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 $700,000+ for local organizations.
 
This year we had a diverse array of local non-profits apply for the 2023 Positive Change program. In order to qualify for a spot on the ballot, organizations were required to:
  • Have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  • Be non-sectarianBe non-partisan
  • Be local and provide services locally
  • Not be a Positive Change recipient in 2022
  • Submit an application by August 1, 2022.
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 2023, 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 Bloomingfoods 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. 
 Owner-members will choose 11 monthly recipients from this list. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order. The election is active from September 16 - October 20. 


ALL-OPTIONS
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, DIAPER SUPPORT, REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
All-Options uses direct service and social change strategies to promote unconditional, judgment-free support for people in all of their decisions, feelings, and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. We recognize that these issues are complex, but one thing is certain: Everyone deserves to have all options. We do this with the All-Options Talkline, the Hoosier Diaper Program, and the Hoosier Abortion Fund. Here in Bloomington, we provide over 13,000 diapers to local families each month, along with pads, tampons, baby wipes, pull-ups, and many other essential care items. 

BCT MANAGEMENT, INC. (BUSKIRK-CHUMLEY THEATER)
EDUCATION, ARTS & CULTURE, COMMUNITY RESOURCES

BCT Management, Inc.'s mission is to manage Bloomington's 100-year-old Buskirk-Chumley Theater in a fiscally responsible manner as a widely accessible, quality venue and performance space. Beyond this mission, the
BCTM stewards a historic centrally-located venue for wide community use in a way that drives community engagement in the cultural evolution of our community. Funds from the Positive Change Roundup program would be used to support the affordable entertainment that inspires and brings residents and tourists to Downtown Bloomington to contribute to a vibrant local culture. The programming the BCT offers throughout the year, including concerts and classic movie screenings, improves community access to arts!

BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

The Bloomington Community Orchard is an all-volunteer nonprofit (501c3), devoted to growing fruit trees and other perennial edible agriculture for the community to enjoy, while growing our orcharding skills through education and experience-sharing. The publicly owned orchard is maintained entirely by volunteers, and the harvest is available to everyone. We offer free community events and classes for students of all ages, educational tours for youth around the community, free fruit trees and other food-producing perennials for local nonprofits, and we provide free, local, organically-grown food to those that are hungry, while teaching the next generation how to
grow their own food. If selected for this initiative, as an all-volunteer nonprofit, we would put all the funds towards more educational and edible resources, including a new propagation station to get more food out into the
community.

BLOOMINGTON PETS ALIVE!, INC.
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, ANIMAL WELFARE

Since 2005, Pets Alive has performed more than 224,000 affordable, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries. In addition, our Wellness Clinic offers preventative care for pets by providing low-cost vaccines, microchipping, flea/tick treatments and more; in 2021 alone, we gave more than 16,000 vaccinations! Our goal is to ensure that all furry family members have access to basic health services, regardless of their person’s financial position. Funds raised will continue our mission to end pet overpopulation through spay/neuter and assist community members and their pets to live their healthiest lives.
 
CANOPYBLOOMINGTON, INC.
ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

CanopyBloomington's mission is to maximize Bloomington's tree canopy and sustainably manage Bloomington's urban forest for trees' many environmental, health, economic, and social benefits, with a focus on tree equity and community engagement. We believe everyone, regardless of economic status, should have access to the many benefits trees provide and prioritize free tree plantings in low-income, low-canopied neighborhoods in Bloomington. Our tree canopy in Bloomington is on the decline due to global warming, development, and disease. Funds will be used to facilitate planting trees with a focus on areas of Bloomington that are currently lacking sufficient tree coverage and caring for trees around the city that need servicing to help ensure their survival for decades to come.

EXODUS REFUGEE IMMIGRATION, INC.
FOOD ACCESS, BASIC NEEDS AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS OF HUMANITARIAN CONCERN

Exodus Refugee Immigration is dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana.  Funding will allow the agency the flexibility to support Bloomington sub-office personnel, resources, and services needed to aid refugee clients to make a successful transition to life in the United States.

FARM TO FAMILY FUND, INC
EDUCATION, EQUITY, COMMUNITY SUPPORT, INFORMATION, CULTURE

Farm to Family Fund purchases fresh, local, sustainably produced food at half price from farmers' market vendors who have unsold product. The food is donated to The Rise, Community Kitchen of Monroe County, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. As an all-volunteer organization, we spend almost all of the funds we raise to purchase food. During the fiscal year from May 2021-April 2022, the Fund paid farmers almost $113,000 and donated over $225,500 worth of food to our partner agencies—60% more than the previous year. Positive Change funds would greatly benefit the farmers and agencies we work with.

