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Morgan County Seeking a Youth & Family Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
This position has primary responsibility for the implementation of youth, family and adult mini-grant activities in Morgan County, Indiana.

This position includes program planning and implementation, board development and management, and grants management. In addition, the Youth & Family Volunteer Engagement Coordinator is responsible for coordination and management of volunteer events and activities in the county, working with and under the direction of the Area Director.

This 20-hour position calls for a Bachelors Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least 1-3 years experience working or volunteering with youth programs. Experience with grant writing, program evaluation and event planning desired. Experience in volunteer management required. Candidates must live in or be willing to relocate to Morgan County. Please apply at www.uwci.org under careers. 
 
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


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The deadline is only a week away to apply for FREE Information Technology assistance from the IU Serve IT Nonprofit Clinic. You don't need to know what you need, you just need to know that you need I.T. help! If you aren't familiar with this extraordinary service, please take the time NOW to see if it's a good fit for your organization.

Bet & Lucy
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network

Need Technical Help with your Computers and IT?
Deadline Nov. 28
Indiana University Serve IT Nonprofit Clinic
Call for Client Applications


The Indiana University Serve IT Clinic is a community information technology clinic created by the School of Informatics and Computing in association with SPEA, the Kelley School of Business, United Way of Monroe County, The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and other University and area community organizations.
 
This project is designed to provide real-world learning opportunities to IU students while at the same time helping nonprofit organizations in the Monroe County area with their information technology needs on an ongoing basis.
 
The clinic began a limited pilot phase in January with four clients: Sycamore Land Trust, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, Middle Way House, and Christole, Inc. Students provided a variety of services, from web and database development to tech support, training, and consulting. Currently in the Fall semester, interns are working with six clients. These include returning clients Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington and Middle Way House, and new clients Bloomington Playwrights Project, District 10 Pro Bono Project, Stepping Stones, and WFHB Radio.
 
The clinic is looking to bring on several new clients for the Spring 2012 semester starting in January, 2012. Rolling applications will be accepted with a due date of November 28th for full consideration. Clients who are chosen will undergo a needs assessment of current operations, will be assisted through the development of a strategic IT plan, and then a student intern team will help the organization work through that plan. There is currently no cost associated with participation in the project.
 
Potential services that can be provided would be determined by further discussion with prospective clients, and could include such activities as: 

  • Product research, purchase, and licensing
  • Consulting
  • Workflow and efficiency
  • Policy development
  • Strategic implementation of social media or mobile platforms.
  • Product development
  • Graphic design
  • Web design and development
  • Desktop software design and development
  • Mobile application development
  • Communications
  • Hardware refurbishment and/or purchase
  • Database development
  • Customized Training: On-site, off-site, and/or web-based
  • Equipment Donation Match-Maker
  • On-Site and remote Tech Support (repair & installation of software)
  • IT Grant writing  

Clients will be chosen based on four criteria, the most important of which is (1) whether the potential projects will provide a good learning opportunity for the students involved. The remaining criteria include (2) the relative stability of the organization, (3) the apparent need for the technology services provided, and (4) whether the organization meets or is presumed to meet the IRS definition of a charitable organization under section 501(c)3.
 
Each client organization chosen must have one liaison staff member or volunteer who can devote some time each week coordinating with the student team. That staff member should expect to spend on average 1-2 hours per week minimum working with the teams, and should be empowered to make decisions on the services provided by the team.
 
To apply to be one of the Serve IT clients for either the fall or spring semesters, download the application and email it to  serveit@indiana.edu by November 28th, 2011 to receive priority consideration for the Spring 2012 semester. Questions may be addressed to the Director, Matt Hottell, at the same email address.


MLK Volunteer Project Grant Funding
Deadline Dec. 2
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 bloomington.in.gov/mlk to learn more and complete the online application. 
Applications are due on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact Craig Brenner at mlk@bloomington.in.gov.

Need Project Ideas?
Jump start your project brainstorming with these:
View last year's funded projects here.
More ideas for MLK Day service and educational projects.

November Volunteer VIP Session Resources
We had good attendance at the November 15th VIP: Building An Inclusive Volunteer Program - and what a resource-rich session it was! If you weren't able to make it we've posted the materials that were available at the session (plus a few more!) online on our OurSharedResources.com page. Please use your member password to access the compilation (refer to your member benefits email for the password). All the resources are listed under Inclusion and Accessibility.   

  

A special thank you to all of our presenters! Please consider them all as resources to help make your volunteer programs more inclusive.

  • Trish Gustaitis, Work Study Coordinator, Bloomington High School South
    1965 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401

    (812) 330-7714 ext. 51019

    pgustait@mccsc.edu
  • Kayle Lewis, Vocational Coordinator, College Internship Program
    (812) 323-0600 ext. 19

    klewis@cipbloomington.org
  • Eric Ford, Hand in Hand Coordinator, Stone Belt
    (812) 332-2168 ext. 287

    eford@stonebelt.org
  • Jeanne Gunning, Volunteer Coordinator, WonderLab
    (812) 337-1337 ext. 21

    jeanne@wonderlab.org
We invite you to start thinking about ways to incorporate disability diversity into your volunteer programs!

 

Bloomington Bicycle Club Grants Available
Deadline Dec. 31
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: bloomingtonbicycleclub.org/grants
or emailing: grants@bloomingtonbicycleclub.org

 

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