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Activate! Monroe County History Center : Sue Shelden


The Monroe County History Center works to provide deeper insights into Bloomington and Monroe County history through museum exhibits, a research library, museum store, and other special programming. Long time volunteer Sue Shelden talks about how the Center fulfills its mission of connecting current Monroe County residents with the people and events of the past that have shaped our current …

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Activate! Bloomington Boogies : Craig Brenner

Bloomington Boogies

The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano festival returns to Bloomington for its second run in August of 2016. Listen as festival founder and local musician, Craig Brenner, discusses why this uniquely American music form is worthy of preservation and celebration. Those interested in volunteering can learn more at bloomingtonboogies.com/home. LINKS Bloomington Boogies B-Town Jazz Hoosier Dixieland Band

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Activate! Cry of the Children : Dellsie Boddie

Dellsie Boddie is the Executive Director of Cry of the Children, an organization that partners with local organizations, schools, and community members to help kids develop positive relationships, and build the skills necessary to live a happy and fulfilling life. That’s this week on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

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Activate! Re-Imagining Opera for Kids : Kim Carballo

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Re-Imagining Opera for Kids (ROK) creates programming pairing IU music students with local schools. IU students get additional performance and administrative experience, and school children get exposure to the drama, beauty, and whimsy of opera. Win, win! Executive director and founder Kim Cabrallo discusses ROK’s mission further, and lets you know how you can get involved. LINKS Lotus Outreach Hoosier …

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Activate! Hannah Center – Kathryn Sandefur

Hannah Center

Kathryn Sandefur discusses her involvement with the Hannah Center, which provides counseling, educational classes, material goods, and in some cases even housing for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The Hannah Center provides a wide range of support for women and men dealing with tough family-planning decisions, and volunteers like Kathryn are an integral part of delivering these important services. LINKS …

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Activate! Hoosier Hills Food Bank : The Peske Family


The Peske Family shares their experiences volunteering as as family at Hoosier Hills Food Bank, which provides over three million pounds of food annually throughout eight Indiana counties. Listen as Amy, Alex, Chrissy and Tom discuss some of what they’ve gained as a family volunteering together, and about the heightened awareness they have about the food scarcity faced by so …

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Activate! – Mark Houlemarde


Mark Houlemarde is a PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Indiana University. He has experience working in areas of diversity education, judicial affairs, residence life, and gender-violence prevention. In this episode of Activate, Mark shares his experiences as an activist working to prevent sexual violence. Mark creates programming geared primarily for college students, particularly male …

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Activate! – Bloomington Animal Shelter: Tom Rea


– FROM THE ACTIVATE! ARCHIVE – 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. Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks, with …

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Activate! – Lotus Blossoms : Loraine Martin

Glimpse behind the scenes with Loraine Martin as she describes Lotus Blossoms program for children. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks with help from Christine Brackenhoff, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Activate! – Trashion Refashion: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen

From the Activate! Archives: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks with help from Christine Brackenhoff, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. Link to Original Story.

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