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Top 50 Things Look What's #25 - "We are a Community that Cares" 

We all know that Bloomington's volunteer spirit makes it one of the most caring communities around - and BLOOM Magazine is shining the spotlight on that fact in their latest issue listing the 50 Reasons to Love Bloomington". Thanks BLOOM! We love you too! View the entire list HERE.

Volunteer Network Trainings Offered

The Volunteer Network has a full schedule of trainings for your program this fall. Check out our listings and save your seat today!
The essential tools and skills for a well run volunteer program.
Date: Friday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Learn how to make the most of marketing your opportunities online with the Volunteer Network's online system.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10-11 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Don't start your board service unprepared!
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1-5 p.m.

Need a Marketing Campaign? 

IU Business Students Can Help!

Deadline: September 20 

A marketing class in the Kelley School of Business is looking for community agencies who would like a team of IU students to develop a comprehensive marketing campaign for them.  The students will design and produce templates of multiple marketing pieces including brochures, advertisements and posters as well as develop branding and social media strategies for their community partner agency.  If you are interested in working with this class, please contact Andrew Libby, , in the IU Service-Learning Program by Tuesday, Sept.  20th.   


Volunteer Testimonial Winner
Congrats to Jenny Tracy who won the drawing for a set of 32 inspirational quotation cards from the Volunteer Network for her submission of a volunteer testimonial. Here is an excerpt of Jenny's testimonial about why she volunteers with the Indiana Army National Guard (2- 150 FA):
"Volunteering is important to me as it provides me a sense of accomplishment that is different than a pay check, a promotion or an award.  I serve the military and their families because it is important to help those that do so much for us.  It is my way to pay back those that sacrifice their lives for OUR freedom. When experiencing the benefits of volunteering both personally as well as from the recipients of my service, my commitment to help the military and their families is strengthened ten fold." 


Is Your Organization Prepared?

September is National Preparedness month and a great time to think about your organization's own preparedness plan. In the event of an emergency does your organization have a Business Continuity Plan? This online course from the NonProfit Risk Management Center is designed to help you and your organization develop, implement, and test a workable plan to prevent the interruption of mission-critical services, even in the event of a major business interruption. Best of all - it's FREE and available online. Learn more here. 



Grants Available


UnitedHealth HEROES Grants

Deadline: October 17

The UnitedHealth HEROES program is a service-learning, health literacy initiative that awards grants to help youth, ages 5-25, create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. The grants encourage semester-long projects that launch on MLK Day of Service and culminate on Global Youth Service Day. Schools, service-learning coordinators, non-profits, and students in the health professions located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for the $500 - $1,000 grants. Learn more at         


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards  

Deadline: November 1

If you've made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example.  These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and NASSP, have honored nearly 100,000 middle and high school students at the local, state, and national level over the past 16 years solely for their volunteer work. 


Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)   

Deadline: Letter of Intent due October 7;  

Applications due December 2 

CDBG applications are available in the City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department, 401 N. Morton Street, Suite 130, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or downloaded online at .

Organizations applying for a CDBG must serve city residents whose household income is less than 80% of the area median income. Applicants must submit a "Letter of Intent" by 4 p.m., October 7, and turn in completed applications to HAND by December 2 at 4 p.m. Agencies who serve minority populations are encouraged to apply. For more information on CDBG, call Bob Woolford regarding physical improvement projects or Marilyn Patterson regarding social service programs at 349-3401.



Make A Difference Day - October 22

Start planning a project for Make A Difference Day, October 22!  Visit the Make A Difference Day Daytabank to find resources to help you get started and register your project to recruit volunteers.

Registering your Make A Difference Day project makes you eligible to win: 

  • One of 10 $10,000 grants from Newman's Own to donate to the nonprofit of your choice  
  • Opportunity to be featured on USA Today's Kindness Blog  
  • One of two Motorola Xoom tablets (candidates must provide post-project details to the Daytabank to be eligible)
  • One VIP table at the Make A Difference Day Awards Luncheon in Washington DC with celebrity keynote speaker  
  • Newman's Own cereal to serve for breakfast on the day of your service project .

Tell us about your progress for the opportunity to win!

Each year on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans take part in Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest annual day of volunteering.  Sponsored by Points of Light Institute and USA WEEKEND Magazine, the lives of tens of millions are made better because of the efforts of volunteers on Make A Difference Day.   





Right Place, Wrong Volunteer: How to Handle the Mismatch

Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, September 19
FREE Webinar: September 21, 1-2 p.m.   

Register Here 

Does your non-profit organization rely on volunteers to help things run smoothly? Do you find yourself with a few challenging volunteers who you aren't sure how to handle?  This Webinar will teach you how to identify and address common pitfalls in volunteer placement, including how to let go of a volunteer who is not the right fit for your organization. 

  • WHO: Anyone who manages volunteers, including volunteer board members
  • WHAT: A 60-minute Webinar on how to handle challenging volunteers
  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • COST: Free for anyone serving Indiana youth; $30 fee for those who do not.

You will learn how to: 

  • Identify typical difficulties in volunteer placement;
  • Plan a conversation with a volunteer who must be removed;
  • Develop a timeline and outcome map to guide the process;
  • Protect your organization's reputation  

About the presenters: Linda Michael and Susan Burns, Michael Burns Consulting, LLC

Linda Michael
Linda Michael is a leader in professional development for Indiana educators, facilitating hundreds of learning events. After a teaching career, Michael now serves as program director for one of the state's 9 Regional Education Service Centers. Recently, Michael earned the international professional coaching certification.

Suan Burns
Susan Burns' expertise includes specialized corporate communications training, as well as grant writing, leadership coaching, facilitation, and strategic planning.  



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