Monday, April 27, 2009

Fairview Elementary- Annual PTO Sidewalk Sale

Fairview Elementary would love for anyone to help out with their Annual PTO Sidewalk Sale!! It takes place on May 2nd.

If you are interested, contact Sarah Pennal: for more information!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


In preparation for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, we have 50,000 postcards to staple to folded grocery bags so that they can be distributed throughout mailboxes in Bloomington.


Feel free to come by anytime this week between 9:30am and 5pm to STAPLE STAPLE STAPLE!!

Call Kim at 334-8374.

We still need help the day of the Food Drive!

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Help your neighborhood letter carrier pick up food donations and/or assist at the post offices by receiving and sorting all the donations.
Pick-ups begin at 10am; Shifts at the post offices are roughly from 12-3 and 2-5.

If you are interested in helping with the NALC food drive, reply to this email or call Kim at 334-8374 TODAY!

For more information about the food drive, visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Public Library Volunteer Training!

Does the sight of shelves full of books excite you?
If so, this may be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!

Monroe County Public Library is holding two separate training sessions for individuals looking to become circulation volunteers!

The training sessions are April 14th from 7-8 pm and May 12th from 10-11 am! Volunteers must attend a training session before they can volunteer at the library.

For more information, contact:
Sue Sater, Volunteer Coordinator, (812) 349-3050 or visit the Monroe County Public Library website at

PALS Training Coming Up!

Do you love working with animals? Want to help make a difference? Learn how you can help by attending People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) training on Saturday, April 25th, from 1-4 pm.

PALS volunteers will assist children and adults with disabilities in learning how to ride horses. Horse riding can be therapeutic and have many positive effects. Volunteer responsibilities include leading horses & side-walking riders during lessons. Volunteers also help groom, saddle, train, care for horses and help with barn chores.

Don't be discouraged if you have never worked with horses before... No horse experience necessary!

All volunteers must attend a training session before they can begin volunteering with pals.

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

Back to Earth Week!

Are you feeling like starting Earth Week a day early this year???

On April 18th, from 10 am to 2 pm, volunteers will help clean up Bloomington's
McDoel Gardens southwest-side neighborhood!

Volunteers will pick up litter and debris from neighborhood streets as well as part of the creek that runs through this area. It will be an excellent outdoor activity for the fabulous weather being anticipated!

Lunch will be provided by the neighborhood association at 12pm!

The event will be held at 512 W. Allen St., Bloomington, IN 47403

For more information, contact:
Paul T. Ash at (812) 333-8084

New Monroe County Youth & Community Center!

There is a NEW Youth & Community Center opening in Ellettsville on April 13!!!

This community center will serve as an after school center for youths of Monroe County. It will primarily be run by the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington!

Volunteers are needed to interact with youth, playing board games and other games, supervising them during arts, crafts and snack time; sharing talents and interests, implementing new programs, changing bulletin boards, cleaning and organizing rooms, providing tutoring and homework help and being a mentor.

Shift hours and days vary, and there are opportunities for both long and short-term volunteering!

All volunteers must have a background check and go through orientation.

For more information, contact:
Amy Matney, Unit Director, (812) 332-5311

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bike Riding!

Do you love to ride a bike? Do you ride to class, to eat, and for fun? Are you training to ride in Little 500? If so - you can help share your love of bike-riding with children by teaching them how to ride a bike!

Volunteers are needed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 11-13 from 4-5:30 pm each day!

Beginning bicycle riders (the kids) will be prepared to spend the entire summer cruising on their bicycles after this kickoff to Bloomington Bikes Week! Volunteers will teach participants how to confidently and safely ride their bikes through individual instruction, and also about bike maintenance, road safety, and proper bike and helmet fittings. Each child then receives a free bike helmet and must bring a bicycle without training wheels.

All the action will be taking place at Bryan Park Pool, 1000 S. Woodlawn Ave. in the parking lot!

For more information or to sign up, please contact Kim Ecenbarger at

Earth Week!


We will be updating the blog with activities during this week that you can participate in to help clean up the Earth (in Bloomington :) )

1. You can begin your Earth Week celebration on April 19th between 1pm and 3pm by helping clean up Lower Cascades Creek Trail.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature at one of Bloomington’s most beautiful parks! Help maintain the beautiful trails with a spring clean up of Lower Cascades Creek Trail. Bags and gloves to use for clean up will be provided!

2. You can continue your Earth Week cleanup on Thursday April 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm at Griffy Lake. Volunteers will use paddles and boats to paddle around the lake and help clean it up! All bags, gloves, and boats will be provided!

For more information or to sign up for any of these programs email: Kim Ecenbarger at

Go Green (and Pink) Around B-Town and Help the Boys and Girls Club!

A new Schwinn Motor Scooter has been donated to the Boys and Girls Club with the challenge of using it to raise support!
The Club needs your to help to raise support by selling raffle tickets in order to raffle off the scooter and raise money for the Club!

The raffle will end before finals! We have a venue at the College Mall to sell tickets from and volunteers could easily work from there, in short shifts, on weekends through April.

If you're interested in helping the Boys and Girls Club raise money - and you have a few hours to spare during any weekend in April, please contact:

Chris Tann
Unit Director
BGC Bloomington
812-332-5311 ext. 13

If you have any problems, feel free to email with questions!

Middle Way House Training

What: Middle Way Domestic Violence Training for Volunteers

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 219 E. 4th Street at the First United Methodist Church
Across from the downtown post office

Middle Way House is seeking new volunteers to help maintain the level of service that they provide to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Both women and men are strongly encouraged to attend the training. They have volunteers opportunities in over 20 different program areas including: crisis line, childcare, tutoring, legal advocacy, community reception, and youth mentoring.

No registration is needed for the training.

More info: (812) 337-4510