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Activate! – Don Jones: Wonderlab


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. LINKS Wonderlab Wonderlab Trainings Shalom Hospitality Autumn Hills Activities Volunteer

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Activate! – Maqube Reese: Within Our Lifetime


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. LINKS Within Our LIfetime …

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Activate! – Tom Rea: Bloomington Animal Shelter

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. LINKS Bloomington Animal Shelter Help Local Wildlife Pets Alive Kennel Support Uplands PEAK …

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Activate! – Amethyst House: Mike Gavin

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. LINKS: Amethyst House Volunteer with Amethyst House Join the Team Advocating for Domestic Violence Survivors – OSA & Crisis Line Shalom Hospitality Volunteers  

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Activate! – POAP – Protective Assistance Order Program

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 …

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Activate – Interfaith Shelter: Sara Frommer

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 …

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Activate! – Middle Way Rooftop Garden: Andrea Jobe


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, …

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Activate! – Bloomington Community Orchard: Stephen Hale


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

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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 …

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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 …

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