Category: Community

Community Foundation Grants Make Innovative Efforts Possible

“We want Bloomington to be a place where everyone succeeds,” says Tina Peterson, president and CFO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. In December, the Foundation awarded $326,700 in Community Impact Grants to 13 area nonprofit organizations working in the arts, youth development, health, self-sufficiency, and other areas.

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City’s Barbara McKinney Wins Statewide ADA Award

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, cities across the country were faced with compliance issues. Barbara McKinney had been hired the previous year as Bloomington’s human rights attorney and was immediately charged with planning how the city would comply with new standards for buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, and city services.

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Better Angels: Bringing Red and Blue Together

On a Saturday morning in December, Republicans and Democrats came together in a Monroe County Public Library meeting room, hoping to learn to better communicate with one another. After drawing up name tags with the appropriate red or blue markers, the 19 participants shared stories of heated holiday dinner table arguments and friendships lost in the wake of the 2016 election.

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Dare to Test Your Expertise? Enter the VITAL Quiz Bowl

Since 1977, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) VITAL program—Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners—has provided free literacy instruction for adults, both native speakers and new language learners. And each April since 1983, VITAL has hosted a Quiz Bowl fundraiser for the program.

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Buddhist Cultural Center Celebrates 40 Years Here

The dharmachakra (wheel of dharma) that adorns the entry gate of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) is almost luminous, freshly gilded for the center’s 40th anniversary celebration. Yet, despite its decades-long history, visitors still ask, “Why is this place in the middle of Indiana?”

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We Are You—Working To Bring People Together

In December 2016, Jenn Harmless was on Facebook with three friends. All were concerned with the increasing number of hate incidents in Bloomington and across the country. At one point, someone asked, “Well, what are you doing about it?”

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‘Follow the Fish’—A Bicentennial Scavenger Hunt

The gilded fish that adorns the Monroe County Courthouse not only spawned a city (see page 106), it has spawned a scavenger hunt. In honor of the county bicentennial, 25 numbered brass plaques bearing its image have been placed on sites of historic or cultural significance around Monroe County.

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12th Anniversary Gala: A Big Thank You to Bloom Supporters

Bloom Magazine celebrated its 12th anniversary on August 9 with a party in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). More than 200 business and civic leaders, educators, artists, members of the arts community, humanitarians, and contributors to the magazine attended the event, which was a fundraiser for Shalom Community Center.

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The Many Ways Our Food Bank Gathers Produce for the Hungry

With its bustling farmers’ markets and ever-growing interest in farm-to-table cuisine, it’s no secret that Bloomington residents have an appetite for locally grown produce. What people may not know is that the farmers who bring their goods to market also make fresh vegetables and fruits available to people seeking food security.

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Fix-It Fair: An Ecological Way to Save Some Green

Whether you’re working to keep items out of the waste stream or just want someone to repair a much-loved keepsake, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) invites you to attend its first-ever Fix-It Fair. The event, on Saturday, August 18, will be held at the main library branch, 303 E. Kirkwood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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