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Activate! – Shalom Community Center: Kass Botts

Air date: 01/22/2018 Kass Botts was looking for a way to get more involved in the community when she discovered that her employer, Hanapin Marketing, was interested in supporting her efforts through their policy of providing all of their employees with 8 hours of paid annual volunteer time. What Kass discovered in using that work benefit was her interest in …

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Activate! – City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic & Latino Affairs: Israel Fernando Hererra

Air date: 01/15/2018 Israel Fernando Herrera’s participation in leadership and other important roles has vastly improved the visibility and embrace of the Latino and Hispanic members of the Bloomington community. Israel’s service has touched the City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, at WFHB for the “Hola Bloomington” program, Lotus, Bloomington Worldwide Friendship, La Escuelita Para Todos, Grupo …

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Activate! – Teachers Warehouse: Janet Schell

Air date: 12/18/2017 Original air date: 04/03/2017 Janet Schell’s work at the Teacher’s Warehouse keeps it running smoothly and spreads awareness about this wonderful opportunity. The Teacher’s Warehouse accepts donated school supplies and books that teachers can pick up to stock their classrooms. When the Teachers Warehouse is open for business, Janet is there with a smiling face to assist …

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Activate! – Community Kitchen of Monroe County: Keith Bobay

Rebroadcast date: 12/11/2017 Original air date: 02/20/2017 Keith Bobay serves the Community Kitchen and many other organizations in countless capacities. Keith is committed to the betterment of Bloomington; his own individual contributions of time and talent have had measurable impacts. In 2016 alone, he helped to feed almost 3000 individuals. He has dedicated over 700 hours to Community Kitchen alone, and …

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Activate! – Global Gifts, Habitat for Humanity, WonderLab: Joy Bhattacharya

Rebroadcast date: 12/04/2017 Original air date: 6/19/2017 Joy Bhattacharya, a dedicated local, high-school age volunteer, was awarded the Youth Volunteer Award at the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence on Nov. 9th, 2017 in Indianapolis. The awards, presented by Serve Indiana, are Indiana’s most prestigious annual awards celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers and service members. Joy Bhattacharya is a volunteer …

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Activate! – Center for Women’s Ministries: Reova Meredith

Rebroadcast date: 11/27/2017 Original air date: 5/8/2017 Reova Meredith, volunteer founder of the Center for Women’s Ministries, was awarded the Faith-Based Volunteer Award at the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence on Nov. 9th, 2017 in Indianapolis. The awards, presented by Serve Indiana, are Indiana’s most prestigious annual awards celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers and service members. Reova Meredith began …

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Activate! – Banneker Community Center: Jennifer Perry

Rebroadcast Date: 11/20/2017 Original Air Date: 03/22/2017 Jennifer Perry has served as a volunteer librarian and program assistant at the Banneker Community Center since June 2014. Her involvement has stretched over 13 programs, always committed to early childhood programming there. Her focus has been to create an inclusive environment in which participants feel they can have positive interactions within their …

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Activate! – Community Volunteer and Consultant: Michael Shermis

Air date: 11/13/2017 If one inquires for the names of people to contact for service or for great advice about service, Michael Shermis’ name will come up. It’s clear from his long track record as a volunteer that he is committed to strengthening the capacity of our nonprofit community. He has a broad reach, from arts to social services, criminal …

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Activate! – IU Health Bloomington Cuddler Program: Susan Ashburn

Air date: 11/6/2017 Susan Ashburn’s commitment to the Cuddler Program at IU Health Bloomington has helped establish a pool of well-trained and reliable volunteers. Babies born addicted to drugs experience extreme pain and distress in their first days, and their mothers, experiencing the same unbearable withdrawal, are unable to be with them through recovery. The Cuddler Program allows volunteers to …

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Activate! – Bloomington Animal Care & Control: Julie Gray

Air date: 10/30/2017 How does Julie Gray volunteer at the Animal Shelter? Let us count the ways. She is an adoption counselor, helping 180 patrons and well-suited animal companions; an office assistant, assisting with clerical and administrative needs; a graphic designer, crafting the bi-weekly adoption posters or her “Lost Pet Brochure”; and a photographer, capturing engaging images of the animals …

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