Bloomingfoods Positive Change

Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, support local food, and build a healthy local economy. We believe that community-based organizations are vital to the health and wellness of this community, and we want to help them succeed!
 
The Positive Change program is a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Since its rollout in January 2016, shoppers have raised an incredible $600,000+ for local organizations.
 
This year, we opened up the ballot to include a more diverse array of local nonprofits. In order to qualify for a spot on the ballot, organizations were required to:
  • Have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  • Be non-sectarian
  • Be non-partisan
  • Be local and provide services locally
  • Not be a Positive Change recipient in 2021
  • Submit an application for 2020 by August 1, 2021.
We give favor to organizations that are Bloomington- or Monroe County-based and support the Bloomington community. Broad areas of support include local, organic and sustainable food efforts, farmland preservation, the environment, and programs that support the education, health, and well-being of the people in our community.
 
In 2022, along with providing monetary support through our register roundup program, Bloomingfoods will endeavor to provide further support to chosen organizations through our staff and owner-members. Our support will include:
  • Collecting cash donations at the registers for a period of one month
  • Collecting donations of needed items that we may sell here at Bloomingfods such as pantry items or pet food
  • Awareness/outreach: we will have signs, announcements, tabling opportunities, social media mentions, articles in our newsletter, and emails about your non-profit
  • Encouraging our owner-members to volunteer with the featured organizations and/or providing information about volunteer opportunities. 

AGON
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, COMMUNITY BUILDING
Agon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing swimming instruction and training to youth and adults in the Bloomington, Indiana, area. Our services are available to anyone interested in improving their swimming abilities and, as our mission states,"flourishing through the pursuit of athletic excellence”. Funds raised through the Bloomingfoods Positive Change program will be used to provide financial aid to individual and family participants who do not have the ability to pay standard dues. Funds will also be used for pool rental fees, hiring lifeguards, and aquatic safety equipment. An investment from the Bloomingfoods Positive Change program will enable dozens of participants to improve their lives and their health through safe swimming, no matter their income or wealth. 

AREA 10 AGENCY ON AGING
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
We will use any Positive Change funds to support two areas in particular. Our Mobile Food Pantry provides free supplemental groceries to home-bound individuals every month. We need food items as well as supplies for our raised garden, where fresh produce is incorporated into our monthly deliveries for individuals in need. And, our Endwright Center, which provides quality supportive programming for older adults, needs funding for our efforts to alleviate social isolation of home-bound individuals through loaner access devices (like GrandPads) and the one-on-one tech help to successfully connect with community and loved ones. 

BEACON, INC.
FOOD ACCESS, POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS
Funds raised through the positive change opportunity will be used to provide meals to our guests.Through Phil’s Kitchen, we provide two nutritious, sit-down meals a day toindividuals and families experiencing hunger - seven days a week.


BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY, COMMUNITY BUILDING
The Bloomington Community Orchard will contribute to Bloomington’s food security, inspire joyful community engagement, and educate citizens while making sustainability delicious. We provide Bloomington and the surrounding area with free classes, hands-on workshops, and fruit tree giveaways to help encourage more locally-grown and sustainably-produced perennial harvests for all to enjoy, while teaching and supporting community food resilience. We operate as a cooperative, consensus-driven, all-volunteer nonprofit, without staff or traditional "overhead,” which allows us to put all funding back into the Orchard, our sustainability mission, and free educational programs and resources for the community.
 
BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
WFHB is an established community resource with over 140 volunteers working as music DJs, news and public affairs program creators and offers training in broadcasting, engineering, sound editing, and archiving. Funds from the Positive Change Program will be used to expand WFHB’s broadcasting and training capabilities to the web and social media. WFHB volunteer reporters will have the ability to shoot photos to accompany their news stories, and local musical performances could be live video streamed via our website. The funds will also be used to obtain the needed computer and software. 
 
BLOOMINGTON MEALS ON WHEELS, INC.
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Bloomington Meals on Wheels provides medically-tailored meals to Bloomington residents who are unable to prepare nutritious meals due to chronic illness, serious disability, or advanced age. Volunteers deliver two prepared meals, one hot and one cold, over lunchtime each day, Monday-Friday. Funds raised for positive change will provide meals for 35% of our recipients who cannot afford the $7 per day fee and received meals at no charge. $10,000 raised will provide 2,857 meals for your Bloomington neighbors. 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BLOOMINGTON
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington provides out-of-school time educational and recreational programming to more than 3,000 Monroe County youth ages 6-18 a year. Funds will be used to support daily snacks and meals as well as for healthy lifestyles programs such as cooking, gardening, nutrition, and similar programs. 

