Community development corporation to celebrate 40 years of impact on  Southeast side

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Southeast Neighborhood Development – SEND, to most – will host a series of activations from Aug. 19 through Aug. 24 as part of its fourth annual week-long event, Six Days with SEND.

Just a few of the local residents who have helped make SEND projects successful.

Events during the celebration will either be free or low-cost, open to the public, and will include a variety of activities such as a day of service focused on beautifying some of SEND’s rental properties, a lunch and learn style forum on affordable housing, a guided tour of the Southeast side highlighting SEND’s impact, and more. Details are forthcoming and can be found at

Since 1983, the nonprofit organization dedicated to community development has leveraged millions in state and federal funding, driving positive change and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Southeast Indianapolis. 

Over the past four decades, SEND has been at the forefront of innovative and collaborative community programs and initiatives, focused on affordable housing, economic development, and community building. From building new homes for low-income buyers in the Norwood neighborhood to administering grants to local small businesses to aid in exterior renovations, SEND has collaborated with residents and local partners to help shape the future of the Southeast side. 

Staff and volunteers work on a home-improvement project

“Reaching our 40th anniversary is a significant milestone for SEND,” said Kelli Mirgeaux, executive director at SEND. “We are immensely proud of the impact we’ve been able to make in the lives of community members. As we look ahead to the next four decades, we remain committed to our mission and look forward to collaborating with community partners, local and state agencies, and our supporters to make Indy’s Southeast side a vibrant place to live, work and play.”

The weeklong series will culminate with SEND’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, Aug. 24, presented by Citizens Energy with support from Indiana Farm Bureau, Structure Midwest, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Centier and Old National Bank. The gala, which will be hosted at the Fountain Square Theatre, will include dinner, guest speakers and entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase and all funds raised during the event will go to support the organization’s work. Tickets can be purchased at