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Fall Festival at PALS

This is a family friendly event for all! The Fall Festival brings the Bloomington community together to spread awareness of PALS, other for-profits and non-profits, and local vendors. There will be a program demonstrations to show what PALS is all about.

 

NOTE: This event is not associated with the Monroe County Fall Festival that takes place in Ellettsville, IN. This is a separate event.

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Coffee with CASA

Join us for Coffee with CASA on September 26th from 8am to 10am at Switchyard Brewing Company (419 N. Walnut). Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides advocacy for children that are involved in abuse or neglect cases in the Monroe County court system. If you have ever considered becoming a CASA or Child Visit Monitor , please stop in! Join us for special Switchyard coffee and pastries to ask questions, talk to current CASA volunteers, and learn more about what it is like to advocate for a child. For more information call 812-333-CASA or visit www.monroecountycasa.org. 

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Bloomington Parks and Recreation Banneker Teen Institute

This Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Banneker Teen Institute is a drop-in program for students ages 12 through 17.

 

The afterschool sessions include homework help, choice activities, weekly field trips, and free time guided by Banneker Community Center staff. 

 

Volunteers are invited to engage with teens and serve as a meaningful role models, assisting with academic tutoring during the 3:30-5pm shift - and with leading clubs or recreation time during the 5-7pm shift.

 

Anyone interested is encouraged to commit to the same recurring days and times each week to provide consistency for the teen participants. 

 

All vounteers will recieve an orientation and a background check before beginning their first shift. 

 

Registration for all remaining shifts - now through December 20th - will close by Friday, November 16th - so don't delay - register today. 

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Safe at Home Blitz

Help seniors remain in their homes as a volunteer for the annual Safe At Home Blitz - sponsored by the Area 10 Agency on Aging on October 27th in Monroe and Owen County.

 

Both skilled and non-skilled volunteers are needed to make this event a success. 

 

Skilled volunteers will install grab bars, handrails, elevated toilet seats, gutters, and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Non-skilled individuals are needed for disassembling and hauling off home and yard debris, raking leaves, and cleaning gutters.

 

This half day event starts with a kick off breakfast in Monroe County at Bell Trace Health and Living Center and in Owen County at the Owen Valley Health Campus. 

 

After breakfast - Blitz volunteers will head out to their assigned locations to make safety and accessibility retrofits in the homes of seniors.

 

Skilled volunteers are requested to register by Sept. 21 to better match their skills with projects needed. 

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Salvation Army

Every day, The Salvation Army recieves hundreds of pounds of donated goods: clothing, furniture, electronics, art, jewelry and more. 

 

Your help is needed to help Salvation Army staff to recieve, sort, and hang these donated items and assist in making the store an attractive destination for customers. 

 

Every year, the Salvation Army saves thousands of pounds of materials from ending up in the landfill by selling what is good to the public at low prices. 

 

Those funds are used to support The Salvation Army's case management programs, empoyment programs, food pantry and financial assistance program - that support working families, the hungry, and the sick in our community. 

 

Put your sorting and merchandising skills to good use with the worthwhile opportunity to someone's trash into treasure in need in our community. 

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Run for the Animals & Barktoberfest

Join us on Sunday, October 7th to be part of the annual Run for the Animals & Barktoberfest event. The Run for the Animals will feature a timed 5k run/walk through Karst Farm Park. Barktoberfest includes vendors, food trucks, a children's area, contests, dog agility course, off-leash dog play area, and more! All proceeds directly benefit the programs and service MCHA.

 

For more information visit mcha@monroehumane.org

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American Flags 4 Vets

Fundraiser for the American Flags 4 Vets. Join us for a fun evening of LIVE MUSIC from WASTIN' TIME BAND and all you can eat PIZZA! Cruise-in Car Show! And a Corn Hole game...Tickets: $10/ per person ($10 covers all events).

 

All proceeds go to AF4V program.

 

Cruise-In: 5-7; All you can eat: 6-8; Music: 7-10.

Corn Hole will run during the other events.

Note: if only participating in the Car Show: $3 entry fee.

 

Contact Heather @ (812)320-8173 for any questions of pre-sale tickets.

 

Date and Time:

September 29th, 2018 5:00pm till 11:00pm

 

Event Location:

Bloomington American Legion Post 18

 

Address:

1800 W. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47403

 

Goal: To raise money for the items needed that we use for the flags being dedicated to the veterans.

