Ways to Give Back to the Btown Community

Hey you-- yeah you, there-- do you want to volunteer for a cause you're passionate about? Don't know where to start? Well, I've compiled some links for you here to make exploring the options a little easier. There are so many great organizations and events to volunteer with here in town, so I can only list a fraction of them here. But go out, explore, and find something you love! 

A sampling of options-

Shalom Community Center--

homelessness and poverty

 http://shalomcommunitycenter.org/

Habitat for Humanity--

affordable housing

http://www.monroecountyhabitat.org/

Interfaith Winter Shelter (won't be running until winter)--

homelessness

http://interfaithwintershelter.org/

Middle Way House-- 

stopping violence and abuse

http://www.middlewayhouse.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters--

mentoring children

www.bbbssci.org/

City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainaibility 

green initiatives

http://bloomington.in.gov/sustainability

Bloomington Animal Shelter

caring for community animals 

http://bloomington.in.gov/sections/viewSection.php?section_id=304

Other Ways to Volunteer

  • Give blood
  • Schedule events with school or church groups or friends to promote service days
  • Join a service fraternity
  • Support IUDM 
  • Go out to eat on a proceeds night when a restaurant is giving a percentage of sales to a certain cause
  • Donate food/personal products to food banks or community shelters
  • Find a way to volunteer to share your talents with others-- sing, dance, act, bike, play, write-- do whatever you do best!
  • Tutor a child or a fellow IU student
  • Visit a nursing home 
  • Help out with events around town like Lotus Fest 
  • Start an organization of your own 

The possibilities are endless, my friends! 

-Kaylee

For more resources and getting connected, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/volunteer/

About The Author
Kaylee DolenEnvironmental Management with Spanish and Latino Studies ~ Class of 2015

Jubilee College Ministries and First United Methodist Church, Amnesty International, Invisible Children, Global Village LLC

people person. tree hugger. activist. foodie. dinosaur. 

have a lovely day!