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Activate!

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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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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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