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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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Activate! – Caleb Poer :: Activist

Air date: 08/14/2017 Caleb Poer never thought of himself as an activist before that day. Outspoken maybe, but not an activist. That all changed on the morning that he walked into his high school and was confronted with a display of racial hatred that gave him no choice but to act. That incident gave Caleb his voice. It also revealed …

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Activate! – B’Town Jazz: Fred Parker

Air date: 08/07/2017 Fred Parker’s commitment to the solid presence of jazz music in the Bloomington community is tireless and immeasurably fruitful. When many jazz venues closed in Bloomington, Fred found himself energized, seeing this as an opportunity. He helped an existing organization adapt to a changing music culture through B’Town Jazz. Fred’s work has allowed jazz to reach an …

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Activate! – Movement Exchange: Olivia Ness

Original air date: 07/31/2017 Olivia Ness never considered herself a dancer. It wasn’t until she arrived at Indiana University that she ever saw the opportunity to dance – and to move – as one that was available to her. In her role as a volunteer for the IU chapter of Movement Exchange, Olivia has been able to share the life-changing …

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Activate! – Wildcare Inc.: Lindsay Schroeder

Original air date: 07/24/2017 Each family celebrates the holidays a little differently; we could all learn from Lindsay Schroeder’s commitment to service as a hallmark of her holiday season. For many years, Lindsay has designed and created hand-sewn ornaments to raise money for WildCare. Lindsay works at College Mall Veterinary Hospital, and is able to sell her ornaments there throughout …

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Activate! – Volunteers in Medicine: Janet DeLong

Janet DeLong at VIM

Original air date: 07/12/2017 Janet DeLong is one of the many dedicated and skilled VIM volunteers. Those who volunteer through Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County are filling an important gap in medical services to un-served and under-served adults. Volunteers in Medicine is able to serve individuals who are between health care plans, transitioning into health care, and those without …

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