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Activate!

First-person narratives from people working for positive change
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Activate! – Community Kitchen: Keith Bobay

Keith Bobay serves the Community Kitchen and countless other organizations in countless other capacities. In this week’s Activate! Keith discusses his passion for community service and describes how these services help people get through challenging times in their lives. LINKS Community Kitchen

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Activate! – Opportunity House : Jill Argenbreight

This week on Activate! Opportunity House is a non-profit resale shop that has been serving Monroe County since 1968. This volunteer-run store provides recycled household goods and clothing at great prices, and work in partnership with other Monroe County non-profits to ensure people in the greatest need can shop even if they have no money. In this week’s Activate, Jill …

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Activate! – NOW Monroe County : Laura and Elizabeth

The National Organization for Women: Monroe County Chapter, is an organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. NOW focuses on a broad range of women’s rights issues, including economic justice, pay equity, racial discrimination, women’s health and body image, women with disabilities, reproductive rights and justice, family law, marriage and family formation rights of same-sex …

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Activate – Women’s March: McKenzie Goodrich

On January 21, 2017 an estimated 200,000 people will convene in Washington to march in assertion that women’s rights are human rights. The March, convened in the wake of the election of President-elect Trump, is providing an outlet for many that view Trump’s election as an assault on human rights. Case in point, McKenzie Goodrich, a local business owner who …

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Activate! – Compassion & Choices : Gary Wiggins

Gary Wiggins volunteers with Compassion & Choices, of Indiana a group that encourages individuals to think about end of life care options. Through education and outreach, Compassion & Choices offers people resources to easily create a living will or advance directive order so that you can have a say in your care in the event of a medical emergency. Gary …

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Activate! – Habitat Restore : Donald Westerhaus

Don Westerhaus previously volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Iowa, and after retiring to Bloomington became active in Habitate for Humanity of Monroe County. In this week’s Activate! – listen as Don describes how impactful Habitat’s work is with family’s in need, and describes his own growth and satisfaction gained from the many roles he has fulfilled as a Habitat …

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Activate! – Bloomington SCORE : Babette Ballinger

SCORE volunteers help entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back, connect with fellow business owners, and share your knowledge with others. In this week’s Activate! Babette Ballinger discusses her love of sharing her insights gained from her career in New York’s garment industry with entrepreneurs working to get a business …

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Better Beware:

Trolling for Candidates Election-related scams are way, way up this year – – here’s how to stay safe, at least until you vote. And there’s some good news about a mega-fraudster going down!

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Activate – Indiana Recovery Alliance : Chris Abert

The Indiana Recovery Alliance is a volunteer organization that works to address opoid addiction and abuse in the community by addressing these issues with education, advocacy, needle exchange programs, and outreach services. This week, founder and director, Chris Abert, talks about the services of the organization and ways to assist the Indiana Recovery Alliance with their mission of advocacy. That’s …

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Activate! – Bloomington Community Band

In this week’s Activate! trombone player Gary Wiggins discusses the award-winning Bloomington Community Band. The band not only gives musicians an opportunity to play their instruments and to share their love of music with a variety of audiences, including community events like the 4th of July parade, and senior citizen residences. LINKS Bloomington Community Band Hoosier Hills Dixieland Band Blooming …

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