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We hope to see many of you at the Be More Awards on April 5th, but for those who won't be going, you might want to check out the AmeriCorps forum which SPEA is hosting that night. There are also two community outreach events on April 6th, one aimed at teens and one at newcomers.

Volunteer recognition is also in the air as National Volunteer Week is approaching. Check the listings below for two additional opportunities to recognize your volunteers.

There's no denying that it's a busy time of year!

~Bet, Lucy & Mercedez
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
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Bloomington High School South Volunteer Fair - April 6

Recruit Teen Volunteers for your Summer and Year-Round Projects! 

Wednesday, April 6

  9:50-10:55 a.m. (set-up 9:30-9:45 a.m.)*Note- This fair is for one hour only. You might want to travel light!
Large Group Room @
Bloomington High School South, 1965 S. Walnut St. Enter through the Atrium. Students will be available to help you carry your materials.

MORE: The Volunteer Network and Bloomington High School South Helping Hands Club are organizing a volunteer fair at South. What a great way to recruit a teen volunteer pool for the summer - and maybe long term!




For more information or to reserve your table contact: Bet Savich at 349-3472 or

Upcoming Events & Trainings

Presentation April 5: AmeriCorps in Your Community: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

AmeriCorps Alums Bloomington and IU SPEA's Service Corps are hosting an exciting seminar topic and invite you to join them Tuesday, April 5th, 6:00pm, Kelley School of Business, Room 219."AmeriCorps in Your Community: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" will offer a select panel of speakers to share a bit about the history of AmeriCorps, the many ways volunteers contribute to the community and how AmeriCorps may benefit you in your current departments/agencies. The panel will include SPEA's Executive Associate Dean David Reingold and Professor Les Lenkowsky. These faculty both held leadership positions within the Corporation for National and Community Service from which the AmeriCorps program emanates. The panel will also include non-profit professionals building strong AmeriCorps programs through Indiana University and Indiana's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

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Still Time to Register for Get Involved Bloomington Expo  - April 6 

The Get Involved Bloomington Expo will be held on Wednesday evening, April 6th from 5pm until 8pm, at the Bloomington Convention Center. Each year over 500 Bloomingtonians have the opportunity to learn about Bloomington's non-profit organizations and the volunteer opportunities that they offer.  To sweeten the pot, several local restaurants will be on hand with food and beverages. Local musicians will provide live music.  The organizers of the Expo wanted to make it a well-rounded event, so the vendors' list includes local recreational businesses, places of worship, and arts and music opportunities.  The Get Involved Bloomington Expo is a place where you can learn about your local community and yes, get involved.

The Get Involved Bloomington Expo is currently accepting applications for booths.  If your non-profit organization is in need of volunteers and/or community exposure, this event is for you.  The cost is $80 per table for nonprofit organizations and $100 for others. Please contact them directly at or visit them at

Grants, Funding & Recognition Programs

Women Excel Bloomington Awards  

The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Women Excel Bloomington Awards for individuals who excel in areas like leadership, community stewardship or vounteerism. (deadline May 2) and the newly created "10 Under 40" Awards (deadline June 3) which will recognize young professionals between the ages of 21-40 who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in our community and/or in their workplace. Through their actions or initiatives these young professionals serve as Women Excel Bloomington Awards an inspiration, helping others to excel.  Download the nomination forms by clicking the above links...and then get those nominations in!  Let's show those remarkable individuals that their contributions are noticed and appreciated!


Book of Golden Deeds Award - deadline May 15  

The Exchange Club Northside Bloomington is looking for a Book of Golden Deeds Award recipient.  We would like for your organization to nominate someone in the community who exemplifies volunteerism.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is an Exchange Club program that honors a worthy person or group which donates time, talent and energy to help those in needs.  Many times fine citizens of our community do numerous good deeds which go unnoticed.  The Exchange Club Northside Bloomington would like to publicly recognize these generous people. The recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds Award will be presented a special plaque to commemorate the occasion and a news release will be sent to the local media.

In selecting your candidate, please keep in mind that the only criteria for receiving the award is that the nominee must have made significant contributions to the community.  Please send your nominee's name, address and your reasons for making the selection, prior to May 15, 2011, to:

By email:

By mail:  The Exchange Club Northside Bloomington
C/O Janet Burks /Owen County State Bank
3419 W State Rd 46
BloomingtonIN 47404
Volunteer Resources & Materials

VIP Materials Online 

Did you miss this month's Volunteer VIP session on Excellent Customer Service? We had a great session led by Trish Hausmann of the IU Dept. of Theater and Drama. Mark your calendar for the next VIP on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. Download the customer service tip sheets now.

RSVP Bulk Mailing Volunteers Available

RSVP Volunteer Bulk Mailers are available and eager to help your nonprofit or public agency...for FREE! The RSVP Bulk Mailing Team, led by a retiree from the bulk mailing department of the post office and composed of a lovely group of 55+ aged volunteers, can help your agency stuff, fold, label, seal, sort and apply postage to your mailings.  They currently provide bulk mailing services for Stone Belt, WonderLab, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Area 10 Agency on Aging, Options, Sycamore Land Trust, Bloomington Pops, Boy Scouts, and others.  Their volunteer efforts are entirely FREE (but they do like snacks!), and they can easily complete a several thousand piece mailing in just a few hours.  RSVP can recruit anywhere from 2-12 volunteers for your bulk mailing needs.  Contact Christine McKenna at RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) at 812-876-3383 ext. 514 or for more info.
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Save the date for these events and opportunities:
April 5
Be More Award Celebration

April 5

April 6
Bloomington High School South Volunteer Fair
(register at left)

April 6
Get Involved
Bloomington Expo

April 10-16
National Volunteer Week

June 6-8
National Conference on Volunteering and Service
New Orleans, LA

Sept. 7
IU Student
Involvement Fair

Sept. 17
Volunteer Network Community Volunteer Fair at Farmers' Market

September 30
The Essentials: Volunteer Management Training
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