CARDINAL STAGE
EDUCATION, ARTS & CULTURE
After years of welcoming thousands of area school children to Cardinal’s stage for its award-winning Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) programming, Cardinal Stage is going to take the show directly to the students in 2022. Positive Change funds will be used to pilot a local touring theatre program for middle school students that speaks to pressing issues in today’s society. Over the past 18 months, teachers have had to engage in more difficult conversations with their students – about race, about grief, about mental health, about gender identity, and numerous other complex issues. Cardinal’s small-cast, portable production (presented at up to 5 local Bloomington schools in March/April 2022) seeks to provide area educators with a catalyst for discussion where the imaginary characters serve as a proxy for personal experience that students may be reticent to reveal in front of their classmates. 

CIVIC CHAMPS - HELPING HANDS BLOOMINGTON
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
By 2022, we would like to reach 1,200 more recipients (making our total reach 3,000) and increase our capacity to support 3 additional local nonprofit partners. Some of our current partners are My Sister’s Closet, Monroe County Mutual Aid, Monroe County United Ministries, and Pantry 279. It is our aim to continue to keep the Helping Hands program running in the future. It currently costs about $1,000 to operate per month and this money would allow us do further our efforts. 

COMMUNITY KITCHEN OF MONROE COUNTY, INC.
FOOD ACCESS
Community Kitchen would use Positive Change funds to support the operations of our hunger relief programs in Monroe County. In 2020, 50% of those we served were children; 14% were seniors and 28% had experienced homelessness in the previous 6 months. When you support Community Kitchen, you really are helping to feed our community’s most vulnerable residents. 

CONSERVATION LAW CENTER
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
We are lawyers, advocates, and educators who care deeply about the natural world and people’s relationship to it. We work to protect and improve the health, diversity, beauty, and resilience of the planet and defend our shared natural heritage. 

We are a small but mighty organization, and this support will allow us to further our work in Indiana advocating for cleaner water, working with land trusts to conserve more land, and pushing for better protections for our most threatened wildlife. 

COURAGE TO CHANGE SOBER LIVING
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
We have 25-30 people one our waiting lists any given time so we would use the funds to open up another men’s sober living house in Monroe County. Funds would be used to pay the security deposit, men’s house manager salary, rent until our clients can get on their feet, buy furnishings including beds, tables, chairs, lamps etc. and to provide rent scholarships to tenants moving into our house since our clients usually come to us with nothing except the clothes on their backs and lack support from family members or the community. 

Scholarships give our clients time to get settled and find employment. Our residents are expected to find employment and pay rent within two weeks of coming into our houses but there are many obstacles our residents face so sometimes it takes longer than two weeks to find a job and we want to keep our residents housed until they find gainful employment. COVID has magnified all the problems our residents usually face and those issues are continuing even as things start getting back to normal. 

FRIENDS OF LAKE MONROE, LLC.
AGRILCULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Friends of Lake Monroe is dedicated to protecting and enhancing Lake Monroe and its watershed through science, advocacy, and public involvement. Our current focus is developing a watershed management plan to address algal blooms and other concerns in the lake, our source of drinking water. We work collaboratively with citizens, government, and business to improve and support lake water quality. 
  
GIRLS ROCK BLOOMINGTON - FISCALLY SPONSORED BY MIDWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS
Located in Bloomington IN, Girls Rock Bloomington focuses on music mentorship and personal empowerment for girls, trans and non-binary youth. These funds will be used to help produce the Girls Rock Bloomington 2022 Summer Camp, including providing healthy food for campers, and supporting the Girls Rock Bloomington BIPOC community fund which provides free and reduced price Summer Camp and After-School music programming for BIPOC, girls, trans, and non-binary youth in Monroe County. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF MONROE COUNTY
PUBLIC HEALTH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County (HFHMC) has housed 775 people--including more 441 children - since 1988. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and community partners, HFHMC has built 218 homes in Monroe County. 

Habitat broke ground on our third Bloomington neighborhood, Osage Place, in spring of 2021, and Bloomingfoods Positive Change funds will be earmarked for one of the 69 future Osage Place homes to be built in partnership with families. 

Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. HFHMC invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. 

HARMONY SCHOOL
EDUCATION
Harmony is dedicated to the development of the whole student: we teach critical thinking and academic skills, nurture each student’ s unique voice, all while promoting physical, social, emotional, and creative growth. 

Because Harmony’s tuition rate is a sliding scale based on families’ incomes and no one is denied access to the school based on financial ability, 40% of Harmony students are economically disadvantaged (based on federal guidelines) and 80% of Harmony families receive a scholarship. Harmony does not receive any federal or state funding and relies on donations and grant funding to provide scholarships. Funds from Bloomingfoods Positive Change will be evenly distributed between students needing a scholarship. 