FOUNDATION MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
EDUCATION

The Food Assistance fund support nutritional needs for students. This fund is used to provide hot lunches or students who do not have funding for lunch. In the 2022-2023 school year lunches are not free and will follow federal income guidelines. It also supports healthy snacks used for extended learning days and in our PreK programs. Healthy snacks for at least two food groups are required daily for PreK children and this is not funded by the state. MCCSC provides PreK classes in all of our title one schools and this funding is greatly needed in those classrooms.

FRIENDS OF LAKE MONROE
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Friends of Lake Monroe was founded in 2016 to protect and enhance Lake Monroe and its watershed. Lake Monroe is the sole source of drinking water for Bloomington and Monroe County. The Bloomingfoods roundup dollars will help us educate the public about the top threats to Lake Monroe (sediment, nutrients, and bacteria); expand our pilot program addressing septic system maintenance needs in the watershed; and encourage conservation practices on farms and forestland in the watershed. Together we can improve the quality of water in Lake Monroe and reduce the frequency of harmful algal blooms, protecting our source of drinking water for years to come.

FRIENDS OF MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EDUCATION, EQUITY, COMMUNITY SUPPORT, INFORMATION, CULTURE

The Friends of Monroe County Public Library sponsors award-winning MCPL programs, services, and collections for all ages at three permanent locations plus mobile community outreach points. We support the Library initiatives you know and love, from early childhood and adult literacy programs to Story Walks, Summer Reading Games, homework help, teen craft sessions, and more. With the new Southwest Branch opening in 2023, funds are needed for expanded programming including in the new Teaching Kitchen! Friends are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its many varied services. Your support provides free, equitable, and impartial access to information and promotes reading and lifelong learning for all!

HOOSIER ACTION RESOURCE CENTER
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, FREE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND CIVICS EDUCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY

Hoosier Action Resource Center is a homegrown, independent community organization based in rural and small-town Indiana and led by members across the state. We believe that by acting together, we can create an Indiana where all Hoosiers, whatever the color of our skin or the contents of our wallets, are able to shape the decisions which affect our lives. Funds from Bloomingfoods would support our outreach, leadership development, training, and advocacy programs in Bloomington and beyond. Help us make the future of Indiana by investing in a new generation of rural and small-town leaders fighting for an Indiana where we can all thrive.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION - IU ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE INSTITUTE
ENVIRONMENT

Climate change is already affecting our lives through extreme weather and challenges for farmers, leaders, and residents, but ERI is rising to the challenge and embracing the vast expertise of community leaders and IU researchers and staff to lead Bloomington and Indiana into a more sustainable future. ERI helps communities prepare for the effects of climate change by providing programs for local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and students to increase their resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered at IU Bloomington, ERI has worked with many local organizations and the City of Bloomington to facilitate climate-related projects. ERI is helping Bloomington and Indiana become more resilient to climate change by guiding the community through reducing climate-harming emissions and implementing meaningful projects that will help residents and business owners be more prepared for the coming impacts of climate change. Funds will be used to support the McKinney Midwest Climate Project, which encompasses the Resilience Cohort (programs for cities and towns) and the McKinney Climate Fellows (paid green jobs training for IU undergrads and grad students).
 
LAKE MONROE WATER FUND
AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
The Lake Monroe Water Fund is one of approximately 50 water funds worldwide sparked by the Nature Conservancy to meet local fresh water needs. The LMWF is the first water fund in Indiana and works on tangible projects upstream from Lake Monroe which help preserve it as Bloomington's sole drinking water source. Money raised through Bloomingfoods' Positive Change program will be used for projects that reduce sediment and nutrient (fertilizer/septic waste/animal waste) runoff within the Lake Monroe watershed. We promote nature-based solutions like native plantings along streams and agricultural cover crops to achieve this in a sustainable, economic, and environmentally sound manner.
  
LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, QUALITY OF LIFE (ARTS & CULTURE)

The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation's mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. Closely aligned with this mission are our core programs that serve youth, elders, and people with different abilities via enriching experiences with artists from around the globe, via our Lotus Blossoms educational outreach program. These intimate workshops and performances allow participants to see, hear, and interact with artists whose ideas, music, and backgrounds may be very different from their own - creating wonderful opportunities for learning - or be very similar to their own, creating a sense of belonging. Funds from Positive Change would go towards supporting free Lotus Blossoms programs in our community.

MONROE COUNTY HISTORY CENTER
EDUCATION

We look for support in order to collect, preserve, exhibit, and conduct educational programs centered around our community. Our focus on exhibits, education, and outreach spans school-age children to senior citizens with dementia. We have tables at many diverse events, including the 50+ Expo, the Bloomington Pride Fest, and the Children's Expo. Our collections and exhibits focus on our local community, from our history to the local environment, and we aim to highlight various aspects and subcultures within the community.

