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Activate! – POAP – Protective Assistance Order Program

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This week, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Activate! is featuring POAP, a partnership between the office of the Monroe County Clerk, the office of the Monroe County Prosecutor, Middle Way House, the IU School of Social Work and the IU Maurer School of Law’s Protective Order Project (POP). Using a co-located services model, POAP provides free assistance to individuals seeking protection from intimate partner, domestic, and family violence, sexual assault, and stalking. POAP intern and Middle Way House volunteer, Stephanie Waller, talks about the importance of the program and of volunteering by IU students. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Protective Order Assistance Partnership
Protective Order Assistant
CASA Volunteer Trainings

Activate – Interfaith Shelter: Sara Frommer

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Sara Frommer, a volunteer and volunteer coordinator for the Interfaith Winter Shelter, talks about the important work the Shelter does, saving lives by offering a warm, safe bed to our homeless citizens in freezing and below freezing whether. Also, we list the training dates for the Shelter, happening throughout October and into November. The Interfaith Winter Shelter opens November 1st and offers shelter at different congregations 7 nights a week.

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Interfaith Shelter

Bloomington Interfaith Winter Shelter from Eye Mime on Vimeo.

Activate! – Middle Way Rooftop Garden: Andrea Jobe

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Andrea Jobe, an original member of the volunteer team behind the Middle Way House Rooftop Garden and the Volunteer Coordinator for the project, talks about the importance of the project to shelter residents, their children and those who volunteer – what they learn, how their lives are made better and how gardening is bringing them to a brighter future. Also, more local volunteer opportunities geared toward helping those living with food insecurity from the Bloomington Volunteer Network in honor of September as Hunger Awareness Month.

Links:
Middle Way House
Rooftop Garden Volunteers
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Orientations
Community Kitchen

Activate! – Bloomington Community Orchard: Stephen Hale

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Stephen Hale talks about his work with the Bloomington Community Orchard and the connections it creates to people, community and the earth. Also, more local growing volunteer opportunities from the Bloomington Volunteer Network.

Links:

Bloomington Community Orchard
Bloomington Community Orchard Work & Learn Days
Cider Fest
Farmers’ Market Outreach

Activate! – Brown Co Humane/Pets Alive: Ingrid Skoog

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Ingrid Skoog, animal lover and long time volunteer with both Brown County Humane and Pets Alive!, talks about the importance of plugging into the community through your passion and the wonder of seeing your service bring results. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Brown County Humane
Pets Alive Kennel Care
Brown County Humane Society Cat Care at Petco
Run for the Animals 2014

Activate! – Teacher’s Warehouse: Jim Griffin & Janet Schell

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Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Teacher’s Warehouse
Bloomington Writing Project
New Leaf New Life Computer Tutors
Teachers Warehouse Volunteers

Activate! – Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Long time volunteers Carl Darnell and Erikka Vaughn talk about the rewards of mentoring students and building a learning community at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, here in Bloomington on the corner of 7th and Rogers. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work as a tutor or mentor with Monroe County students from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Girls Inc Afterschool Volunteers
Youth Programs and Tutoring at the Rise
BBBS School Bigs

Activate! – PACE at Bloomington High School South: Ronald Arruejo

Ronald Arruejo, a Be More Volunteer Award nominee for his work with the PACE (Panthers Achieving Credits and Enrichment) program at Bloomington High School South, talks about the rewards of working with high school students and seeing them figure out that with hard work they can learn anything and everything they need. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work with children and in education from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Bloomington High School South
CASA Volunteers
Adult Basic Education & ESL Tutors
Vital Math Tutors

Activate! – First Book and Childhood Literacy: Akola Krishnan

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Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
First Book
First Book Advisory Board
Banneker at the View After School Program
VITAL Volunteers

 

 

Activate! – Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

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Crystal Ritter talks about her decade of experience as a volunteer with Lotus and the amazing sense of community that her commitment has brought to her life. Also, volunteer opportunities for Lotus and other organization around town.

Links:
Lotus Education & Arts Foundation
Lotus Festival Volunteering
Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

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