8 Thursday / April 8, 2021

Wake Up! with United Way “Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington”

08:00 am to 09:00 am
Virtual Event
https://www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp

Monthly speaker series featuring an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics that directly or indirectly affect everyone in the area.

It has been estimated that nearly 400 individuals in the community do not have stable housing. At this month’s Wake Up! with United Way, we will hear from some of these individuals who have volunteered to share their experiences.

Tune in on Thursday, April 8 from 8 – 9 a.m. for the discussion on “Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington” and hear personal experiences with homelessness and housing insecurity and learn what we can do better to support unhoused individuals and families. Thanks to Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Beacon, Inc. for moderating this event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn.

As the region rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Wake Up! with United Way season focuses on Building a Better Normal. Each month’s discussion will bring to light how to engage to create a brighter future that works for everyone in our community, including topics like homelessness, food security, and workers’ rights.

Wake Up! with United Way is co-hosted by United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement program, with support from presenting sponsors Bloomington Township, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Duke Energy, IU Credit Union, and Old National Bank.

This is a free event, but RSVP before the event via the Eventbrite link found at www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp.

Civic Affairs / Education / Speakers

8 Thursday / April 8, 2021

Science Sprouts

04:00 pm to 04:30 pm
WonderLab in the WonderGarden
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Topic: Botany Basics
Location: WonderLab in the WonderGarden
Weather permitting – Masks Required – Distance Enforced
Cost: Free with Museum Admission
This in-person Science Sprouts program will take place in the WonderGarden. Tickets are included with general admission. This month we will be talking about Botany, and this week we will be talking about what botany is and the various branches of botany. We will then use magnifying glasses to look at some various plants up close. Participants will learn STEM skills through play. Activities are designed for ages 0-3.

Children / Education

8 Thursday / April 8, 2021

SMART Girls, STRONG Women

06:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Online
http://www.bgcbloomington.org

SMART Girls, STRONG Women, April 8th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Online
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington is pleased to present SMART Girls, STRONG Women! This annual fundraiser serves to support world-class programming for young females at the Club. This year, Boys & Girls Club alum Mona Dixon will join us as she recalls her miraculous journey. Until the age of 13, Mona was homeless and sleeping on the streets and in various shelters. A few years later, she was being honored by President Obama in the White House as she was selected to serve as a Presidential Appointee. During this event, you will hear Mona’s incredible story, and how the Boys & Girls Club changed – and likely saved – her life. We invite you to join us for an “Evening of Empowerment” on Thursday, April 8th for SMART Girls, STRONG Women. Tickets are available – starting March 1st – online at www.bgcbloomington.org.

Children / Education / Speakers

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For the past 14 years, we have been publishing Bloom, a free, bimonthly cultural and lifestyle magazine serving Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding communities. We have four missions: to support local businesses, local charities, local arts, and diversity. We are an integral part of the fabric of this community.

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