HEALTHNET FOUNDATION
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
The HealthNet Bloomington Health Center, formerly Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), provides primary and preventive health care, dentistry, mental health, insurance enrollment, and support services, whether uninsured or insured, of all ages, and from any county. Unlike VIM, the Bloomington Health Center serves children and adults of all ages needing medical care, whether uninsured or insured. 

When Volunteers in Medicine dissolved, its board of directors created a fund held by the HealthNet Foundation, called the "VIM Patient Assistance Fund” (VPAF) to help patients with medical bills incurred as part of their HealthNet treatment plan, including off-site diagnostic tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and specialists’ visits. Positive Change funds would be added to the PAF to ensure that no HealthNet Bloomington patient is forced to choose between their medical care and other necessities of life.  

HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects, stores and distributes food to nearly 100 member agencies across 6 counties. We help take the hunger out of poverty by distributing millions of pounds of food each year. 

LAKE MONROE WATER FUND
ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
We are currently 3/4 of the way to raising a full year of funding for hiring a full time Fundraising Officer. It is critical that we have a full year of salary so this person can go after donations from Lake Monroe Reservoir’s largest water customers, from state and federal grants which often take more than 1 year in timeline, and from events we create to fundraise from the broader community. Thus programs such as funding from Bloomingfoods Positive Change program will be critical in filling our staffing need to ensure long term funding sources. 

LIFEDESIGNS
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
LIFEDesigns is a nonprofit that helps one of the most vulnerable populations in the area. People with disabilities. We help them with their independence and we believe that our community is stronger when we all work together. Funds will be used by helping pay for things and services we don’t get reimbursed for such as transportation, medication and extra expenses for our group home clients, and time spent by staff helping our clients that we don’t get reimbursed for. We believe in our mission, so we don’t stop helping our clients just because we don’t get paid to do it. And we are one of the highest paid providers in the state and area because we believe in a living wage and the importance of the work our employees do. So fund will be used to provide bonus to individuals who continue working. 

LIMESTONE MEDIA INC. D/B/A LIMESTONE POST MAGAZINE
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
1. Limestone Post is an independent, nonprofit magazine that publishes in-depth articles on a range of topics, from the arts and outdoors to sustainability and social-justice issues. 

2. Most of our content is produced by a diverse group of local freelance contributors, so funds from the Bloomingfoods Positive Change program will help pay a fair fee to these local writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, videographers, and more. 

3. We will also be able to increase our outreach to recruit more diverse contributors from underrepresented and marginalized communities. 

4. We will extend that outreach to make our reporting accessible to more people in the community through programs in media literacy and civic engagement. 

5. Funding will also help with operating expenses such as utilities, professional fees, and technical support so we can publish more content.  
 
LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT
The mission of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. Lotus carries out its mission by bringing in gifted international artists to perform and teach workshops in the Bloomington community for youth and people of all ages. Funds donated through Positive Change will be used to support artist fees and workshops supplies for spring Lotus Blossoms events and for our summer arts workshops at the Lotus Firebay, allowing us to deepen our partnerships with Boys & Girls Club, Banneker Community Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and area schools and social service agencies. 

MONROE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION, INC.
PUBLIC HEALTH
Support from Bloomingfoods Positive Change initiative would be used by the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Foundation to enhance the Monroe County Greenway system by installing additional signage, benches, and tables. Monroe County Parks and Recreation manages the Karst Farm Greenway in Northern Monroe County and the Limestone Greenway in Southern Monroe County. 

MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, SUSTAINABILITY
Funds will be directed towards supporting our Self-Sufficiency Center and Compass Early Learning Center. The SSC works with Monroe County families to ensure access to groceries, household items (bed sheets, pots, pans, etc.), cleaning, and hygiene products. Individuals who visit the SSC also have access to coaches who can provide financial support for rent or utilities as well as life coaching to achieve various personal goals. Compass provides full day, full year care to children from ages 1-5 years old, offering our own fee scale in addition to federal and state funding assistance programs. Its goals are to prepare children for school, support parents’ employment and education opportunities, and provide services to promote each child’s development. 

