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Activate!

First-person narratives from people working for positive change
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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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Activate! Teacher’s Warehouse: Janet Schell

This week’s Activate! features Janet Schell, a volunteer with the Teacher’s Warehouse. The Teacher’s Warehouse accepts donated school supplies and books that teachers can then “shop” in order to stock their classrooms for their students. If the Teachers Warehouse is open for business, Janet is there with a smiling face to assist customers. When the Warehouse is closed, Janet is …

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Activate! Student Activist Stanley Njuguna

Stanley Njuguna isn’t afraid to make his voice heard. Only a Sophomore, Stanley has made his presence known through his work to push Indiana University to be more responsive to issues related to climate change and to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Stanley was also one of the leading organizers of Inaugurate the Revolution, held last January in Bloomington. Listen …

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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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