The United Way logo—a human figure standing in a cupped hand, encircled by the arch of a rainbow—may be one of the country’s most recognizable branding images. But the local reach of its fundraising—how the money is actually used—doesn’t carry the same high profile.
Operating since the mid-1990s, the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) has long had a hand in helping advance community ventures like the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market and the Bloomington Bike Project. In 2008, the nonprofit organization’s efforts led the National Wildlife Federation to officially recognize Bloomington as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.
Since 2011, New Hope for Families has sheltered families experiencing homelessness, and Emily Pike has been a part of the nonprofit organization’s mission since she came on board in year two. Now, after serving as director of New Hope’s early childhood development program, she is the executive director, taking over in January after the departure of former director Elaine Guinn.
In this time of political discord, when it seems the two major parties find it hard to agree on anything and the media is frequently demonized, the fact that two senators from Indiana—Todd Young, a Republican, and Joe Donnelly, a Democrat—jointly introduced a bill honoring a deceased journalist might raise some eyebrows. But maybe it’s not so surprising when that newsman is Indiana University alum Ernie Pyle.
Moving is widely acknowledged to be one of life’s most traumatic events. Almost no one looks forward to it. Now, imagine not only moving all of your worldly possessions, but also nine pigs, eight chickens, five goats, four cats, three cows, and two dogs.
Beginning with this issue, Stone Belt clients are now distributing Bloom to the more than 200 locations where readers can pick up a free copy of the magazine. Stone Belt is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Vandals scrawled anti-gay insults on their booth. Parents pulled children away from their rainbow stickers. A woman told them they were all going to hell. But they returned to the Monroe County Fair the next summer, and the next, and will be there again this year, from June 30 to July 8.
Emily Jones, a senior at Indiana University, is double majoring in music performance and journalism. However, she spends so much time observing the squirrels on the Bloomington campus that it could almost be considered a third major.
On June 22–23, 1818, in the first public sale of real estate in the newly formed Monroe County, commissioners sold parcels of land by auction—perhaps around a barrel of whiskey. On June 21, 2018, the City of Bloomington will celebrate its bicentennial with a family-friendly bicycle ride beginning and ending at Cardinal Spirits—perhaps also around a barrel of whiskey.
Chris Myers sometimes wakes up thinking about an apartment roof leak. She worries about people on waiting lists for services. And she’s concerned about having enough funds to provide help to everyone who needs it.
Steve Aird, the new head coach for Indiana University women’s volleyball, is accustomed to winning and to successfully turning around struggling programs. But a winning team is only part of what Aird hopes to bring to IU.
As Bloomington and Monroe County mark their bicentennial year, Bloomington Rotary Club is marking a significant anniversary of its own—100 years as a local service organization. To celebrate, it will hold a Centennial Gala May 10, where it hopes to raise $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, enabling the nonprofit organization to build an outdoor recreation area for its Crestmont Unit.
In 1984, Bloomington was the first city in Indiana to receive the Tree City USA designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation, an honor awarded to communities meeting certain standards of urban forestry management. This year, as part of its bicentennial celebration, the City will plant 200 trees in parks, public spaces, and on school grounds. Residents also had a chance to order trees to plant on private property.
With her seventh birthday coming up in June, Lil Bub continues to create big ripples. In February, she and her dude, Mike Bridavsky, spent a week in Los Angeles shooting a movie, I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas.
Bloomington has a new, quirky distinction. It’s featured prominently in a recently published book, The Museum of Broken Relationships (Grand Central Publishing, 2017), which contains photos of objects from a museum of the same name.
In 2014, the League of American Bicyclists named the City of Bloomington a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Now, a joint bike-share project between the City of Bloomington and Indiana University, scheduled to launch in March or April, will make Bloomington even more bicycle-friendly.