MOTHER HUBBARD'S CUPBOARD
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
The Hub aims to ensure that all people in Bloomington and the surrounding area have access to healthy, whole foods and to provide opportunities to build community through food. Our programs include a client- choice food pantry and free educational programs on nutrition and gardening. Our pantry serves the 25,000 food insecure individuals in Monroe County and thousands more in surrounding counties, and our gardens provide healthy food and educational opportunities to the community. We have remained open throughout the pandemic, quickly adapting our systems to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures. We intend to remain open throughout the Covid crisis, ensuring that anyone in our community who is struggling to afford food will have access in the safest way possible. At The Hub, we believe that access to healthy food is a basic human right. It is with this in mind that we work towards actualizing a community in which all members have access to food, waste is minimized, and all members are healthy, self-sufficient, and empowered by the support of their neighbors. 

NEW HOPE FOR FAMILIES
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
New Hope Family Shelter, Inc (d.b.a. New Hope for Families), established in 2011, provides solutions for children and families impacted by homelessness. New Hope is the only place in Monroe County where families with children can find shelter together. Our nationally accredited child care helps parents get back to work and gives kids the good start that they deserve. In April 2021 New Hope broke ground on a new campus which will enable us to increase our shelter capacity by 70% and increase our early childhood care and education program by 200%.We propose to use Bloomingfoods Positive Change funds to support meals and healthy snacks for children in our new child care and education center, and to provide supplies and staffing for our community food pantry. 

 
NEW LEAF, NEW LIFE
PUBLIC HEALTH
New Leaf, New Life provides reentry support services to individuals that are currently incarcerated or have been recently released from incarceration from the Monroe County Correctional Center.We assist individuals with obtaining treatment, housing, employment, living essentials (food, clothing, hygiene items), and other critical resources, such as SNAP/HIP benefits and personal identification documents. Funds raised through the Bloomingfoods Positive Change Program will directly support our incarcerated neighbors with securing critical resources for a successful reentry: required work attire, personal identification documents, transportation assistance, case management services, among others. 

PEOPLE'S COOPERATIVE MARKET - FISCALLY SPONSORED BY MIDWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
AGRICULTURE, FOOD ACCESS
The People’s Cooperative Market (PCM) is a cooperative farmers’ market committed to food justice. PCM strives to build equity; create relationships; cultivate liberation; and ensure access to local food, art, and education. We coordinate an online store and an in-person market hosted Saturday mornings; both venues are accessible to those using their SNAP benefits, and we match the value of those SNAP dollars to double their impact. Additionally, households in need are able to request sponsored boxes of goods through the online store, which they receive free of charge to support their food security. We also host the People’s Open Pantry, a Saturday food pantry to supplement community member’s food and hygiene supplies for the week. PCM will use Positive Change funds to support market operations, including the management and execution of these three food access programs, our market manager team, and additional programming to build community and knowledge among our vendors and customers. 

PRO BONO INDIANA D/B/A DISTRICT 10 PRO BONO PROJECT
HOUSING
District 10 Pro Bono Project is a free legal aid that collaborates with the nonprofit, Community Justice and Mediation, and another legal services nonprofit, Justice Unlocked, in the Housing and Eviction Prevention Program (HEPP). HEPP provides comprehensive help with free legal aid, mediation services, and social services referrals to prevent the traumatic and expensive process of eviction, thereby preserving stable housing. 

Positive Change monies will go to support Monroe County Courts’ innovative Eviction Diversion program, which aims to stop evictions before they start, by brokering agreements between tenants and landlords with free legal advice to anyone who needs it, as well as free mediation and referrals for vital social services, such as sources for rent money and other needed help. Even if Eviction Diversion doesn’t stop the eviction from going to court, HEPP will be at the court during all eviction hearings, providing the same services to ease the trauma of eviction, and help tenants find new housing, American Rescue Plan assistance, and other needed social service. HEPP also helps tenants avoid the black mark of eviction which prevents Monroe County’s lower income folks from getting decent housing, and promotes more efficient usage of affordable housing. 

SOJOURN HOUSE
EDUCATION, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY
Sojourn House exists to serve women who have survived human trafficking and exploitation. Trauma-informed case management is the heart of our outreach program. As the residential arm of the program approaches a grand opening, incoming funds will be used to hire and prepare additional staff. Each staff member will be trained to offer judgement-free, holistic, and professional support for women who are ready to build a road to healthy and sustainable living.  

SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY, POVERTY ALLEVIATION
SCCAP Thriving Connections (TC) is a holistic, participant-led, community-building model of support for families living without enough resources. Living near or beneath the poverty line comes with health challenges that are too often unseen by much of the population. Chief among those are chronic stress, physical and emotional trauma, inaccessibility of healthy food, difficulty accessing the medical system, lack of time to be physically active and the means to attend critical doctor’s appointments.TC will use BloomingFoods Positive Change funds to bolster our ongoing innovative health supports for TC families: individual coaching for health goals, food and nutrition programming at TC meetings, incentives for routine physical and mental healthcare, cooking tools, fitness equipment, and youth and whole-family activities promoting health. 

