A critical part of the city’s development over the last quarter-century, the New Albany Community Foundation was founded in 1995 as a means of encouraging the continual growth of New Albany. The foundation has four strategic areas of impact: lifelong learning, arts and culture, health and wellness, and sustainable environment and historic preservation. The foundation has become ingrained in the advancement of New Albany, making formative efforts possible such as the Charleen and Charles Hinson Amphitheater, Jefferson Series, New Albany Safety Town, and the New Albany Well-Being Initiative.
Tracking the history of our city since 1975, the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society was founded to bring people together through understanding of our community’s history. The historical society’s efforts to collect and preserve artifacts, documents and oral accounts ensures that the history of New Albany – and its evolution from small farming community to thriving, upscale suburb – is not forgotten.
With more than 20 years of history, the New Albany Women’s Network has grown from 10 members to more than 350, and from a general mission of bringing women together to a larger mission of enriching the community through social, charitable and educational outreach. Today, the organization raises money for the New Albany Food Pantry as well as for scholarships, and puts on signature community events including An Evening in New Albany and a charitable fashion show.
Through a hands-on approach that includes stories, games, songs, videos and books, children learn important safety information while having fun as part of Safety Town. The two-week, eight-day summertime course allows participants to ride special Safety Town vehicles around miniature city streets, as well as take field trips to the New Albany Police Department and Plain Township Fire Department. Police officers, firefighters, state-certified teachers, teen volunteers, subject matter experts and community partners all come together to teach at Safety Town.
Officially formed in 2013, the Kiwanis Club of New Albany is dedicated to the principles of the international Kiwanis organization: improving the lives of children, one child at a time. The club helps out with a variety of area service projects, such as fundraising endeavors, leadership classes for kids and Arbor Day tree plantings.
Part of an international network of clubs dedicated to the betterment of their communities and the world at large, the Rotary Club of New Albany works toward causes aimed at improving the community through service and fellowship. Meeting the first and third Wednesday of each month at Wesley Woods at New Albany, the New Albany Rotary Club emphasizes charity and community service, and also organizes special events such as a wine and cheese social event to raise money to fight polio.