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MCCSC Public Discussion

On Wednesday, February 27th, the Monroe County Community School Corporation, Indiana University School of Education, and the Indiana Coalition for Public Education of Monroe County will host a disscussion with Indiana State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. The event will be held at the MCCSC Co-Lab on 553 E Miller Dr. and is from 6:00-7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. 


Rescue Me Ministries

Rescue Me Ministries will be at Highland Faith Assembly of God. March 3rd at 6pm. Bryan and Yvonne Hutson (Rescue Me Ministries) are gifted speakers and vocalists who are committed to sharing the love of Christ through song, word and personal testimony. They are a Christian couple committed to encouraging, strenghening and challenging other couples to FIGHT for their marriage and family.

Highland Faith is located at 4782 W St. Rd. 48 

For more information call Highland Faith Assembly @ 812-332-3707 


Financial Peace University

Josh Galyan will be hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University at Solsberry Christian Church (10825 E Christian Church Road Solsberry IN 47459) beginning March 7th.

The class will begin at 7:00 pm and will run for 9 weeks

Anyone interested in attending can contact Josh via call at 812-322-0340 or via email at 


Highland Park PTO Dine and Donate

- Donate while you Dine with Culvers of Bloomington on May 15th from 5-8pm

- A portion of all sales during this time will be donated to Highland Park

- Money raised form this event will be used to help pay for field trips, buses for field trips, and to stock the Teacher Supply Closet

- Come out and support Highland Park Elementary PTO!!


If you have any questions please contact Nicole Lynn at


Auction for the Accelerated Reading Program at Highland Park

2nd Annual Silent Auction and Spring Carnival on April 12th 6-8 pm at Highland Park Elementary School.

  • fun games and festivities for the family
  • Pizza X will be available to purchase
  • Items up for bid included 

- Abells Nursery Master Design

- Holiday World Tickets 

- Cincinatti Reds Tickets 

- French Lick Resort one night stay and one round of golf for two people

- Touchstone Massage gift certificate and many more items 


If there is any one (person or business) who has an product or service they would like to donate to auction off, please contact

All proceeds from the auction will be used to fund the Accelerated Reading Program at Highland Park. 


Bingo for Autism Awareness

“Bingo for Autism Awareness” is being held by the Bloomington Moose Lodge on Monday, March 4th. The doors open to the public at 5:30pm and bingo will begin at 6:30pm. The grand prize is a 55-60” FLAT SCREEN TV and other prizes will include brand name purses (Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, and Vera Bradley--some are knockoffs), Longaberger Baskets, and tools (Kobalt, Porter, Cable, etc). There will be no cash prizes at this event. All proceeds go to support, train and educate children with autism. Bloomington Moose Lodge is located at 840 S Cory Lane, Bloomington, Indiana. 


Alzheimer's Community Forum

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting a public forum to better understand the needs of Bloomington residents. The fourm provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to ask questions about the disease, share their personal experiences, and discover volunteer opportunities to support families affected by the disease. Your opinion is most valued, and we would love to have you in attendence. More information about the fourm can be found below.


Bloomington Community Forum

Tuesday, Febuary 12th--6:00pm-7:30pm at Lamkin Hall at Ivy Tech Bloomington

200 Daniels Way Bloomington, IN 47404


Seating is limited and we want to ensure you have a seat in the room. Please call 800-272-3900, visit or reply to this email to RSVP. 

If you choose to register through the website, please note that you will not be asked to either create and account or log-in with previous information. 


King's Daughter's 4th Annual Ladies' Conference

King's Daughters Ministry 'Arise Deborahs Arise,' is holding their 4th Annual Ladies' Conference on Saturday, February 23rd at the 4H fairgrounds in Bloomfield, IN. The conference will be from 9 am - 3 pm and lunch will be provided. The keynote speaker this year will be Whitney Putnam of Imperfectly Brave Ministry.


Admission is free and registration for the event can be done online at A teen break-out session will be held for ages 12-18. We will also be crowning one lovely lady as "Queen for the Day." When you register you can nominate someone on the website ( Find the button to click on the first page and it will take you to a page to write in your nomination and tell us why she deserves to be Queen. T-shirts can also be ordered prior to the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 812-798-4907. 


Wonderland Volunteer Session

Volunteers play an essential role in determining the quality of each visitor’s experience. Depending on age, volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills and/or mentor other volunteers. WonderLab’s volunteer team includes teens, college students, scientists, educators, business people, parents and retirees. Families and groups are welcome as volunteers.

Prior Registration for this Training IS Required.

