Our favorite thing to build is community.

Browning is constantly involved in development and construction around the region, but beyond our projects we are committed to supporting and strengthening the communities where we live and work. 

Each year our employees come together to amplify the meaningful community impact of a nonprofit partner, improving lives and building community.

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana Project Day

For 2019 we chose Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana for our day of service.  We are passionate about Goodwill’s mission of working towards an Indianapolis (and beyond) where everyone is empowered to increase their independence and reach their potential.

For the month of October we (along with our friends at the Indiana Bio Research Institute) held a Goodwill donation drive where every 14-lb bag of clothing and shoes generated a $5 Goodwill voucher for donation.  Our employees donated 108 bags and as a result we were able to present 27 $20 gift vouchers to Flanner House, a community center on the northwest area with a similar mission of empowering individuals, children and families towards stabilization, and self-sufficiency.

On October 30th our team volunteered at an outlet store learning about Goodwill’s mission, helping to sort donations, and replenish the sales floor.  At the outlet we learned about the flow of donations: sorting, distribution to stores, and how unsold goods are repurposed or recycled, minimizing what reaches our landfills.

We also learned that although their retail operation is an important and large part of who they are and what they do, Goodwill is much more than the retail stores.  The stores fuel their work in central and southern Indiana, generating revenue for critical services while providing job opportunities for thousands of Hoosiers, many of whom face limited job options.  Employment, education, and health are at the core of the Goodwill mission and how they help build up our neighbors. 

Education:
Goodwill runs tuition-free charter schools (Indianapolis Met for students in grades 9-12 who are experiencing significant barriers and the Excel Center for adults who have barriers to education and require additional resources) helping them obtain a high school diploma and prepare for post-secondary education and/or a career that offers a living wage post-graduation. Nearly 4,000 students are currently enrolled across 15+ locations.

Employment:
In addition to hiring for Goodwill positions (especially for job-seekers with employment barriers like a disability, criminal history or limited education) Goodwill provides job readiness training and outplacement for individuals with barriers.  More than 1,000 people have been placed into new jobs this year alone.

Health:
Goodwill helps connect families to resources for transportation, housing, childcare, financial literacy and more.  From the Nurse-Family Partnership® pairing first-time mothers with a registered nurse to a child development center and preschool for children ages six weeks to five years, Goodwill wants to see all children develop to their full potential. More than 1,100 families are currently being served.

For more information about what Goodwill does, visit Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.

Holiday Commitment

To celebrate the 2019 holiday season, Browning has made a donation in honor of our community partners to Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana. With this gift, Goodwill can achieve outcomes like supporting 150 people with a Goodwill Guide — career and life coaches who help employees, students and other participants in Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana’s programs increase their employability and overcome other barriers.

By combining health, employment and education services, Goodwill empowers people facing barriers in our community to reach their full potential every day.

 

Our employees are passionate about giving back with a variety of civic, community and charitable organizations:

American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Institute of Architects
ARC of Indiana Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Big Brothers of Central Indiana
Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
BOMA Indy
Boone Economic Development Corporation
Broad Ripple Village Association
Camptown
Carmel Chamber of Commerce
Cathedral High School
Catholic Youth Organization
CCIM Institute
Cherish Child Advocacy Center
Commercial Real Estate Alliance
Community Foundation of Morgan County Student Mentor Program
Crossroads of America
Fishers Youth Assistance Program
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Goodwill Foundation of Central and Southern Indiana
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
Greater Plainfield Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity
Hamilton County Leadership Academy
Hancock County Economic Development Corporation
Hear Indiana
Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership
Holy Family Shelter
ICRE
Indiana Architectural Foundation
Indiana Canine Assistant Network Indiana
Indiana Economic Development Association
Indiana Golf Foundation
Indiana Recycling Coalition
Indiana Sports Corporation
Indianapolis Contemporary
Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
Indianapolis Economic Development Commission
Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
Indianapolis Parks Foundation
Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416
Indianapolis Zoo
Indy Chamber
Indy CREW
Indy Parks Foundation
Indy Partnership
Institute of Real Estate Management
Jameson Camp
John H. Boner Community Center
Junior Achievement
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
LISC Indianapolis
Lupus Foundation of Indiana
Meals on Wheels
MIBOR Realtor Association
Midtown Indianapolis
Mooresville Chamber of Commerce
Morgan County Coalition for Literacy
NAIOP of Indiana
National Association of Realtors
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Near North Development Corporation
NuMali
Orchard School
Penrod Society
People for Urban Progress
Plainfield chamber of Commerce
ReadUp
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
Southport Presbyterian
Special Olympics Indiana
Special Olympics
St. Richard’s School
Teacher’s Treasures
The Catherine Peachey Fund
The Patachou Foundation
United Way of Central Indiana
Urban Land Institute
Wheeler Mission