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It's time to start thinking about summer volunteering. Be sure to get your summer volunteer opportunities entered into the system and schedule them to be featured for the best recruitment exposure.

Speaking of summer...We're off to New Orleans this June for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service to collect more information to bring back to YOU! Anyone else headed to NOLA? We'd love to meet up down south.

~Bet, Lucy & Mercedez
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Upcoming Events & Trainings

Save the Date - Volunteer VIP Session May 17 

We'll be sending out more information soon on our topic of the month. Save the date now for May 17, 3:30-5 p.m. for networking and learning.

Grants, Funding & Recognition Programs

Weston Agency Announces 2011 Community Grant Recipients May 5

The 2011 community grants will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 5.  The presentation reception is being expanded this year to include a variety of participants and activities.  The event will be held from 6-8 pm at the Weston Agency offices located at 1880 South Walnut Street in Bloomington.  A delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres will be catered by the Showers Inn Bed and Breakfast, prepared by Leo Cook, winner of the Food Network Challenge.  Curtis Cantwell Jackson will provide the evening's music.  Guests may register for great prizes, including a free Xerox copier - a special grand prize for which business owners in attendance may register.  The grand prize is contributed by Mid-America Technology.  The company's office is located in the Weston Business Center.  The Weston Agency Community Grant awards reception is free and open to the public.  Grant applications will be available; dates for future submissions will be announced. 

Weston Agency community grant applications are made available in the spring and fall to interested local, non-profit organizations.  Three recipients are selected and recognized at an awards presentation hosted by agency owner, Mike Weston.  To date, grants have been awarded to Options for Better Living, The Shalom Center of Bloomington, The Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, Windfall Dancers and the Smithville Diamonds.
For additional information, contact Lisa Morrison at


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

Pro Bono Management Consulting Services Offered  

Vgroup Consulting, a full-service management consulting house based in Bloomington, Indiana, specializes in project management and process analysis / improvement services.  Michael Matheus is the Owner and Chief Consultant, with over 25 years of experience in providing solutions for the military, defense contractors, and private industry.  Engage Michael's outstanding project management skills to ensure your projects are accomplished the most effectively and efficiently.  Additionally, enhancing your bottom line is, simplistically, accomplished through two methods: increasing revenues and/or reducing expenses.  Vgroup Consulting focuses on the expense reduction path by analyzing your processes using a systemic, purpose-based methodology, and providing recommendations on improvements that will save time and cost through realignment or reduction of process steps. 


Vgroup Consulting believes in giving back to our community.  The first step for your nonprofit organization is to request a free 30 minute consultation.  If your organization is accepted as a client, Michael Mathesus' services are available for a maximum of 40 pro bono hours (a $3,800 value!).  Please contact Bet Savich (349-3472) at the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, for Michael's contact information.


The Storehouse Begins Bloomington Operations

The Storehouse is a group of volunteers led by an executive director, Kevin King.  They have key contacts within the auction community, which helps them find the best deals for your non-profit.  If you have any questions for the storehouse please contact View inventory online at

Located at 1525 South Rogers Street in a warehouse in the old RCA complex.


RPS Volunteers Available for August 10 Project

Residential Programs and Services at Indiana University is looking for a volunteer opportunity on the afternoon of August 10th, 2011.  They will have approximately 60 graduate students and professional staff of both genders available and, if possible, they would all like to be at the same location, or in close proximity.  This activity will be part of their training and is an effort to connect new folks with the larger Bloomington community.  They will have transportation for everyone.  Hours are a bit flexible.  Probably 1:30 or 2:00 until 4:00 or 5:00.  For additional information, contact Marge Schrag at 855-1764 or e-mail

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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Volunteer VIP session

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

Sept. 7
IU Student
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Sept. 17
Volunteer Network Community Volunteer Fair at Farmers' Market

September 30
The Essentials: Volunteer Management Training
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