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Activate! – All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center: Camille Vanden Dries

Air date: 10/23/2017 Camille Vanden Dries’ commitment to the Talkline at All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center is inspiring. Camille is able to balance a full time job and time with her kids, and still keeps her commitment to women facing difficult pregnancy situations. Callers need a compassionate ear, and Camille is happy to comfort and listen for as long as it …

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Activate! – VITAL: Ruth Richardson

Air date: 10/16/2017 Ruth Richardson’s work through Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) at the Monroe County Public Library is a welcoming embrace to new members of the Bloomington community. After 30 years as a public school teacher, Ruth continues to live her passion by teaching adults English. Ruth’s work with these adults affords them not only increased self-sufficiency, but …

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Activate! – Monroe County United Ministries: Valerie Merriam

Air date: 10/09/2017 Valerie Merriam’s work with the food pantry at Monroe County United Ministries has been nothing short of foundational. Her tenure, efforts, and experience is second to none. Through more than a decade of institutional change, Valerie has been a constant, carrying forward programmatic and institutional knowledge that continues to inform their staff. Her service is almost immeasurable, …

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Activate! – LIFEDesigns: Vonnie Peischl

Air date: 10/02/2017 Initially fueled by her son’s utilization of services, Vonnie Peischl’s long-standing involvement at LIFEDesigns has been instrumental in improving their visibility and development efforts. Vonnie’s perspective as a devoted parent is highly valued – from small committee meetings to representing LIFEDesigns to the general community. Vonnie’s talent for fundraising has produced some of the most successful events …

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Activate! – Pantry 279: Cindy Chavez

Air date: 09/25/2017 Cindy Chavez was inspired by her daughters’ concern for a fellow schoolmate who did not have enough food to get through the weekend. They came to her and suggested that they could be a part of the solution. Her first answer was no. How could she take on this task? But after reconsidering, she decided to honor …

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Activate! – IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Services: Wendy Rubin

Air date: 09/18/2017 Wendy Rubin volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Resource Service’s Service and Support Group, providing support to participants and their family caregivers. Wendy also co-chairs the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee and advocates for it tirelessly. Personal experience supporting her late husband as he lived with Alzheimer’s allows Wendy to relate to others with compassion, insight, and wisdom. …

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Activate! – Monroe County Humane Assoc. Low-Cost Clinic: Levi Brock

Air date: 09/11/2017 Indiana University student Levi Brock intends to be a Veterinarian. Lucky for him, he was able to get real life experience this summer as a volunteer with the Monroe County Humane Association’s low-cost Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic. Clinic volunteers at the Monroe County Humane Association allow Bloomington residents to access medical care for their pets at affordable rates. …

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Activate! – Safe Families for Children: Susan Powell

Air date: 09/04/2017 Since 2013, Susan Powell has worked tirelessly to secure the establishment and successful operation of a Monroe County branch of Safe Families for Children. Monroe County’s poverty rate is reflected in the large population entering the child welfare system. Many families are unable to overcome hurdles that other families overcome through extended family or other supports. Acting …

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Activate! – New Leaf New Life: Mary Goetze

Air date: 08/28/2017 Original Air Date: 02/16/2016 Mary Goetze’s work through New Leaf-New Life is marked by compassion and intelligence. The struggle of inmates to remain connected with their young children inspired Mary to create the Read To Me program. Mary’s Read To Me program has enabled 500 incarcerated parents to send recordings of themselves reading a book to their …

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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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