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Covered Bridge Festival Activities at Montezuma

The Covered Bridge Festival will take place October 12, 2018 through October 21, 2018 and will feature many activities including canal tours, rope making, and a community wide yard sale. There will be plenty of free parking! 

Visit the Town of Montezuma website for more information @ http://www.montezuma.in.gov or Visit Facebook page "Montezuma Covered Bridge Festival Volunteer Commitee" or call 765-592-0829.

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The 11th Annual Buddy Walk

Down Syndrome Family Connection will present the 11th Annual Buddy Walk in Bloomington from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

Many volunteers will be needed to pull of this huge event. Set up shifts are available on Saturday, September 22nd and event volunteers on Sunday, September 23rd will staff tabless, help with registration, and clean up folllowing the walk. Volunteer and participant registration is open now and you can select your preferred shift online. This is a teen-friendly event and teens age 16 and older are welcome to volunteer!

To get involved, contact Lucy Schaich at 812-349-3433 or getconnected@bloomington.in.gov

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LifeDesigns

LifeDesigns is a nonprofit that partners with people of all ages and abilities to lead meaningful and active lives. Their LIFE Enrichment Community Opportunities Program is a 100% community-based education program, designed to be an alternative to traditional facility-based programs. Individuals interested in volunteering to share their skills or talents, such as cooking, dancing, or jewelry making, are invited to host their own class for LifeDesigns customers once a week for at least a semester. Individuals can also encourage meaningful participation by customers in classes that are already scheduled. Especially needed are volunteers from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA to play basketball or excercise with customers. An interview, orientation and training, and background check are required.

 

Discover what you're looking for at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org or call 812-349-3433.

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Uplands PEAK Sanctuary in Freedom

Uplands PEAK Sanctuary in Freedom who's mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farm animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability. There are many projects around the farm - and in the office - that can use volunteer help to complete. Including specialized projects like painting, building, and landscaping.

Volunteers are invited to participate in monthly workdays on the following Sundays: September 8th, October 13th, and November 10th.

For more information go to BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org

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The Do It Best Fall Market

The Do It Best Fall Market on Tuesday, October 16th at the Indianapollis Convention Center is a home show that donates the leftover items from booth displays an demonstrations to Habitat ReStores throughout Indiana. This allows our local Habitat ReStore an opportunity to obtain a large amount of new, donated merchandise to sell. All proceeds from merchandise sold at the ReStore goes directly to building homes in Monroe County.

 

To make this donation opportunity a reality - up to four volunteers are needed to carpool to Indy and help move the home show merchandise from the Convention Center floor to carts or pallets - so no heavy lifting will be required. This will be a full-day opportunity leaving Bloomington at 9:30 a.m. and returning around 7 p.m. The minimum age is 18 and volunteers able to drive carpool are welcome!

 

Discover what you're looking for at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org or call 812-349-3433.

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13th Annual Pet Photo and Calendar Contest

The 13th Annual Pet Photo and Calendar contest is underway! Enter your dog or cat's photo and help raise money for Pets Alive Spay and Neuter Clinic! Your pet could be featured in the 2019 Pets Alive calendar! For more information, go to petsaliveindiana.org.

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IU Campus Children's Center Volunteers

Do you enjoy spending time iwht young children? Are you age 55 or older? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, the children in a classroom at the IU Campus Children's center would love to have you volunteer to share your time with them.

The Campus Children's Center provides the Indiana University community with quality year-round early care and education from children ages 6 weeks through 5 years- serving families of IU student, staff, and faculty members.

Volunteers enjoy playing, reading and reading, and occasionally working on projects with the children.

Find out more information at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.com

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Mother Hubbard's Cupboard 20th Anniversary

Help celebrate Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's 20th Anniversary by hosting a HOUSE PARTY fundraiser with friends, neighbors, and family! 

 

Their goal is to raise $20,000 over the course of the year, helping work towards community food security for all!

 

You can find more information at mhcfoodpantry.org

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Middle Way House

Middle Way House is seeking fabric artists and sponsors for their 2018-2019 "Wrapped in Love" public art display of tree sweaters. The sweaters will be displayed for nearly six months, from October, 2018 through March 1st, 2019. For more information about volunteering to help create sweaters, act as an instructor, or sponsor a tree, contract Erin Holinden at Events at middlewayhouse.org or call 812-333-7404.