New volunteers are required to submit the appropriate form below before registering to attend a training session.

  • Teens who wish to become museum volunteers must be at least entering grade 7 in the fall of the next school year. 
  • Individuals who are 18 or older should use the Adult Application. 
  • Teens who are applying for a WonderCamp summer internship must be entering grade 9 in the fall of the next school year. Special training sessions for these internships are listed on the application form.



View more about volunteering at Wonderlab at


New CASA Volunteer Training

Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is now accepting applications for the February/March 2019 training session. 

The next training is over three intensive weekends, February 15-17, February 21, 23-24 and February 28, March 2-3. Thursday and Friday night sessions are from 5:30-8:30. Weekend sessions are from 9 a.m. – 12, with the final Sunday session from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of abuse and neglect.  They provide support to these children to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. 

Right now there are over 90 children in Monroe County waiting for an advocate. 

To learn more about how you can give a child a voice, please visit or call 812-333-CASA(2272). 


Club Bigs Program

Volunteer mentors, age 18 and older are matched with a child who attends the Boys & Girls Club after school program. Matches meet at the Club and may spend time doing activities at the Club, play at the park across the street, or explore the neighborhood on foot.  Volunteers must be able to commit to meeting one hour a week during the week for at least one school year. 


Volunteer LIFE Mentor

This role is a one-on-one volunteer opportunity for individuals to encourage and mentor clients of LIFEDesigns. Hours volunteered will be determined entirely by the volunteer in conjunction with their mentee with a minimum of 4 hours a month. The amount of time you commit is up to you!

Volunteer LIFE Mentor’s are encouraged to engage in social activities (fishing, hiking, shopping, community events, ect) with LIFEDesigns clients that will encourage good health and wellness in the community while enhancing connection to the community.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will match you with a client to mentor that has similar likes, and will help ensure a good match.

Individuals who are organized, communicate well, have patience, flexibility, creativity, and an open mind are ideal candidates to be a successful LIFE mentors.

Have no training or experience with individuals that have disabilities?  Not a problem!  We will make sure that you are trained and ready for this new and rewarding experience and will be there along the way to help.


Middle Way House Pre-Service Training

This training provides a basic introduction to domestic violence and sexual violence, both as specific issues in the lives of community members/clients, and as social/structural problems. All volunteers with Middle Way House have to attend this training, but it can also be useful for anyone who works with people who might have experienced domestic violence or sexual violence at some point! See below for a sample outline--day-of times may be different, but all modules are covered at each training. 

All trainings are 9AM-5PM at the Bloomington Transit Center in the Multipurpose Room unless otherwise specified on our website.

Participants do not need to ring any materials other than note-taking supplies. All paperwork will be done at the training or afterwards.

Free parking is available along Washington, Lincoln, and Grant Streets, and the parking garage at 4th and Walnut is 50 cents per hour. Most buses also stop at the Transit Center on their routes.

Any questions can be directed to Evelyn at


PALS Volunteer Training

People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) is offering monthly volunteer trainings for individuals interested in participating in PALS therapeutic equine programs. Responsibilities include leading horses and/or side-walking for our clients during riding sessions. Volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with PALS clients, learn about therapeutic equine programs, and help groom, saddle, train, care for horses and help with barn chores. No horse experience necessary! 

Interested in becoming at PALS volunteer? Contact Leanna by emailing or via phone at 812-336-2798, ext. 0. You can also submit a volunteer application via the PALS website:

Facility located at 7644 W Elwren Road Bloomington, IN 47403


Black Angus Raffle

Do you want to customize your own meat and have it processed the way you want? The Indiana Rebels, a local 12u travel baseball team, is holding a fundraising raffle for a Black Angus Steer. It will amount to approximately 400 pounds of meat. The winner will be able to contact Wabash Clay Custom Meats to customize how you want the cuts of meat to be processed. The drawing will be held on February 1st. There are also small consolation prizes for other winners. Tickets are $10 each.
If you want to enter the raffle or have any questions please feel free to call 812-679-2294 or email 



Indiana Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Join us on February 16, 2019 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the Indiana Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Registration will be in the North Lobby of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 10:00am to 11:30am. The plunge will begin at 12 noon on the North Lawn of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The event is open to anyone.

All proceeds from this event benefit Special Olympics athletes in your community, giving them means to train locally and to compete at the local, area, and state level in a number of Olympic-type sports. To participate, each individual must raise a minimum of $75 in pledges to recieve the souvenir t-shirt.

There will be an After Spash Bash in the North Lobby of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall immediately following the plunge.

