Watching Bloomington

Watching Bloomington

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Join host Barry Lessow each Sunday morning as he brings stories and has conversations with guests about area non-profit agencies helping local people. Tune in to stay informed and stay involved with this community-oriented show, both on-air and through the podcast episodes here.

2-14-21

This week Denise talks with Gabe Gloden from Cardinal Stage. Cardinal Stage produces high-quality professional theater that engages audiences and strengthens the cultural, educational and economic vibrancy of South Central Indiana.

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3-21-21

March 21st, 2021 12:00am

This week guest host Denise speaks with Emily Pike, the executive director for New Hope for Families. The two discuss the roles "New Hope" plays within the community and the programs the group provides.

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3-14-21

March 14th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Tyler Garzinski, Development Associate with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana.

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3-7-21

March 7th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Talisha Coppock, the Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington Inc about the ways the Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the way things are working in the heart of our city.

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2-28-21

February 28th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with June Taylor, the Volunteer Coordinator at Community Kitchen of Monroe County. The two speak on the role the organization plays within the community and the difficulties of distributing food within the community.

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2-21-21

February 21st, 2021 12:00am

Guest Host Denise welcomes Efrat Feferman the executive director of United Way Monroe County. The two discuss the current landscape of the area during the Covid 19 Pandemic. How it affects local non-profits, and how you can help in the fight against coronavirus.

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2-14-21

February 14th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Gabe Gloden from Cardinal Stage. Cardinal Stage produces high-quality professional theater that engages audiences and strengthens the cultural, educational and economic vibrancy of South Central Indiana.

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2-7-21

February 7th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Heather Robinson, Interim President and CEO of the Bloomington Health Foundation. Bloomington Health Foundation, formerly called Bloomington Hospital Foundation, has been the local philanthropic expert for improving community health for more than 50 years.

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1-31-21

January 31st, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Rebecca Warren from the Monroe County Humane Association. They'll talk about the programs and emphasis of the organization and how they serve our area.

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1-24-21

January 24th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Stephanie Shelton from Life Designs. They'll talk about the changes to this years Week Of Chocolate Events

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1-17-21

January 17th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Kara Baertsch. A certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Apporoved Consultant. She is the President of Mental Health America/Monroe County and Co-Chair of the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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1-10-21

January 10th, 2021 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Scott Albers and Jo Gilbertson from St Vincent DePaul in Bloomington. The society of St. Vincent de Paul is an all-volunteer organization that serves the poor and unfortunate here in Monroe County, Indiana. Although a primarily Catholic-led organization, they welcome volunteers who are dedicated to the principles of spirituality, friendship, and service.

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1-3-21

January 3rd, 2021 12:00am

This week guest host Denise speaks with Emily Pike, the executive director for New Hope for Families. The two discuss the roles "New Hope" plays within the community and the programs the group provides.

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12-27-2020

December 27th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Leslie Abshier, the Resource Development Director with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth in our local community .

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12-20-2020

December 20th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Chris Meyers, the Executive Director for the Area 10 Agency on Aging. Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, nonprofit organization serving Monroe and Owen Counties. Their mission is to serve as a leader in providing resources, solutions and connections for seniors, persons with disabilities and family caregivers living in Monroe and Owen counties.

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12-13-2020

December 13th, 2020 12:00am

Guest Host Denise welcomes Efrat Feferman the executive director of United Way Monroe County. The two discuss the current landscape of the area during the Covid 19 Pandemic. How it affects local non-profits, and how you can help in the fight against coronavirus.

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12-06-2020

December 6th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with Tim Clower from the Community Kitchen of Monroe County. The two speak on the role the organization plays within the community and the difficulties of distributing food within the community.

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11-22-20

November 22nd, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with the Executive Director of Reimagining opera for kids, Kimberly Carballo. Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK) is a non-profit community arts and education organization based in Bloomington, IN.

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11-15-20

November 15th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Mary Jean Howlager and Madison Silvers from Monroe County United Ministries. Monroe County United Ministries creates lasting solutions to economic, educational and social injustice in our community through quality services, collaboration and innovation.

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11-08-20

November 8th, 2020 12:00am

This week guest host Denise talks to Penny Caudill, the Administrator for the Monroe County Health Department. The two discuss the importance of flu shots and tips for staying healthy!

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11/02/2020

November 2nd, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talk with Jake Bruner, the Director of Development and Administration for Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides over four million pounds of food annually to over 100 other non-profits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children, and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.

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10-18-20

October 18th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with O'Connell Case, the Director of Catholic Charities Bloomington. They talk about Catholic Charities Bloomington and how they are working within our community to help those in need.

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10-11-20

October 11th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Talisha Coppock, the Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington Inc about the ways the Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the way things are working in the heart of our city.

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10-04-20

October 4th, 2020 12:00am

This week guest host Denise speaks with Emily Pike, the executive director for New Hope for Families. The two discuss the roles "New Hope" plays within the community and the programs the group provides.

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9-20-20

September 20th, 2020 12:00am

Guest Host Denise welcomes Efrat Feferman the executive director of United Way Monroe County. The two discuss the current landscape of the area during the Covid 19 Pandemic. How it affects local non-profits, and how you can help in the fight against coronavirus.

