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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

Activate! – Habitat for Humanity – IU Chapter


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 with Habitat!

Habitat for Humanity Saturday Build Volunteers
Habitat ReStore
Habitat Food Providers

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.

Monroe County Civic Theatre
Civic Theater
Cardinal Stage Team
BPP’s Arts Fair on the Sqaure Volunteers

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 the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.


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.


Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Stamp Out Hunger Volunteers
Teens Potato Harvesting & Soil Health Project
Garden & Gleaning Programs

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.

Bloomington-Posoltega Committee, Sister Cities International
Bloomington Worldwide Friendship Host
CIEE High School Program Host Families

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.

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

Activate! – Meals on Wheels: Helen Freeman


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

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.

My Sister’s Closet
Global Gifts
Opportunity House

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.


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

New Hope Family Shelter Website Designer
Graphic Designers & Photographers – check the listings at http://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/searchopportunities

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