Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Going to be Around But Have No Spring Break Plans??

<--- If you will not be seeing any of these over the Spring Break week... Here are some different activities you can partake in to help the week go by a little quicker if you are staying around Bloomington!


Girls Inc. will be running a Spring Break day camp for our members Monday March 16th through Friday March 20th. We are from 7:30am-6pm.

Volunteers are needed to supervise girls and help with activities. Activities may include games, art projects, and field trips in the Bloomington Community. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can ensure adequate supervision for our program. We welcome volunteers from IU and the Bloomington Community. This is a great opportunity for students who need volunteer hours for classes but are too busy to volunteer during the semester.

There will be a short orientation for volunteers the week before Spring Break. Volunteers are required to fill out a criminal history background check. All volunteers at Girls Inc. should share our dedication to providing new experiences and building confidence in girls. No prior experience working with children is necessary.

When: Mar 16, 17, 18 7:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Contact: Rachel Dotson, Director Of Program Services , (812) 336-7313


The Monroe County YMCA SPLASH program Morning & Afternoon Shifts Available!

The YMCA SPLASH program is a free class available to non-swimmers between the ages of 6-10. The goal is to help them be safe in and around water. YMCA Staff will lead the class and volunteers assist the kids with the skills in the water.

SPLASH is held Monday - Thursday during Spring Break. There is a morning session (8:45-10:45am) and an evening session (4:45-6:45pm).

Volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Application prior to volunteering. Volunteers should feel comfortable in the water.

Contact Person: Mandy McGhee, Volunteer Coordinator, (812) 332-5555 ext. 235

What's March 7th? Dr. Seuss' Birthday, of course!

Volunteer at Seusspicious Behavior March 7!

Don't sit home with nothing to do! Come celebrate with a birthday whoo-hoo! Visit the Monroe County Public Library for a Read Across America birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. Come see a Seusstacular live performance, make Seusspicious crafts and play games-or even be a game piece on a life-size game board!

When: Saturday, Mar 07, 2009

12:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Contact: Kim Ecenbarger, Volunteer Coordinator
(812) 349-3739

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Habitat's ReStore Warehouse

Warehouse Donation/Pick-Up

Help out in the warehouse, moving newly priced items out to the floor, helping donors by bringing donations into the intake area, and assist the Donation/Intake staff with paperwork, pricing, cleaning, etc. Assist with pick ups of donated materials by traveling with the driver on pick ups. Load donated items onto the truck, and unload at ReStore.

Must be able to lift 60 lbs. and enjoy working in areas that are not always clean (often donors are in the midst of remodeling and it can be messy!)

Contact: Alexis Maegerlein, Volunteer Coordinator

Love Horses? Love Helping People?

Therapeutic Horse Riding Volunteer Training - March 7

People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) is offering a new volunteer training on March 7 from 1-4 p.m. for anyone interested in becoming involved in PALS or therapeutic riding.

Volunteers help children/adults with disabilities learn how to ride horses. Responsibilities include leading horses & side-walking riders during lessons. Volunteers may also groom, saddle, train, care for horses and help with barn chores.

No horse experience necessary!

A commitment of 3-4 hours per week is requested. Volunteers must attend a volunteer training and be over the age of 14.

Contact Fern Bonchek: 812-336-2798, to RSVP for the training and to request a volunteer packet. View for more information.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Training for WonderLab is Fast Approaching!

WonderLab is a great place for kids to get hands-on experiences with science, technology, and most importantly FUN! If you like working with kids, would like to be a mentor, and enjoy having fun with your hands, this is a great place for you! Volunteer training is quickly approaching so sign-up fast!
Training sessions for WonderLab will be held Feb. 12th, and Mar. 11th from 5:30 - 7:30.
(you only have to attend one!)

For more information and sign-ups visit this website:

Help Feed the Elderly and Disabled

Area 10 Agency on Aging has a food pantry that is in need of volunteers of all kinds.

In order to serve their clientele of over 200 homebound elderly and disabled persons, Area 10 is seeking out regular and substitute delivery drivers to distribute food to homes.

Don't have a car? Don't worry. Area 10 is also in need of shoppers that pick out food for delivery from the local Hoosier Hills Food Bank once a week and callers who can remind clients when their food will be delivered to them.

All of these positions only require a couple of hours each month so even if you're busy, you can still make a difference!

For more information, contact:

Christine McKenna, Volunteer Coordinator of Area 10

You can email her at this website:

or call Area 10 Agency on Aging at (812) 876-3383

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of the Soup Bowl Benefit in Bloomington. It is an annual event that brings together local artisans who contribute hundreds of handmade pottery bowls, two dozen local restaurants which provide an extraordinary array of delicious soups, a few local bakers that donate hundreds of loaves of bread, live musical entertainment, WFIU's Joe Bourne as emcee, and over 600 attendees. And all the proceeds benefit Hoosier Hills food bank. This year's Soup Bowl takes place on February 15th, and begins at 5:00 pm. They are still in need of volunteers to work various shifts between 2 pm and 8 pm. If you are interested in volunteering to the backdrop of live music and great food, contact:

Kim Kanney, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator

Her phone number is: 812.334.8374 or Email at:

Ladies: is softball your game of choice? If so, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you. Bloomington Girl's Fastpitch Softball Season is quickly approaching and they are in need of coaches. The league is set up for (and coaches are needed for) every skill set and for girls ages 5-15 years old. So if you're looking for a way to get back involved in softball, here is your chance!

Coaches would step in as a season-long coach and teach the game of fastpitch softball. They would plan practices by integrating various drills and prepare their team for game competition.

The sign-up deadline is: Friday, March 13 and prospective coaches are expected to attend one informational meeting. Either:

Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. or

Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m.

Coaches will be chosen by Wednesday, March 25.

And your team's practices begin the week of March 30.

This is an excellent opportunity to be a positive mentor for young girls and to share your love and knowledge of softball with them.

For more information email: