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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 …

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

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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 …

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Activate! – First Book and Childhood Literacy: Akola Krishnan


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 …

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Activate! – Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

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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Activate! – Katie Haddad: Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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Katie Haddad, Volunteer Coordinator of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and former volunteer with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, on her experiences and the need for more summer volunteers to Fill the Gap at HHFB, including a unique 4th of July opportunity. To volunteer, go to

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Activate! – Middle Way House: Meagan Barnhart


Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to to volunteer.

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Activate! – Community Kitchen of Monroe County Inc.: Pat Medland

Pat Medland, a 13 year volunteer with Community Kitchen of Monroe County, talks about the his experience with the Kitchen and the big need for volunteers over the summer. To volunteer, go to

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Activate! – Habitat for Humanity: Meagan Niese & Wendy Goodlit

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Meagan Niese and Wendy Goodlit from Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County talk about the Habitat volunteer experience and how you can become a part of the effort. To sign up, go to

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Activate! – City of Bloomington Animal Shelter: Jenny Gibson & AJ Ginther

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Jenny Gibson and AJ Ginther from the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter on their experiences working with adoptable pets and the need for more volunteers at and donations to the Shelter to Fill the Gap this summer, on Activate! our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

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Activate! – Sandy Myers & Don Westerhouse: Habitat for Humanity ReStore


Sandy Myers, volunteer coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Don Westerhouse, a ReStore volunteer, discuss the ReStore’s mission and put out the call for the community to Fill the Gap by volunteering with them this summer. Join the ReStore team at

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