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Bloomington Community
Orchard Seeking
Volunteer Coordinator

Passionate, organized
Orchard lover sought!
Here is an opportunity to
make a big difference in
the life of your Community
Orchard.  After more than
a year serving as Volunteer
Coordinator, the wonderful
and steadfast Stacey Decker
will be stepping down to tend
to other loves.  We're
seeking a friendly, dedicated
soul with excellent
communication skills to take
over this position in March 2012, with full training beginning soon and complete support provided. 
Please contact Stacey at getinvolved@bloomington
could be your e-mail address
soon!) to find out more.
Get Ready for National Volunteer Week 2012
Salty Diets
National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. The 2012 theme will be 'Celebrating People in Action', a theme that captures the meaning behind this national event honoring individuals who use their time, talent, voice and money to take action and solve problems in their communities.   


A resource guide to help recognize volunteer service and equip organization with the marketing and communications tools needed to make their 2012 National Volunteer Week programs a success is available for download

Holiday Guide to Giving
The annual Holiday Guide to Giving is now available! Pass it along to volunteers looking for ways to give back.  Donation drives, Adopt-A-Family programs, holiday themed events, meals and more! View the Holiday Guide to Giving Here.
If you have a holiday-themed volunteer need, let us know about it and we'll include it in the guide.


MLK Volunteer Project Grant Funding
MLK Day 2011 HHFB Please think about building a substantial MLK Day project this year.  The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, with support from Service for Peace and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, invites you to apply for an MLK Day grant to increase the impact and effectiveness of your project. Visit to learn more and complete the online application. 
Applications are due on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact Craig Brenner at

Service to Veterans and Military Families on MLK Day
This year's MLK Day service grants encourage a focus on veterans or military families in service activities or as recipients of service. Martin Luther King Day of Service is January 16th. This is a great day to mobilize volunteers and honor the military community through service. View service project ideas that you can organize on MLK Day or any day throughout the year (see above for project funding).


November Volunteer VIP Session - Nov 15
November Topic: Building an Inclusive Volunteer Program
Event Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Event Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Public Library, Room 1C (303 E. Kirkwood Ave.)

We've invited the experts! Bring your questions to this session to gain insight, information and resources on how to create inclusive volunteer programs. Joining us for this session will be Trish Gustaitis, BHSS Work Study Program Coordinator, Kayle Lewis from the College Internship Program, Eric Ford from Stone Belt and the Hand in Hand program and Jeanne Gunning from WonderLab. Don't miss this one!


Indiana Building Nonprofit Hub Online
 The state of Indiana is building an online hub for nonprofits looking for state aid.

The online portal will help point nonprofits to state and federal grants and volunteering and training opportunities. The Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives demonstrated the new tool Wednesday.


Agencies across state government from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Homeland Security are posting online through the new system. Fourteen agencies in all are participating. Online:  



WISH LIST ALERT: Free Cubicles Available
Have you recently moved or reconfigured your offices? Need an upgrade or just some division of space? 13 cubicles in good condition (these are NICE! Bet and I checked them out yesterday),  neutral, linen color with L-shaped work surfaces, walls, two drawers and a storage cubby. Walls are 5' tall. Work surfaces can include a corner section and side sections that are either 3' or 4' long to make a variety of cube sizes and configurations. Baseboard can accommodate electrical cords. Easy to assemble. Instruction may be available from CACI staff when you pick up. Must be gone by mid-December.
To claim one or all, contact Ceil Bereskin at CACI, 812-343-4050 (cell), 812-863-3629 (ofc) or


Bloomington Bicycle Club Grants Available
deadline December 31, 2011
Does it make sense to incorporate a bicycle program of some type into your volunteer program? Perhaps your volunteers commute by bike and would use a bike rack or bike lockers? Maybe volunteers could work with your clientele teaching bike safety or accompanying them to The Bicycle Project to fix their bikes? Get creative!

BBC Bloomington Bicycle Club Grants
The Bloomington Bicycle Club has $10,000 in grant money to award to a variety of community groups, including nonprofit organizations and programs, schools, and other civic-minded organizations.

 Goals of the grant program are:
  • Promote and encourage bicycling for recreation, competition, travel, and transportation
  • Train and educate the community about bicycles and bicycling
  • Promote better public understanding and respect for the rights of bicyclists and the observance of traffic regulations by bicyclists and drivers
  • Promote bicycle safety
Applications are due by December 31. More information can be found on the BBC website:
or emailing:


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phone: (812) 349-3433