retirement.

Thank you for your longstanding and generous support of HEC, Lynn!
 
TAKE ACTION:

Join donors like Lynn in supporting HEC during the month of April and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000 total), thanks to another treasured friend and generous supporter, Alice Schloss!
 
Setting up a gift to HEC through your IRA can be done with assistance from your lawyer or financial advisor.  

To learn more about the benefits of supporting HEC this way, contact HEC's Senior Development Coordinator Sharlene Kipfer at (317) 685-8800 ext 116 or skipfer@hecweb.org.
This is Your Last Weekend to Contact Governor Holcomb to Veto SB 309!
 
The immensely controversial anti-rooftop solar bill, SB 309, is getting closer to reaching the Governor's desk.  We anticipate that, upon reaching his desk, he will act quickly one way or the other.  This means that you still have time (though limited) to contact the Governor -- and urge him to veto SB 309.

TAKE ACTION:

1.) This Weekend:
  • Email the Governor at GovHolcomb@gov.in.gov 
  • Share our Facebook post, which is pinned at the top of our page, so that your family and friends email him, too!
  • Tweet: We urge you, @GovHolcomb, to side with the people of Indiana, who are overwhelmingly opposed to #SB309! #veto #insolar #Inlegis
2.) This Monday:
  • Call the Governor - Leave a message with Ms. Katie Reed (317-232-4567)
If you need more background on SB 309, be sure to visit our dedicated page.
Join us on Saturday, April 29th for the People's Climate March Indiana!

In 2014, more than 400,000 Americans concerned about the impact of a rapidly changing climate on our world, joined together in New York City - along with many others all over the world - to raise their voice and demand climate action. 

On Saturday, April 29th, we will bring our knowledge, passion, and our voices to Indianapolis with a unified message:

As our federal government takes a stunning turn in the wrong direction on climate change, Hoosiers must act.

With the Trump Administration determined to dismantle climate action at the federal level, it is ever more urgent that we take our concerns and voice them to everyone - our family, our friends, kindred spirits, our local governments, and beyond. 

Now is not the time to give up - we must stand stronger than ever in our quest to steer our world onto a path that is sustainable, renewable, and healthy.
 
ALL. TOGETHER. NOW.

Original artwork by local Indy artist, Julie Edwards
 
 
Where: Veterans' Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis
When: Saturday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m.
 
There are marches happening all over the world on this date - you can learn more about the movement here. Looking for another "sister march"? More info here.
 
If you live in Northwestern Indiana and can't make it to Indianapolis on April 29th, consider attending NWI People's Climate March, where HEC's own Sam Henderson will be speaking!
 
In addition, Evansville is also hosting a march. View more details on this event here.
 
Also, consider joining us for a PCM Sign-Making Party on Tuesday, April 25th!
 
Questions? Contact our Outreach Coordinator, Amanda Shepherd, at ashepherd@hecweb.org.
Get More Involved by Attending Upcoming Events
And Consider Joining Our Volunteer Program!

A. ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING

Talk with your legislators by attending an upcoming Third House meeting:

LaPorte County - Friday, April 28th

B. ENGAGE HEC STAFF DURING EARTH MONTH EVENTS


April 30th - Earth Month Fort Wayne

(We'll be at even more Earth Month events, as you'll see here - and note the Aveda Earth Month events in the section below!)

C. BECOME AN HEC ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE

If you want to become even more involved in advocacy both in the Statehouse and across the state consider joining our volunteer program! Our next training will be held on Wednesday, May 10th. Learn more here.
One Week Left of Aveda Earth Month!

Today, in Newburgh, IN, Rhythm Salon is hosting their Earth Day Celebration  with music, food, games, giveaways, spa treatments, animal adoptions and more!

On Sunday, April 30 at 3pm, join Bambu Salon at Broad Ripple Park for Water Warrior Yoga
 by donation or sign up for Wildflowers Earth Day Yoga at their Greenwood salon from 5:30 to 7:30 (call (317) 865-0187). On the same day, InTouch SalonSpa is hosting their 3rd Annual Running Water 5K at IPFW in Fort Wayne.

Be sure to get your Indiana Getaway Raffle tickets at various Earth Day events and participating Aveda salons. You could win overnight packages at The Alexander in Indy, Persimmon Inn in Bloomington, or The Story Inn in Nashville.

Bidding on the Aveda Earth Month Online Silent Auction ends on April 30 at 8pm. All proceeds go toward HEC's clean water programs, including the Mounds Greenway, statewide efforts to clean up coal ash, and protecting communities from factory farms. Please share the auction with your friends and family!

And, last but not least, if you have gently-used shoes to donate, take them to one of our Shoe Drive drop off locations:
  • Guys & Gals Quarters - 22 Saratoga Drive, Batesville (Mon & Fri 9a-6p, Tu, Wed, Th 9a-8p, Sat 8a-3p)
  • Sage, a salon - 2210 E. Southport Rd., Indianapolis (Tu, W 12-8, Th 11-7, F 10-6, Sat 10-4)
  • Sundance - 47 Elm Street, Zionsville (anytime, collection box in vestibule)
  • HEC - 3951 N. Meridian St., Ste. 100 (Mon-Fri 8a-5p, collection box in vestibule on lower level of NUVO building)
You may also share our Shoe Drive event on Facebook to help us meet our goals!
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