STONE BELT ARC, INC.
EDUCATION
Stone Belt, Arc provides education and support to adults and children with developmental disabilities in our community.We believe in the uniqueness, worth, and right to self-determination of every individual. 

Therefore, it is our mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower, and support people with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community. Funding from BloomingFoods’s Positive Change Program will go towards supporting Stone Belt’s Lifelong Learning program. Lifelong Learning fosters the ongoing, self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for personal and professional growth, promotes self-determination, independence, and employment skills. 

SYCAMORE LAND TRUST
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Sycamore Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1990 to preserve the beauty, health, and diversity of southern Indiana’s natural landscape through strategic land conservation, habitat restoration, and environmental education. We own and care for 10,319 acres on 121 protected properties and maintain over 30 miles of hiking trails on 13 public nature preserves.  Our Environmental Education Program connects thousands of people of all ages to nature through guided hikes and free outdoor nature programming for local schools and community organizations.

A donation to Sycamore Land Trust helps to create a future in which southern Indiana has diverse and abundant habitat for native plants and animals, clean air and water, working lands that are productive and sustainable, and people who embrace the connection between a healthy environment and our quality of life. 

TANDEM COMMUNITY BIRTH CENTER AND POSTPARTUM HOUSE
PUBLIC HEALTH
Tandem has three core components: educational programming, a midwifery care center and a postpartum house. Our education programming includes childbirth and lactation education, and more. Our midwifery care center, which includes a medical clinic and birth center, will open in 2022 to provide whole person care from puberty to menopause as well as perinatal services. Our postpartum house will offer 24x7 postpartum support and centralized access to postpartum services. Positive change funds will be used to help us cover rent and basic operational expenses while we roll out services and open our birth center in 2022. 
 
THE PROJECT SCHOOL
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
The Project School is a nonprofit, grassroots, K-8 chartered public school in Bloomington, serving 325 students. Founded in 2009 by a group of local public school educators, TPS focuses on educational equity, social justice and environmental sustainability, with the vision of graduating students who see themselves as stewards of the environment and who have the will, skill, and capacity to contribute to the greater good for the rest of their lives. TPS will utilize Positive Change funding to support the design and implementation of a Learning Garden & Creative Play Space on a donated green lot adjacent to the school on South Washington Street in downtown Bloomington, which will include teaching and learning gardens, gross motor play spaces, and an outdoor performance area. This project will create a multi-use, community-use space that will provide learning and growth opportunities for The Project School students and families; intergenerational programmatic opportunities for the community through organizational partnerships; a food source for families in need in our community; and a vibrant infill green space – in what was previously a vacant lot – for use by residents of the neighborhood and beyond. TPS has successfully raised 66% of the funds needed to actualize this project, and the Positive Change program will help us finalize our goal. 
 
UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
United Way is built to respond quickly to challenges and issues as they emerge in our community by leveraging our wide-ranging network of partnerships and collaborators. The funds from Blooming Foods’ Positive Change will be designated to the newly created Opportunity Fund. This fund provides single use grants to help individuals and families overcome barriers to increased financial stability. Organizations who are members of the Financial Stability Alliance can apply for funds in order to help clients who have exhausted other options. 

Individuals can apply for grants of up to $500.This can be done in areas related to workforce training and education, employment, affordable housing, or financial literacy. By supporting families who have exhausted other means of assistance, the Opportunity Fund allows families to focus on daily provisions, such as food supplies and housing security. 
 
WILDCARE, INC.
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION, WILDLIFE PROTECTION
WildCare Inc. has spent the last 20 years caring for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife of Monroe county and the Bloomington community. Our organization provides an outreach program that educates the community about the animals they share Bloomington with.We will use the funds to pay for the care of wildlife community members bring to us. While spring is our busiest season (babies!), we take in animals year-round, and their care can get expensive.  
 
WRITING FOR A CHANGE BLOOMINGTON D/B/A WOMEN WRITING FOR (A) CHANGE
EDUCATION, ARTS
The Writing for a Change Foundation provides opportunities for individuals to craft more conscious lives through the art of writing and the practices of community. Monies raised through Positive Change will support and expand our community outreach. As we are able to go back into the community, we will be offering our writing circles, as we did pre-pandemic, to incarcerated women at MCCC, Girl Scouts and Girls Inc., Stonebelt clients and staff, Middle Way House staff, SteppingStones residents, and SCAAP Thriving Connections participants. We would like to grow our outreach to include more local schools and after school programming, Beacon programs, and women in recovery. 
  
      
 
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