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9-13-20

September 13th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Wendi Goodlett, the local director of Habitat for Humanity in Monroe County. They talk about all the work that Habitat does in our community and how they are continuing that work during the Covid19 pandemic.

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8-30-20

August 30th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Nick Minaudo with Indiana Legal Services. They talk about the mission of Indiana Legal Services and their work to help Hoosiers during difficult times.

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8-23-20

August 23rd, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Kyle Davern, the manager for The Walk to End Alzheimer's for the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Indiana Chapter. They talk about the walk itself and the needs of the Alzheimer's Association, both locally and nationally.

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8-16-20

August 16th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Leslie Green, the CEO of Stonebelt. Stonebelt makes a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. it is their mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower, and support people with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community.

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8-9-20

August 9th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Lauren Dexter-Burns, Director of Marketing and Events for the Bloomington Health Foundation. They talk about the upcoming virtual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer and what the Bloomington Health Foundation does for our community.

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7-26-20

July 26th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Courtney Payne-Taylor, the Operations Director with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth in our local community.

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7-12-20

July 12th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Susan Dyer, the director of the Monroe County History Center. They talk about the exhibits on display and much more.

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7-5-20

July 5th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Kristin Bishay, the Executive Director of Monroe County CASA. Monroe County CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of abuse and neglect. The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana.

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6-28-20

June 28th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise talks with Lisa Champeli the children's strategist for the Monroe County Library. They talk about many of the ways the Monroe County Public Library serves children and families in our community.

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6-21-20

June 21st, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Chris Meyers, the Executive Director for the Area 10 Agency on Aging. Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, nonprofit organization serving Monroe and Owen Counties. Their mission is to serve as a leader in providing resources, solutions and connections for seniors, persons with disabilities and family caregivers living in Monroe and Owen counties.

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6-14-20

June 14th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talk with Katie Broadfoot, Mary Jean Holwager, and Madison Silvers from Monroe County United Ministries. They talk about the ways in which MCUM helps people in our community...from the food bank to learning center and much more.

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6-7-20

June 7th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Tyler Garzinski, Development Associate with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana.

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5-31-20

May 31st, 2020 07:00am

Guest Host Denise welcomes Efrat Feferman the executive director of United Way Monroe County. The two discuss the current landscape of the area during the Covid 19 Pandemic. How it affects local non-profits, and how you can help in the fight against coronavirus.

Listen   |   Download

5-24-20

May 24th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with John Barada, President and CEO of the Bloomington Health Foundation. Bloomington Health Foundation, formerly called Bloomington Hospital Foundation, has been the local philanthropic expert for improving community health for more than 50 years.

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5-17-20

May 17th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talk with Jake Bruner, the Director of Development and Administration for Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides over four million pounds of food annually to over 100 other non-profits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children, and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually.

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5-10-20

May 10th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Nancy Richman, the Project Director with Healthnet Bloomington, whose mission is to improve lives with compassionate health care and support services, regardless of the ability to pay. Healthnet Bloomington was formerly known locally as Volunteers in Medicine.

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5-3-20

May 1st, 2020 07:02am

This week Denise talks with Melissa Lewis, the executive Director of Pets Alive about the changes they have made during the Covid-19 pandemic to continue to serve our area. Pets Alive is a non-profit spay and neuter clinic here in Bloomington

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Watching Bloomington 4-26-20

April 26th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Talisha Coppock, the Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington Inc about the ways the Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the way things are working in the heart of our city.

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Watching Bloomington 4-19-20

April 19th, 2020 12:00am

Guest Host Denise welcome Efrat Feferman the executive director of United Way Monroe County. The two discuss the current landscape of the area during the Covid 19 Pandemic. How it affects local non-profits, and how you can help in the fight against coronavirus.

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Watching Bloomington 3-22-20

March 24th, 2020 08:00am

This week Denise talks with Kara Baertsch, president of Mental Health Monroe County about the mental aspects of dealing with coronavirus.

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Watching Bloomington 3-15-20

March 16th, 2020 07:00am

This week Denise talks with Courtney Stewart, the Purdue Extension health and human sciences coordinator.

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Watching Bloomington 3-8-20

March 8th, 2020 12:01am

Denise Lessow speaks with the Executive Director of Reimagining opera for kids, Kimberly Carballo. ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids is a non-profit community arts and education organization based in Bloomington, IN.

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Watching Bloomington 3-1-20

March 1st, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with Vicki Pierce the Executive Director at Community Kitchen of Monroe County. The two speak on the role the organization plays within the community and the difficulties of distributing food within the community.

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Watching Bloomington 2-23-20

February 23rd, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with Andrea Hadsell, the education manager of the Monroe County History Center. The two discuss the logistics of the center and Monroe County history.

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Watching Bloomington 2-9-20

February 9th, 2020 12:00am

This week Denise speaks with Patt McCafferty the director of financial aid at Ivy Tech. The two discuss Pat's role as director as well as the fun and interesting opportunities that Ivy Tech offers.

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Watching Bloomington 2-2-2020

February 2nd, 2020 12:00am

Today, Denise interviews Stephanie Shelton the Director of Development for LIFEDesigns. Stephanie explains what LIFEDesigns does as well as the origin story behind the nonprofit.

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