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Activate! – Don Jones: Wonderlab

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Retiree Don Jones talks about the amazing experience he has had as a 7 year volunteer with Wonderlab. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

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Wonderlab
Wonderlab Trainings
Shalom Hospitality
Autumn Hills Activities Volunteer

Activate! – Maqube Reese: Within Our Lifetime

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Maqube Reese introduces the new community campaign Within Our Lifetime, dedicated to ending racism. As the community organizer for WOL, Maqube explains how the start up is starting up and building a base of support – including volunteers for upcoming events in 2015! Also, Volunteer Connection offers opportunities to work for civil rights in our community.

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Within Our LIfetime
Within Our Lifetime Twitter Town Hall
MLK Day Opportunities
Library MLK Day Volunteering

Activate! – Tom Rea: Bloomington Animal Shelter

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Tom Rea, a volunteer Adoption Counselor and Animal Handler for the Bloomington Animal Shelter, on how he came to work with the shelter and the fulfillment he gets from his time there. Also, Volunteer Connection offers ways for you to volunteer to help animals in our community.

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Bloomington Animal Shelter
Help Local Wildlife
Pets Alive Kennel Support
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

Activate! – Amethyst House: Mike Gavin

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Mike Gavin, a long-time member of the Amethyst House Volunteer Board, talks about his recovery and the great work he supports in the Amethyst House.

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Amethyst House
Volunteer with Amethyst House
Join the Team Advocating for Domestic Violence Survivors РOSA & Crisis Line
Shalom Hospitality Volunteers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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