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The City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network has created a new initiative, called ONE Community, that is designed to make systemic changes to how people approach volunteerism. The initiative is a collaboration between the Volunteer Network and six nonprofits on the northwest side of Bloomington that focus on a shared vision of creating healthy, asset-rich, success-ready individuals, families, and youth.
By showing how our welfare is tied to everyone else’s, ONE Community is a way in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Whether through work, during personal time, in your neighborhood, or in the world at large, you have the opportunity to transform and unite your community.
The ONE Community initiative wants to change the “us and them” feeling in the community by creating a shift in how we perceive and approach volunteering. Along with members of its six partner organizations — Banneker Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, Fairview Elementary School, Girls Inc., Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), and South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) — it has created a website and the following videos to introduce you to the groups and show how you can help. As Volunteer Network Assistant Director Lucy Schaich says, focusing on this initiative and the work these organizations do “is imperative for our community.”
The videos were made by filmmaker Miles Reiter, written by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network in association with each of the partner organizations, and produced by Limestone Post Magazine.
Banneker Community Center
Banneker Community Center has a lending library, a playroom stocked with toys, and activities for kids of all ages.
930 W. 7th St.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington includes three locations that provide after-school programming for just $20 per year.
803 N. Monroe St.
Fairview Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School partners with Indiana University, WonderLab, and other groups to offer arts-based activities with standards-based learning.
500 W. 7th Street
Girls Inc. runs day camps and after-school, sports-related, and other programming.
1108 W. Eighth St.
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) helps families plan for improved financial stability with food pantry access, clothing and household-good vouchers, rent and mortgage assistance, and more.
827 W. 14th Court
South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) connects low-income people with mentors and community resources to help them achieve “personal and economic independence.”
1500 W. 15th St.
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