Jan Bowen has been an instrumental part of the Marion community just in her short time of living here. After retiring from a 35-year career with the Novelis aluminum plant in Terre Haute, she made the move to Marion in 2015 to be close to family.
Shortly after getting settled, Bowen continued her involvement with Kids Hope, a national organization dedicated to helping youth by pairing churches with schools. College Wesleyan Church pairs with Frances Slocum Elementary School and mentors students while assisting them with studies. She has been volunteering for Kid’s Hope for about ten years now.
Bowen is active in her neighborhood and serves as president of the Garfield Neighborhood Association. She said she felt the need to get involved shortly after a shooting incident in 2016. She has since led and helped lead efforts to make her neighborhood safer, cleaner, and more friendly. She even took her commitment with neighborhoods to the next level by joining groups dedicated to improving property maintenance citywide, and enforcing accountability among property owners. One is developing the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, and the other is focused on the Vacant & Abandoned Building Ordinance, both of which are nearing approval.
One big project within the Garfield Neighborhood Association was the revitalization of Barnes Park. Bowen assisted with planning the placement of the playground equipment from the old go-kart track to coordinating volunteers for projects to help revitalize the park. She has extended her work in the park by improving the berm, pulling weeds, and planting flowers.
She is also working to increase public knowledge in all neighborhoods of the large item trash pick-up services offered by Marion Utilities.