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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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Activate! – Wylie House Museum

The Wylie House Museum offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy to a house as it might have looked in the 1840’s. The house was originally the home of Dr. Andrew Wylie, Indiana University’s first President. Wylie House was inhabited by Wylies for nearly 80 years; Andrew Wylie built the house in 1835 and lived there with his wife Margaret and …

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Activate! – Opportunity House


Opportunity House is a non-profit resale shop operated by the Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM). Profits from Ops House funds full-time, year round affordable childcare services for kids between the ages of two and six and thus serves a critical need for high quality childcare for low income people in our community. While many volunteers are part of the MCUM …

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Activate! – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates): Jim Shelton


In this week’s segment of Activate! CASA volunteer and board member, Jim Shelton, explains the crucial void filled by CASA volunteers in an overtaxed foster care system.  The Department of Child Services is struggling to keep up as  more families are impacted by the opioid crisis. CASA volunteers fill an important void in case management of children in foster care. Volunteers …

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Activate! – MCPL Teen Services Center : Kevin McDowell, Sophia Bender & Avery Smith

MCPL Teen Space

The Ground Floor in the Monroe County Public Library provides a space for teens to gather, create community, have fun, and learn new skills. Volunteer mentors play a vital role by sharing their life-experiences and skill sets with teens, often providing a valuable “nudge” inspiring them to try something new. The Ground Space is open for teens aged 12-19. In …

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Activate! – Black Lives Matter Rally : Zoe Reed and Peyton Wombach


In this episode of Activate!, we interview a few of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter Rally that took place in Bloomington earlier in 2016. Zoe and Peyton talk about how they were influenced by BLM rallies in other cities, and how that led them to work together with other members of the community to organize the Bloomington Black …

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Activate! – Big Brothers Big Sisters : Mark Voland


In this week’s Activate! – Mark Voland discusses the benefits of mentoring with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS). As Executive Director, Mark knows first-hand the positive impact being a big brother or big sister has on the lives of children, and on the mentors themselves. There are currently 80 kids on the waiting list to be paired with a …

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Activate! Spencer Pride: Judi Epp


Spencer Pride supports the rural LGBTQI community in South Central Indiana and beyond. Listen as Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Treasurer Judi Epp discusses why our rural communities are in particular need of resources and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people. Spencer Pride cultivates compassion and community, and offers a range of services that are often …

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Activate! Monroe County Humane Association: Mary Richardson


Mary Richardson’s found a way to channel her love for animals into service in her community. Listen as Mary details the diverse services and educational opportunities offered by the Monroe County Humane Society and the positive impact on animals and the people who love them. For information on volunteering with the Humane Society, go to http://www.monroehumane.org/volunteer. Information about additional opportunities …

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Activate! Community Kitchen of Monroe County : Chrissy Geels


The Community Kitchen works to eliminate hunger in Monroe County by providing free, nutritious meals to those that would otherwise go without food. In addition, the Community Kitchen seeks to educate the general public about the extent of hunger in Monroe County. In this episode of Activate!- volunteer, Chrissy Geels, shares insights about the extent of food insecurity in our …

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