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First-person narratives from people working for positive change
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Activate: Dave Wright from Monroe County CASA

Dave Wright’s service to Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates has been adaptive and critical for over sixteen years. Dave has many skills and strengths, and he is there to contribute in any void that develops. His advice and hard work guided the direction of CASA. Since his retirement, Dave treats CASA as his full time job and is an …

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Activate! Center for Women’s Ministries – Reova Meredith

Reova Meredith began the Center for Women’s Ministries, offering Bloomington women 30 years of excellent, free counseling. Having experienced the value of professional counseling herself, Reova was struck by the unfair reality that many others do not have the financial resources to access this type of care. By founding and supporting this organization, Reova has allowed countless women access to …

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Activate! – Opportunity House: Marge Penrod

Marge Penrod has been volunteering each Wednesday at Opportunity House for 41 years, close to 2,000 days. Her expertise in jewelry and skill in jewelry repair are an invaluable asset to Opportunity House, creating a dependable income stream that benefits so many. Opportunity House proceeds help supplement childcare costs for families through Monroe County United Ministries, allowing parents to work …

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Activate! – Monroe County Coalition for Access and Mobility – Barbara Salisbury

Barbara Salisbury is passionate about her advocacy for people with disabilities and for independence through transportation and accessibility. As an active member of the both the Heartland Association of the American Council of the Blind and the Monroe County Coalition for Access and Mobility, Barbara has translated her personal experiences as a blind person into being a champion for all …

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Activate! – Shay Upadhyay: Monroe County Youth Council

Shay Upadhyay has been volunteering at WonderLab Museum since she was in the 7th grade, and has been a dedicated volunteer ever since. In her four years at WonderLab, Shay has donated over 600 hours of her time and talent, working in development, membership, and the volunteer department, the birthday program, outreach events, summer enrichment camps, and more! In recent …

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Activate! Ellen Jacquart – Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species

Ellen Jacquart has dedicated her life, professionally and now as a volunteer, to the restoration of natural plant communities in the Midwest. In this week’s Activate! Ellen discusses the groups has created, led, and joined dedicated to the education of the public and of plant retailers. She has taught others for many years about the impacts of invasive plants, as …

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Activate! – Shay Upadhyay: Monroe County Youth Council

Shay Upadhyay has been volunteering locally since she was in the 7th grade, and is an active volunteer with WonderLab, the Monroe County Youth Council and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Youth Council. In this week’s Activate! Shay describes the impact service has had on her life and the life of friends that have joined her in service. Take …

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Activate! Teacher’s Warehouse: Janet Schell

This week’s Activate! features Janet Schell, a volunteer with the Teacher’s Warehouse. The Teacher’s Warehouse accepts donated school supplies and books that teachers can then “shop” in order to stock their classrooms for their students. If the Teachers Warehouse is open for business, Janet is there with a smiling face to assist customers. When the Warehouse is closed, Janet is …

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Activate! – Banneker Community Center: Jennifer Perry

In this week’s Activate! Jennifer Perry highlights her work caring for children at the Banneker Community Center which provides essential services for families. Family Events at Banneker Center School Bigs Program Volleyball Referee

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Activate! Student Activist Stanley Njuguna

Stanley Njuguna isn’t afraid to make his voice heard. Only a Sophomore, Stanley has made his presence known through his work to push Indiana University to be more responsive to issues related to climate change and to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Stanley was also one of the leading organizers of Inaugurate the Revolution, held last January in Bloomington. Listen …

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