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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.