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Get Ready for National Volunteer Week 2012
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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

Mayor's Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement
Nomination Deadline Dec. 16

In celebration of Bloomington's tradition of volunteer and civic service, nominations are being sought for the 2012 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. Nominees are being sought in the following categories:  

  • Individual Young Adult (age 25 and under);
  • Individual Adult (age 26 and over);
  • Group Student Organizations; and
  • Group Community-based organizations.

Applications are available at or at the Community and Family Resources Department, 401 N. Morton Street, Suite 260, and the deadline for submitting applications is December 16, 2011, at 5 p.m.

The purpose of the Award is to acknowledge
Bloomington residents, who, through their commitment to community service, have significantly improved civic life in Bloomington. Individuals or organizations demonstrate commitment to civic engagement by personifying the notion of "public good vs. private gain" and by identifying and addressing issues of public concern. Examples of such involvement include efforts to address an issue, working with others in a community to solve a problem, or interacting with the institutions of a representative democracy.

Individual nominees must be residents of
Bloomington; group nominees must perform work or services within the Bloomington city limits. Individuals and groups may be nominated by any member of the community or City of Bloomington staff, commission, or committee members.

For additional information, please contact Beverly Calendar-Anderson at 349-3560 or at


Apply for 180 Degrees Consulting to Assist Your Nonprofit
Nomination Deadline Dec. 10

180 Degrees Consulting is a student-run international pro-bono consultancy, with seven established branches across the world. Indiana University is home to the first American branch.  Teams of highly qualified IU students work throughout the semester with non-profits to identify and overcome specific challenges they are facing, in order to generate a greater social impact.


Client applications are open until December 10th. Link: They will be accepting 15 clients for Spring 2012. They offer a broad range of consulting services in areas such as Human Resources, Financial Analysis, Information Technology, Operations, and Client Analysis and Development.  180 Degrees recognizes the need to provide a high standard of consulting services. It is for this reason that students are required to undergo a rigorous selection process and then engage in quality training before they are eligible to consult.


This past Fall, they worked on 10 projects, including: 

  • operational analysis, rebranding, and partnership strategies for Jill's House
  • cost analysis, awareness, and volunteer management for Pet's Alive
  • branding, event efficiency, and fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters





Volunteer Managers - Ways to Protect Your Position
This month's Hot Topic from Susan J. Ellis of Energize, Inc. focuses on ways to protect your position as a Volunteer Resource Manager.

Part-time Volunteer Management Means Equally Limited Volunteer Involvement
by Susan J. Ellis

There is a serious disconnect between an organization's desire to engage volunteers and an understanding of how much expertise and time are needed to assure success.  Even in the best economy, what a volunteer services manager actually does is only vaguely understood by colleagues and executives - and rarely valued. So when budgets are cut back, this position is quickly on the list of less "essential" staff, more of a luxury than a necessity. So, are we surprised that decision makers cut back on volunteer management when trying to trim the budget of anything nice but not essential? Continue...


Event Planning Service Learning Students Available
Deadline Dec. 12
For Your Spring Event!
An Event-Planning course in the School of HPER is looking for community agencies who would like a team of (4-5) IU students to assist them in developing, conducting, managing, and evaluating an event. The students would also do 20 hours of direct service at the agency over the course of the spring semester (2 hours/week for 10 weeks). It is expected that the students will put their creativity and energy to work to develop a professional-quality program for their community partner. If you are interested in working with students in this class, please contact Andrew Libby, , in the IU Service-Learning Program by Monday, December 12.


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The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network is a program of the
Community and Family Resources Department at the City of Bloomington.
phone: (812) 349-3433