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Activate! – Justice Unlocked: Lasserina Dowell

Air date: 08/21/2017 Justice Unlocked bridges a gap in legal aid accessibility, providing services to victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse, or domestic violence, to assist in their recovery. Lassserina’s attention to the branding and sustainability of the organization was extremely important in the first year of Justice Unlocked, when she volunteered 20 hours/week as their volunteer deputy development director, …

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Activate! – Caleb Poer :: Activist

Air date: 08/14/2017 Caleb Poer never thought of himself as an activist before that day. Outspoken maybe, but not an activist. That all changed on the morning that he walked into his high school and was confronted with a display of racial hatred that gave him no choice but to act. That incident gave Caleb his voice. It also revealed …

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Activate! – B’Town Jazz: Fred Parker

Air date: 08/07/2017 Fred Parker’s commitment to the solid presence of jazz music in the Bloomington community is tireless and immeasurably fruitful. When many jazz venues closed in Bloomington, Fred found himself energized, seeing this as an opportunity. He helped an existing organization adapt to a changing music culture through B’Town Jazz. Fred’s work has allowed jazz to reach an …

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Activate! – Movement Exchange: Olivia Ness

Original air date: 07/31/2017 Olivia Ness never considered herself a dancer. It wasn’t until she arrived at Indiana University that she ever saw the opportunity to dance – and to move – as one that was available to her. In her role as a volunteer for the IU chapter of Movement Exchange, Olivia has been able to share the life-changing …

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Activate! – Wildcare Inc.: Lindsay Schroeder

Original air date: 07/24/2017 Each family celebrates the holidays a little differently; we could all learn from Lindsay Schroeder’s commitment to service as a hallmark of her holiday season. For many years, Lindsay has designed and created hand-sewn ornaments to raise money for WildCare. Lindsay works at College Mall Veterinary Hospital, and is able to sell her ornaments there throughout …

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Activate! – Volunteers in Medicine: Janet DeLong

Janet DeLong at VIM

Original air date: 07/12/2017 Janet DeLong is one of the many dedicated and skilled VIM volunteers. Those who volunteer through Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County are filling an important gap in medical services to un-served and under-served adults. Volunteers in Medicine is able to serve individuals who are between health care plans, transitioning into health care, and those without …

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Activate! – La Escuelita Para Todos: Vanessa Elias and Stephanie Huezo

Vanessa Elias and Stephanie Huezo

Original air date: 07/07/2017 The important work of Vanessa Elias and Stephanie Huezo through La Escuelita para Todos (Little School for All) allows children and adults to become Spanish-English bilingual and biliterate. Their work with children has a huge impact – they serve as teachers, role models, and emotional supports. Their determination to relate to students and help them meet …

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Activate! – Krimson Leadership Academy & Real Men Read: Brian Richardson

Brian Ricardson

Original Air Date: 6/26/2017 Brian Richardson Jr. challenges others to achieve greatness, on the campus at Indiana University (IU), and in the community. As the Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion for the IU School of Public Health, he is passionately devoted to the professional development of students. Off campus, he serves as a youth mentor and an advocate …

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Activate! – Global Gifts Bloomington: Joy Bhattacharya

Joy Bhattacharya

Original Air Date: 6/19/2017 Joy Bhattacharya is a volunteer any organization would be lucky to have. She is curious, hardworking, and can be counted on to go the extra mile. She has dedicated over 60 hours to Wonderlab alone. Her work with Global Gifts Fair Trade store, Habitat for Humanity, and Wonderlab shows only one small part of why Joy …

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Activate! – Bloomington Community Orchard: Stephen Hale

Stephen Hale

Original Air Date: 6/12/2017 The Bloomington Community Orchard survives and thrives on the hard work of volunteers only. These volunteers, including this week’s subject Stephen Hale, have a powerful vision of what growing and sharing fruit can mean for the community. It can empower people to play a more proactive role in their local food systems, as well as create …

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