Carmel in brief — April 7, 2020


City to test frontline employees – Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced that all the City of Carmel first responders and city employees working with the public are being tested this week and will continue to be tested weekly for COVID-19. Shifts of city workers are getting the test through drive-up access at Aria Diagnostics. Brainard said if people with COVID-19 can be quickly identified, it will help prevent the spread of the disease and keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Some people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic but can still spread the virus to others.

Poll workers needed – Many of the volunteers who work the polls on Election Day are unable to do so this year because they fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19. Hamilton County is looking for volunteers – especially teenagers and school teachers who will be out of school by the June 2 election – to help. The county needs at least 100 workers. Learn more at

Free laundry services – Tide Cleaners and Tide Loads of Hope are offering free laundry services to front line responders and their immediate families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the program and find local participating stores at

Golf courses reopen – After consulting with medical experts and receiving assurances of compliance with the new guidelines from all golf courses in Carmel, Mayor Jim Brainard announced that they may reopen. To reopen, courses must agree to close shops, clubhouses and restrooms; not place rakes in bunkers; not provide riding or push carts; not use tee markers; and not provide water coolers, among other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Homework help – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is extending hours for the AskRose math and science tutoring helpline this spring to help middle and high school students better understand math and science homework problems. Free homework help is available from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays through a phone call, email or chat session. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or The site also offers more than 500 resources available through videos and downloadable reference materials.

Humane Society closed – In response to the increasing concern with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humane Society for Hamilton County has closed to the public and has ceased adoptions. The HSHC will continue accepting any of the county’s lost, stray or unwanted animals. To surrender an animal, bring in a stray or look for a lost pet, call 317-773-4974. HSHC hours will be 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The HSHC is asking for monetary donations or donations from its wish list available at

Orr Fellowship winner – Elizabeth Johns of Carmel is among five DePauw University seniors to receive an Orr Fellowship, which will place them in jobs in Indianapolis for two years after graduation. Johns will work for Greenlight Guru, which designs software for medical device companies. She is majoring in English writing with a minor in political science.

Art competition – The office of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks is seeking submissions from high school students in the 5th District for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. The winner and one guest will receive complimentary airfare to Washington D.C. for recognition. Submissions are due by April 17. For competition details, visit

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349.

Construction scholarship –Old Town Design Group of Carmel has established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton or Boone County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. For the 2020-2021 school year, the Orchard Project will award two $2,500 scholarships. Hamilton and Boone county high school seniors or undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a construction related program at an accredited college, university or technical school may apply. For more information or to request an application call 317-816-3151 or email

Busey Bank offers financial relief – To help alleviate some of the financial hardships customers may face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or resulting economic impacts the outbreak has caused, Busey Bank has launched a financial relief program for its customers. For consumers and retail customers, for the next six months Busey is offering waivers of pre-authorized transfer fees to prevent overdrafts. For personal loan and mortgage customers, Busey is offering multiple payment deferral options for qualifying customers with loans. For more, visit

Stratford now hiring – Carmel retirement community The Stratford is looking to hire qualified workers amidst current unemployment trends. To support those who are looking for new careers, the community has set up a dedicated hotline to speak directly to the community’s HR director as a quick way of connecting. Additionally, the team has implemented Daily Pay, a way to cash out the hours that have been worked that day. The Stratford offers benefits including medical, dental, vision insurance, wellness program, flexible PTO options, emergency loan options and more. For more, call 317-342-9009 or apply online at

Virtual job fair – INDOT will host a virtual job fair from 10 to 11 a.m. April 16 for more than 1,000 construction and related positions. The program will cover what INDOT does, benefits in working for INDOT, how to apply for jobs and details about specific jobs available in four main areas: summer seasonal state workers, highway maintenance techs, equipment mechanics and construction engineers. To register for the job fair, visit

Goodwill emergency fund – The Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana has created a COVID-19 emergency fund to provide critical support for the most immediate needs of the thousands of employees, students and families served by Goodwill. Donors can contribute to the fund at The Goodwill Foundation will match donations to the emergency fund, $2 for every $1 donated, up to $500,000 in matching funds. For more information and to donate, visit

MetroNet announces relief plan – MetroNet Fiber recently announced a COVID-19 relief plan to help customers during a time when they need reliable internet more than ever. As demands for faster connections and more bandwidth have increased, MetroNet is allowing residential customers to increase to the next level of speed at no cost. The company is also waiving installation fees for new residential customers. Business customers will receive free remote phone system capabilities for 60 days to enable companies to continue running seamlessly while teams transition to working from home. In an effort to support local restaurants, MetroNet is sponsoring daily lunch carry-out for associates Learn more at

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

Hearing loss group – The Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at


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