To register, or for more information, visit



Bloomington Park and Recreation's Banneker Teen Institute

This Bloomington Parks and Recration's Banneker Teen Insitute is a drop-in program for students ages 12 through 17. The afterschool sessions include homework help time, choice activities, weekly field trips, and free time guided by Banneker Community Center staff.

Volunteers are invited to engage with teens and serve as meaningful role models, assisting with academic tutoring and with leading clubs or recreation time anyone interested in volunteering can find out more information at


Salvation Army

Every day, The Salvation Army recieves hundreds of pounds of donated goods: clothing, furniture, electronics, art, jewelry and more. 


Your help is needed to help Salvation Army staff to recieve, sort, and hang these donated items and assist in making the store an attractive destination for customers. 


Every year, the Salvation Army saves thousands of pounds of materials from ending up in the landfill by selling what is good to the public at low prices. 


Those funds are used to support The Salvation Army's case management programs, empoyment programs, food pantry and financial assistance program - that support working families, the hungry, and the sick in our community. 


Put your sorting and merchandising skills to good use with the worthwhile opportunity to someone's trash into treasure in need in our community. 



LifeDesigns is a nonprofit that partners with people of all ages and abilities to lead meaningful and active lives. Their LIFE Enrichment Community Opportunities Program is a 100% community-based education program, designed to be an alternative to traditional facility-based programs. Individuals interested in volunteering to share their skills or talents, such as cooking, dancing, or jewelry making, are invited to host their own class for LifeDesigns customers once a week for at least a semester. Individuals can also encourage meaningful participation by customers in classes that are already scheduled. Especially needed are volunteers from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA to play basketball or excercise with customers. An interview, orientation and training, and background check are required.


Discover what you're looking for at or call 812-349-3433.


IU Campus Children's Center Volunteers

Do you enjoy spending time iwht young children? Are you age 55 or older? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, the children in a classroom at the IU Campus Children's center would love to have you volunteer to share your time with them.

The Campus Children's Center provides the Indiana University community with quality year-round early care and education from children ages 6 weeks through 5 years- serving families of IU student, staff, and faculty members.

Volunteers enjoy playing, reading and reading, and occasionally working on projects with the children.

Find out more information at


Middle Way House

Middle Way House is seeking fabric artists and sponsors for their 2018-2019 "Wrapped in Love" public art display of tree sweaters. The sweaters will be displayed for nearly six months, from October, 2018 through March 1st, 2019. For more information about volunteering to help create sweaters, act as an instructor, or sponsor a tree, contract Erin Holinden at Events at or call 812-333-7404.


WonderLab Museum


Wonders of Nature

Every Saturday 2PM-2:45 PM

Program Description: Have you ever wondered why dirt comes in different colors? What about why the sky is blue? If so, come and explore high and low at WonderLab’s newest program: Wonders of Nature! Based in the WonderGarden, we will learn how how everything in nature is connected. We will fly like the red-tail hawk, tunnel through dirt like the earthworms, and our knowledge of the outdoors will grow like the seeds we plant! Learning will take place in the form of hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts. Held in the WonderGarden (Rain or shine! Tent will be set up if raining. Cancellation dependent upon storms) Ticketed but FREE with museum admission.


STEM Sunday

Every Sunday 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Program Description: STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process. Emphasis is on this process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home”, but may include a take-home element. A simple goal/design challenge is introduced to guide the process and encourage engagement. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed and children as young as kindergarten can participate. Projects use simple, inexpensive materials, emphasizing that families can easily re-create the project at home.


Deep Diver

Wednesdays 5 PM-5:30 PM

Program Description:Join marine biologist Sam Couch to dive deeper into the science of our new coral reef. These 30 minute talks will feature hands-on elements, tours of our coral reef aquarium, insight from an expert, and time for questions. Each phase of the reef will have a different talk topic. Themes vary by month. Free with museum admission.


Area 10

Area 10 Agency on Aging is seeking individuals age 18 and above to support the Monroe and Owen County Adult Guardianship Program as volunteer advocates. 

Training is provided and a commitment of 6-10 hours per month is required. Apply now to join the next orientation and training group. Contact Area 10 Agency on Aging. 


Seekers of Serenity Nar-Anon Family Group

Affected by a Loved One’s Addiction?


Seekers of Serenity, the local Nar-Anon Family Group offers hope for relatives and friends of addicts, with their twelve-step program. Seekers of Serenity meets each Tuesday evening at 7:30pm at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, upstairs in Room 224.


For more information, call 812-339-8826


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