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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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Activate! – City of Bloomington Commission on Aging: Courtney Stewart

Courtney Stewart

The vision of the City’s Commission on Aging is to make Bloomington more age- and ability-friendly is a vision that CoA member Courtney Stewart can get behind. As one of the commission’s youngest members, she is advocating for her own future in this community, and for the health, safety, and quality of life of those already 55 or better. This …

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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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