Guest Column: CDFI Friendly Bloomington Funds Overlooked Projects
Banking rules and regulations often prevent underserved communities from getting financing for needed programs. Without investments, projects to assist in affordable housing, develop small businesses, create community facilities, and support the arts go unrealized. Writer Rachel Glago explains how an innovative financial model, a nonprofit called CDFI Friendly Bloomington, expands opportunities for low-wealth communities. Click here to read more.
Three Minutes in McDoel Gardens
In Trent Deckard’s second neighborhood tour for Limestone Post, he shows us the tight-knit community of McDoel Gardens. Since the 1800s, the historic Bloomington neighborhood has been diverse and vibrant. Today, it’s home to some of Bloomington’s most vigorous startups and nonprofits, classic bungalow and gable-el homes, parks, and artwork. Click here to watch the video.
Stirring the Pot: A Trio of Treats
Ruthie Cohen says volunteering at Habitat for Humanity is both humbling and empowering. But her biggest contribution isn’t hanging doors or framing sheds — although she has learned such skills (more or less). Rather, the skill she brings to the worksite has helped her find a home among her fellow volunteers. Click here to read the full story.
Three Minutes in Maple Heights
In this Limestone Post series, local videographer Trent Deckard takes us on three-minute tours of neighborhoods in Bloomington and surrounding communities. Deckard’s first visit is to Maple Heights, a discrete neighborhood on the north side of downtown Bloomington. After talking to some of the “genuinely sweet people who live there,” Deckard says he’d like to live there, too. “No — seriously,” he says, “I want to live there.” Click here to watch the video.