On Saturday July 24th at City Church on the eastside of town from 10am – 4pm, we are setting out to break and set a new single day record for blood donors in the state of Indiana. Our goal is to get 150 donors on that day, which would break the record. This drive is in honor of Ian Slabough a young man that has been battling Leukemia since 2015. We are calling this a City Wide Day of Giving because we are not only trying to collect blood which is greatly needed right now, we are going to have other ways people can give if they cannot give blood. Healing Hands, the outreach part of City Church will be on site to collect things around your home. They really need men’s clothing, kitchenware and home goods. Children’s toys, backpacks, clothing and bikes too. We have worked with Hoosier Hills Food Bank to have a collection bin on site. We will have a Car Wash going on by the some of sports teams at Edgewood in order to collect donations that will go towards their program and then we will take a portion of those funds and donated to the Olcott Center on behalf of those sports teams and City Church. We will have a coffee cart on hand that morning called Sober Joe’s Coffee that will have coffee available to everyone that stops by. Then around lunch we will have a food truck called Pili’s Party Taco Truck. This truck has generously offered to feed the staff of the Red Cross that day in order to keep them full of energy so that we can set this record!! The truck also be on hand to serve the everyone as they stop by to donate!!
So as you can see we are really trying to make a difference and reach as many people in our community as we can. We want to obviously break the record but put Bloomington/Ellettsville on the map as a community that cares!! I can’t thank you enough for your help in spreading the word. We need to get all spots full, but also encourage others to stop by and support all these amazing ways to help others!!
To register...people just need to go to www.redcross.org and search for blood drives in 47408 area. Find City Church from there.
Harmony School invites the community to our 40th Annual Harmony School Golf Outing on Saturday, August 21st 2021 at Cascades Golf Course located at 3550 N Kinser Pike, Bloomington IN 47404. Continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM, followed by the shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Team fees are $600 per foursome which covers green fees, carts, breakfast, refreshments, lunch and one entry per player to win over $5,000 in prizes AND a chance to win a Hole In One Prize. For more information please contact email@example.com or call 812-325-5102 or visit www.harmonyschool.org/golf.
This event is perfect for business teams, families, and people of all ages! The Golf Outing is in honor of Miles Kanne and Gene Flander. Miles Kanne was Vice President of Cook Medical from 1964 to 1992 and served on the Harmony School Advisory Board for 30 years. Gene Flander was president of the Harmony School Advisory Board until his passing in September, 1987. All proceeds from the event support the Miles Kanne Scholarship Fund for Harmony students which distributed $20,000 in scholarships to students in 2019 and since 1980 has provided over $645,000 in scholarships.
Mark your calendars for the second annual Jared's Memorial Ride, scheduled for Saturday, September 11th beginning at 10 am. This event will raise money for the Indiana Donor Network and raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. Jared Hayes passed away almost 2 years ago at the age of twenty. He was a full organ and tissue donor, and he immediately saved 2 lives and has since saved countless others. For more information check out the Facebook page at JaredsMemorialRide or call 812- 278-1102.
Charlie Bird, a green-winged macaw, is a local legend in Bloomington, known for riding on the back of a bicycle and dancing to live music at the farmers’ market.
In 2018, Charlie had a health crisis. He nearly died from an avian virus that affects his central nervous system. With treatment from an avian veterinary specialist, including antibiotic and antiviral injections (some directly to his brain), he survived is expected to live a normal lifespan - 80 years or more! However, Charlie requires daily medication and regular visits to the specialist to keep him healthy. He'll need medical care for his condition for the rest of his long life, with total costs estimated at over $25,000.
To support Charlie’s medical needs, his fans are creating Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington, a children's picture book that follows Charlie as he enjoys his favorite activities in Bloomington, from bike riding to paddle-boarding, visiting the farmer’s market, and even sledding.
The book will be crowdfunded on Kickstarter, launching in early April. Fans can "back" the project and be among the first to receive a copy of Charlie’s book. One book is $15, a digital download is just $5, and a limited number of top-tier backers can receive a real Charlie Bird feather! Books are expected to ship out to Kickstarter backers in July and will be available for sale online and at select locations in Bloomington thereafter.
For more information, go to www.charliebirdbtown.com
Do you want to make history by getting the COVID-19 vaccine out to your community? Good news! You can, by joining the Monroe County Medical Reserve Corps!
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available and we enter phases to vaccinate large portions of the public, the Monroe County Health Department will need your help.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national program organized locally to coordinate volunteers in the event of a public health emergency or disaster. Anyone is free to join, medical AND non-medical, as long as they are 18 or older and do not have a criminal history.
Volunteer roles can vary depending on your background. Your time and involvement are always completely voluntary.
Clinics are being planned pending Phase 1B rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Details are not yet known at this time but expect to be vaccinating critical infrastructure personnel as early as January.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration instructions and more information.
The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, like dozens of other art fair event planners, opted not to hold the monthly A Fair of the Arts art and fine craft fair last summer due to concerns and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
To give customers opportunities to support local small businesses and the arts, the Department created a website that features links to the websites of more than 50 area artisans and studios. Shoppers who would ordinarily visit the in-person A Fair of the Arts can shop and buy directly from their favorite artist or fine craftsperson safely from a physically distanced, internet-enabled device like a smartphone or tablet.
The website, afairoftheartsbtown.weebly.com, is a stunning collection of gallery images and lists of artists and studios divided by their type of work. Shoppers may browse through categories including clay, glass, jewelry, woodwork and metalwork, personal care, fiber arts, drawing/painting/photography, natural materials, and recycled arts.
"Artists have had few opportunities to sell their work over the past six months, and patrons of local artists and the arts have had few opportunities to see what artists have created, and to buy locally made, unique items. As we move toward the holidays and gift-giving seasons, we hope this website will help connect shoppers to the local art community," said Crystal Ritter, program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department's A Fair of the Arts.
The website will remain live through Nov. 27.
Local artisans, as well as local farm vendors and food and beverage artisans, will have an in-person opportunity to demonstrate and sell their products at the annual Holiday Market, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St. The Holiday Market takes place entirely outside at Showers Common. For more information about the Holiday Market, visit bloomington.in.gov/holidaymarket.
Pantry 279 is in need of medium to large size boxes, as they go through 100 - 120 per day to package and deliver food to their food pantry clients.
If you have boxes, please take them to the Pantry 279 at 501 E Temperance Street in Ellettsville on Saturdays. Boxes can be accepted between 10 a.m-2 p.m. Earlier the better so we can pack them for the drive-through pickups.
There is a concentrated effort to bring much-needed groceries and supplies to Boys & Girls Club member families living in the Crestmont Community. Nearly 60 families have already benefited from this initiative, and the efforts have now even expanded to serve Lincoln Street Club families in need!
Drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Crestmont Club (1111 W. 12th Street).
Deliveries will be made to families in-need every Friday.
If you would like to help, the online list of needs and a signup sheet are available at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org
The 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 time, choice activities, weekly field trips, and free time guided by Banneker Community Center Staff. Volunteers are invited to engage with teens and serve as meaningful role models, assisting with academic tutoring and with leading clubs or recreation time.
Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more information at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org
Bloomington Volunteer Network
Looking to volunteer in our community? Various organizations have a variety of ongoing needs. To check out opportunities, go to bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org
You can also check out their calendar for a variety of events put on by non-profit organizations!
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
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