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WonderLab Museum

Wonders of Nature

Every Saturday 2PM-2:45 PM

Program Description: Have you ever wondered why dirt comes in different colors? What about why the sky is blue? If so, come and explore high and low at WonderLab’s newest program: Wonders of Nature! Based in the WonderGarden, we will learn how how everything in nature is connected. We will fly like the red-tail hawk, tunnel through dirt like the earthworms, and our knowledge of the outdoors will grow like the seeds we plant! Learning will take place in the form of hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts. Held in the WonderGarden (Rain or shine! Tent will be set up if raining. Cancellation dependent upon storms) Ticketed but FREE with museum admission.

 

STEM Sunday

Every Sunday 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Program Description: STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process. Emphasis is on this process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home”, but may include a take-home element. A simple goal/design challenge is introduced to guide the process and encourage engagement. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed and children as young as kindergarten can participate. Projects use simple, inexpensive materials, emphasizing that families can easily re-create the project at home.

 

Deep Diver Wednesdays

5 PM-5:30 PM

Program Description:Join marine biologist Sam Couch to dive deeper into the science of our new coral reef. These 30 minute talks will feature hands-on elements, tours of our coral reef aquarium, insight from an expert, and time for questions. Each phase of the reef will have a different talk topic. Themes vary by month. Free with museum admission.

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Greene County-Bloomfield Library Events

September Events 2018

 

Library Card Sign-Up Month

            The month of September    

This year, each Evergreen library in Greene County will be having a drawing for a $25 gift card from a local merchant. All you have to do to enter is sign up for a library card! Sign up for a new library card: 3 entries, Update an existing card: 2 entries, Pay fines on your account: 1 entry (per $1). Participating Libraries: Bloomfield, Eastern, Linton, and Worthington. 

 

Teen Movie Night

            Monday September 17, 5pm- 7:30pm      

Spend an evening watching a movie! Snacks and soda will be provided. Call the Bloomfield Public Library to find out the movie that will be shown. Grades 7-12. 

 

Greene County Literacy Coalition Annual Meeting

            Tuesday September 25, 6pm-8pm  

Please join us to celebrate our literacy volunteers, tutors and learners in the library annex. Free food and fun for all. If you want to know what our non-profit organization is all about, please come to our annual meeting. Please RSVP to Beth Burcham at 812.384.4125 x 4 or email: literacy@bloomfield.lib.in.us.

 

A Gathering of Gamers

            Tuesday September 27, 3pm-5pm     

Spend an afternoon in the community room playing your favorite games including board games, card games, and Wii games. Snacks and soda will be provided. Grades 7-12.

 

 

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Area 10

Area 10 Agency on Aging is seeking individuals age 18 and above to support the Monroe and Owen County Adult Guardianship Program as volunteer advocates. 

Training is provided and a commitment of 6-10 hours per month is required. Apply now to join the next orientation and training group. Contact Area 10 Agency on Aging. 

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Seekers of Serenity Nar-Anon Family Group

Affected by a Loved One’s Addiction? 
 
Seekers of Serenity, the local Nar-Anon Family Group offers hope for relatives and friends of addicts, with their twelve-step program. Seekers of Serenity meets each Tuesday evening at 7:30pm at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, upstairs in Room 224.
 
For more information, call 812-339-8826

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Unionville Hot Shots 4-H Club

The Unionville Hot Shots 4-H club is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor a kid in 4-H. They’re needing donations of 25 dollars and up. Any amount will get your name on the back of their club shirt. All donations are tax deductible.

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2018 Indiana Tour de Cure Event

Welcome to 2018 Indiana Tour de Cure!

 

Many Roads. One Purpose.

Saturday October 20th, 2018 from 6am- 4pm

 

 

The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens.

All riders, runners and walkers will be treated to lunch and a fantastic celebration party for all to enjoy.

The Tour de Cure is bigger and better than ever with options for everyone. This is the only cycling event that takes place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/indytour, contact Claire Riley at indianatour@diabetes.org, or call (317) 352-9226 x6744

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Bloomington Volunteer Network

 

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or want to donate to Bloomington's Community Wish List, check out bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org

 

You can also check out their calendar for a variety of events put on by non-profit organizations!

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Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

 

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community. To get involved by donating or volunteering, go to mhcfoodpantry.org

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Alzheimer's Association

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OFFERS CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter hosts support groups across the state for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Support groups are free and designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. 

 

Bloomington Spouse Support Group

IU Health Hospital, Community Health Building

333 Miller Drive

First and third Wednesday of the month at 3:30pm

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