Reading, Writing, & Bidding – BID for the Kids!

The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools needs your help. As we provide vital resources and educational materials for all MCCSC students and teachers through the pandemic, we are hosting our 9th annual Reading, Writing, Bidding online auction. The auction is live November 30th – December 9th.  Your BID will help support the educational resources needed in our classrooms to keep our students safely learning.  Register to bid, or donate an in-kind gift or service on our auction website:   

Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 – your support will make a difference. 

For more information about the Foundation and how you can help please visit our website at


Christmas with the Ponies

We could all use a little holiday cheer! Join People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) for Christmas with the Ponies at 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12th. Masks and physical distancing are required.

The entry fee is $5/person (2 and under are free). Your entry fee includes a photo with a horse. There will be free take-home activity kits for kids and cookies for sale. Horse rides and grooming sessions are available at an additional cost; you must sign up and pay in advance at

See you at the barn!

About PALS: PALS is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center located in Bloomington, IN. We provide therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted equine activities to people with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens, and at-risk youth.


Christmas For The Kids

Christmas for the Kids Charity Christmas Auction is December 6 starting at 1 pm.

Live auction starts at 2 pm silent auction at 1 pm. Accepting applications starting this week.  Applications are limited this year.  We are also accepting new toys to be donated as well as donations for our auction.

You can contact Jarrod Elkins at 8123407408 or email for more information.


City Parks Department Launches Website to Connect A Fair of the Arts Customers with Local Artisans

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, like dozens of other art fair event planners, opted not to hold the monthly A Fair of the Arts art and fine craft fair last summer due to concerns and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To give customers opportunities to support local small businesses and the arts, the Department created a website that features links to the websites of more than 50 area artisans and studios. Shoppers who would ordinarily visit the in-person A Fair of the Arts can shop and buy directly from their favorite artist or fine craftsperson safely from a physically distanced, internet-enabled device like a smartphone or tablet.

The website,, is a stunning collection of gallery images and lists of artists and studios divided by their type of work. Shoppers may browse through categories including clay, glass, jewelry, woodwork and metalwork, personal care, fiber arts, drawing/painting/photography, natural materials, and recycled arts.

"Artists have had few opportunities to sell their work over the past six months, and patrons of local artists and the arts have had few opportunities to see what artists have created, and to buy locally made, unique items. As we move toward the holidays and gift-giving seasons, we hope this website will help connect shoppers to the local art community," said Crystal Ritter, program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department's A Fair of the Arts.

The website will remain live through Nov. 27.

Local artisans, as well as local farm vendors and food and beverage artisans, will have an in-person opportunity to demonstrate and sell their products at the annual Holiday Market, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St. The Holiday Market takes place entirely outside at Showers Common. For more information about the Holiday Market, visit


Boxes Needed for Pantry 279 Distribution Days

Pantry 279 is in need of medium to large size boxes, as they go through 100 - 120 per day to package and deliver food to their food pantry clients.

If you have boxes, please take them to the Pantry 279 at 501 E Temperance Street in Ellettsville on Saturdays. Boxes can be accepted between 10 a.m-2 p.m. Earlier the better so we can pack them for the drive-through pickups.


The Crestmont Community Food & Supplies Drive

There is a concentrated effort to bring much-needed groceries and supplies to Boys & Girls Club member families living in the Crestmont Community. Nearly 60 families have already benefited from this initiative, and the efforts have now even expanded to serve Lincoln Street Club families in need!
Drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Crestmont Club (1111 W. 12th Street).
Deliveries will be made to families in-need every Friday.

If you would like to help, the online list of needs and a signup sheet are available at


Bloomington Park and Recreation's Banneker Teen Institute

This Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Banneker Teen Insitute is a drop-in program for students ages 12 through 17. The after-school 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


Volunteer Opportunities

Bloomington Volunteer Network

Looking to volunteer in our community? Various organizations have a variety of ongoing needs. To check out opportunities, go to

You can also check out their calendar for a variety of events put on by non-profit organizations!


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community. To get involved by donating or volunteering, go to


Alzheimer's Association


The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter hosts support groupS across the state for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Support groups are free and designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. 


Bloomington Spouse Support Group

IU Health Hospital, Community Health Building

333 Miller Drive

First and third Wednesday of the month at 3:30pm

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