The Muncie Indiana Transit System: A Summer of Community Connection and Engagement

As the summer season draws to a close, the Muncie Indiana Transit System reflects on a bustling few months filled with meaningful partnerships, exciting events, and a heartfelt commitment to the community. This summer has been nothing short of extraordinary, and MITS was at the heart of it all, connecting with the people of Muncie in unique and impactful ways.


Showing Rider Appreciation with a Refreshing Twist
MITS summer wasn’t just about events and sponsorships – it was about giving back to the riders who make it all possible. To show our gratitude, MITS distributed water, MITS merchandise, and popsicles at the transfer station on June 29th. This gesture of appreciation went a long way in reinforcing the strong bond between MITS and the community it serves.

Did you see us out at the Del Co Fair?
MITS proudly took part as one of the sponsors of the Del Co Fair, an event that has been a cornerstone of summer excitement for years. The fair brought together families, friends, and neighbors to take part in a week of fun! As proud sponsors, MITS added an extra layer of convenience and accessibility for fairgoers, ensuring everyone had a smooth and enjoyable experience.


Celebrating Unity and Community at Carl Kizer Summerfest
The Soup Kitchen of Muncie’s annual Carl Kizer Summerfest, held on Friday, July 21st, was a shining example of how a collective effort can bring joy to underserved members of our community and MITS was proud to have been in attendance. Over 200 people were served a variety of food including pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, watermelon, and cookies. Kids were able to join in the fun with a coloring contest, face painting, and live music. The Summerfest’s spirit of unity and empowerment resonated with MITS’ mission, embodying the shared values of service and transformation. 

Bringing the Magic of Finding Nemo JR. to Life
One of the highlights of the summer was MITS’ sponsorship of Finding Nemo JR. production by Muncie’s Civic Theatre at Emens Auditorium. Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. brought the beloved 2003 Pixar movie to the stage in a 60-minute musical adaptation that captured hearts and imagination. MITS’ involvement was more than just sponsorship – it was a commitment to fostering arts and culture in the community and inspiring the next generation of artists and performers. 


Igniting Downtown Muncie with Fire Up DWNTWN
Fire Up DWNTWN, organized by Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, set the stage for an unforgettable summer night. On August 5th, the event took center stage for the second time ever, drawing the community together in an explosion of fun, entertainment, and unity. The event included a variety of family activities and attractions from hot air balloons, musical entertainment, and local artisans to food vendors, rib-eating/hot pepper eating contests, and offers from downtown retailers/restaurants/bars, the day was packed with fun for all. MITS played a vital role in making the event accessible and enjoyable, aligning with the partnership’s mission to celebrate togetherness and community pride. 


The International Student Resource Fair: Connecting Globally, Impacting Locally
MITS continued its commitment to community engagement by participating in the International Student Resource Fair at Ball State University’s Pruis Hall on August 17th. This was an amazing opportunity for international students to network, learn about key resources and policies, and connect with local organizations, like MITS. Not only did the event provide a platform to welcome international students, but it fostered a sense of belonging and ensured that MITS remains a vital part of the Muncie experience for everyone, including those coming from around the world. 

On the Road for the First Day of School
As summer came to a close, MITS was right there, ensuring a smooth transition back to school for Muncie City Schools. The sight of MITS buses on the first day of school was a reassuring presence, underlining the commitment to safe and convenient transportation for students and families alike.

In a season filled with community connection, engagement, and service, MITS showcased its unwavering dedication to Muncie and its residents. The summer may be coming to an end, but the spirit of partnership and community-driven initiatives that MITS embodies will continue to flourish throughout the year. Keep posted to see where MITS will be for the remainder of the year!