Spring House Calls
Spring House Calls (SHC) is the largest and oldest service-learning project of the Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Medical Service-Learning. Now in its 17th year, SHC is a service project dedicated to providing home and lawn maintenance for elderly and disabled, minority homeowners in 2 inner-city neighborhoods to the east and west of the IU campus. On the day of SHC, medical students plant flowers, cut grass, remove weeds, wash windows, and perform maintenance on the homes. SHC is coordinated, managed, and operated by medical students with guidance and support from the Office of Medical Service-Learning (OMSL).
Who: medical students, friends, families, et cetera
What: good ole elbow grease (planting flowers, cutting grass, pulling weeds, washing windows, and laying mulch)
When: April 5th!
Where: Near West Side/Haughville, Near East Side/IUSOC (see maps below)
Typical schedule on the day of the event:
8:30 AM - Check in at the Christamore House
9:00-12:30 PM - Yard maintenance and landscaping at assigned home
12:30-1:30 PM - Post-event lunch at the Christamore House (for volunteers & homeowners)
How can I get involved?
Team Leader - approximate time commitment 6 hours
Your job is to lead a team of volunteers. A pre-event house visit is encouraged, but this should be brief; if a visit is not possible, a confirmation phone call will suffice. Also, a meeting or two will take place before the actual day of service to confirm volunteers and home visits, as well as provide demographic information on the neighbors we will be serving and working with. There may or may not be a wrap-up meeting. All told, this will amount to approximately 2 hours of time outside of the 4 hour SHC event. Leaders are welcome to recruit from outside the medical school to fill their teams with family, friend, etc.
Day-of Volunteer - approximate time commitment: 4 hours
Your job is simple. You show up the day of the event to the Christamore House, learn which team you've been assigned to, meet with your team, load up your supplies, then head to your house.
Keep scrolling to sign up! Form at the bottom of this webpage…
Where do I show up on the day of the event?
At the Christamore House (502 N Tremont St.), found by taking Michigan St. west from the medical center, over the White River, past the intersection with Belmont. You'll see it on the right at the intersection of Tremont and Michigan. ("A" on the below map.)
Feel free to contact any of the co-chairs or IUSMSpringHouseCalls@gmail.com with questions.
Mark Hood, MS3
Alice Cui Elroy, MS4
Meredith Faller, MS2
We would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their help in making SHC in past years a success....
- Judge's BBQ
Your Company's Logo Could Be Here. Donations of time, talent, and money are instrumental in the success of Spring House Calls. In the past, area businesses have donated money, landscaping supplies, food, and t-shirts for volunteers and neighborhood residents.
- Financial contributions in support of SHC can be made to Indiana University a 501(c)(3).
- Gardening, cleaning, and miscellaneous supplies required to do the home and yard maintenance can be donated.