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Activate! – VITAL

Sara Frommer talks about her 16 years as a volunteer for Volunteers Tutoring Adult Learners or VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library. VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library

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Activate! – Habitat for Humanity – IU Chapter

2011 Kelley Habitat for Humanity Whirlpool Build KSB201109Ann

Kristina Zerfas, president of the IU Bloomington chapter of Habitat for Humanity, talks about the impact that Habitat for Humanity has had on her life in the past 6 years as she moved to high school volunteer to a leadership position at IU. Also, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network offers three ways that you can get involved as a volunteer …

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Activate! – Monroe County Civic Theater: Phillip Addison


Phillip Addison, director of this year’s Monroe County Civic Theater’s Shakepeare in the Park, talks about community theater, his experience and his choice of Cymbeline for this year’s offering. Also, more ways to volunteer in the theater from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS Monroe County Civic Theatre Civic Theater Cardinal Stage Team BPP’s Arts Fair on the Sqaure …

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Activate! – New Hope Family Shelter: Elaine Guin & Rachel Guiglielmo

New Hope Family Shelter executive director and volunteer Rachel Guiglielmo talk about the experience of working with family homelessness and the growing awareness in our community to the many different faces of homeless families. Elaine also talks about the shelter’s volunteer needs, which are even greater in the summer with student volunteers away from Bloomington. And more volunteer opportunities from …

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Activate! – Stamp Out Hunger: Jenn Hottell


Jerry Sutherland talks about Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive sponsored by the National Alliance of Mail Carriers, the United Way of Monroe County and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Also, more opportunities to volunteer to help reduce hunger and food insecurity in Monroe County from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS Hoosier Hills Food Bank Stamp Out Hunger …

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Activate! – Bloomington Sister Cities: David Boeyink

David Boeyink, long-time volunteer and organizer, talks about the wonderful experiences and adventures as well as the amazing personal connections he has made as part of the Bloomington Sister Cities Program. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS Bloomington-Posoltega Committee, Sister Cities International Bloomington Worldwide Friendship Host CIEE High School Program Host Families

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Activate! – Trashion Refashion: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen


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. LINKS Center for Sustainable Living – Discardia Trashion Refashion Sidewalk Exchange/Reuse Volunteer Recycle for Charity

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Activate! – Meals on Wheels: Helen Freeman

LINKS Karmakit Delivery Mother Hubbard’s Grocery Delivery  Meals on Wheels Drivers

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Activate! – My Sister’s Closet: Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson explains the nature and rewards of working as a volunteer at My Sister’s Closet, recently relocated in a beautiful new building on S College. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS My Sister’s Closet Global Gifts Opportunity House

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Activate! – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Patrick Siney


Patrick Siney, a volunteer for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and many other local non-profits, discusses opportunities at “The Hub” and talks about how volunteering has made a huge difference in his life. Also, ways for you to connect your talents to non-profits in our community through volunteering from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network. LINKS Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard New Hope Family …

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