MONROE COUNTY - IDENTIFY AND REDUCE INVASIVE SPECIES
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT

Monroe County - Identify and Reduce Invasive Species is a coalition of Monroe County citizens aimed at reducing the environmental and economic impact of invasive species in our county through education and action. Funds would be used to pay for:
• Educational materials on invasive species to hand out in the county;
• Native plants to give to landowners to replace invasive species in landscaping;
• Tools to loan to community members to control invasive plants on their land;
• Tools to support our weekly volunteer Weed Wrangles, which are hands on opportunities for community members to learn how to identify and control invasive species on public land, then apply what they learned on their land;
• Other initiatives that encourage the removal of invasive species and replacement with native species.

MONROE COUNTY YMCA
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
We will use the funds to continue making our summer camp program accessible to all through our financial assistance program and providing healthy snacks to those who cannot afford them. These dollars will help us send 15 additional children to camp for five weeks and provide healthy, nutritious snacks while at the Y. Instead of being trapped at home for the summer constantly on screens and devices eating junk food, children will have the opportunity to spend their summer in the great outdoors making friends, staying active, and learning new life-skills.

PEOPLE AND ANIMAL LEARNING SERVICES
RECREATIONAL EQUINE ADAPTIVE THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES

PALS provides therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted equine activities to people with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens, and at-risk youth. Clients who qualify would receive scholarships that would reduce the cost of their therapeutic riding sessions. This funding would directly impact members of our community who would otherwise not be able to afford equine assisted activities.

PEOPLE'S COOPERATIVE MARKET
FOOD ACCESS

People’s Cooperative Market will continue to buy local food and deliver to underserved and therefore vulnerable populations in our community. In 2021, PCM provided more than $55,000.00 worth of food for free to community members courageous enough to ask for food support. 100% of the money from Bloomingfoods Round Up will buy more local nutrient dense food to distribute for free to individuals, families, pantries, food banks and shelters experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity is the lack of access to enough good, healthy, and culturally appropriate food AND having insufficient amounts of food, a diet that is lacking in quality, variety, or desirability. (Foodfoward.org)

SANSHIN ZEN COMMUNITY
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, & MENTAL HEALTH

The Sanshin Zen Community offers meditation practice, study opportunities about how to live a more wholesome and meaningful life, and engaged beneficial action in the community. More specifically, we offer daily meditation opportunities, weekly teaching events, and monthly retreats in order to help people find meaning in their lives in our challenging and confusing modern world. Most of our activities are offered without asking for anything in return, and for those few retreats for which we do suggest a fee, they are free to those who cannot afford them. Funds received from Bloomingfoods will be used to ensure that we can continue to offer meditation and study opportunities for all that want them regardless of their ability to pay, while also helping us to make repairs on our aging building in Bloomington where we provide these services.

STONE BELT
EDUCATION

Stone Belt Arc is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support for people with disabilities. Established in 1959 in Bloomington, Indiana, by nine families with children with disabilities, the founding families
envisioned educational and community-inclusion opportunities for their children, which did not exist then. Stone Belt supports more than 1,200 people in Monroe, Bartholomew, and Lawrence counties. Stone Belt would use Positive Change funding to purchase couches, cabinets, desks, chairs, and a solar shade and replace the broken seals in our existing sculpted window in the Employment First classroom. Stone Belt’s goal for an Employment First classroom is to ensure that individuals with disabilities, including those with complex and significant disabilities, for whom job placement in the past has been limited, or has not traditionally occurred, have access to technology, innovative employment services and other assistance needed for competitive, integrated employment.
 
WFHB BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
WFHB would like to update our computers and technical equipment in our News Department. WFHB’s award-winning News Department is an important independent media voice in Bloomington and the surrounding 6 counties within our broadcast signal. The investment we make in providing updated and functional tools to this department will not only help our volunteer news anchors, but also our Youth Radio program participants who want hands-on experience in the field of journalism. The computer equipment we currently use was given to us by a donor many years ago, and purchased second-hand from IU Surplus.

WONDERLAB MUSEUM
EDUCATION

Funds will be used to support educational hands-on science programs and exhibits. WonderLab continues to respond to the needs of our community and our planet, with exhibits like the new Worm Composting System, which allows us to turn food waste from the Museum into rich compost for the WonderGarden while reducing our impact on landfills and CO2 emissions.  Our science-based programs make science accessible for all learners across the age spectrum.

 
  
      
 
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