The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network is your source for information about volunteering locally. For a complete listing, visit BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org or call 812-349-3433. The inclusion of an organization in this list does not imply City endorsement or support of the organization’s activities or policies.
Information and registration information for the following opportunities can be found online at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org.
URGENT: Animal fosters needed
The kennels at the Bloomington Animal Shelter are completely full — overflowing, actually. Animals are housed in offices, foster homes and visitation rooms. Willing animal fosters are needed NOW to help turn this tide of incoming animals to get through this summer swell. Join the Animal Shelter’s foster network now by completing the online application and orientation. You will then be added to their foster opportunity update list. You then choose when and which animal will be the right foster fit for you this summer. This is a family-friendly opportunity. Apply here: https://bloomington.in.gov/animal-shelter/foster
Bonus Summer Reality Store
It's summer and school is out, but the reality doesn’t stop. This summer bonus Reality Store is a fun simulation presented by the Chamber's Success School that helps seventh and eighth graders connect academic achievement with the kind of lifestyle they envision for themselves after graduation. Thirty participating students will be assigned salaries based on their actual GPA. Students proceed from table to table (hosted by volunteers) to buy housing, transportation, groceries, insurance, furniture, clothing, electronics, vacations, utilities, child care, pets, electronics and other real-life elements. Approximately 15 volunteers are needed from 8:15-9:30 a.m. July 12 at Bloomington High School South. Minimum age is 18. Please contact Mary Lechner at firstname.lastname@example.org or register at https://tinyurl.com/SummerRealityStoreJul12.
Adult Field Day at Switchyard Park
Come out and play with Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Adult Field Day on Friday, July 29. The adults-only event features playground games including kickball, giant lawn games, a throwback video game lounge, adults-only access to the Community Foundation Switchyard Plaza spray pad, music from the '80s, '90s and '00s, and a photo booth. Volunteers will join the fun to assist with event setup and teardown, as well as help facilitate games and music. Shifts are available 5-6:30 p.m. or 8-9:30 p.m. for 10 volunteers each. On-site training is provided. Minimum age is 21. An ID check is required due to the alcohol sales that will be present at the event. Contact Emily Buuck at email@example.com or 812-349-3439.
Football, fundraising for Feral Cats
Calling all Indiana University football fans! It’s never too soon to plan for the season of football and fundraising. Feral Cat Friends needs your help in the concession booth at this fall's IU home foot games between Sep. 2-Nov. 26. In exchange for providing concessions volunteers, Feral Cat Friends will earn a 14% commission on sales that will help them continue the wonderful work they do to reduce the feral and stray cat population in south-central Indiana. Last fall volunteers helped to raise over $10,000 that funded the spay or neuter of more than 300 cats in our community. Fourteen volunteers age 19 or older are needed for a 5.5-6 hour shift each game day to run the concession stand. All volunteers are required to have an alcohol-serving license. A link will be provided for those without a license to obtain one before their scheduled volunteer day. All training is provided. Groups are welcome and encouraged to volunteer together. Contact Cathi Eagan to express interest in a shift for you or your group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Wish List Spotlight
RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program
These items support RSVP projects to make Hug-A-Bears for kids having surgery and to make flower arrangements and cards for individuals in long-term care. Help older volunteers make a difference in the lives of kids and seniors. Contact Amy Wardlow at email@example.com or 812-876-3383, ext. 523.
Featured Wishes: kid-friendly cotton fabric, polyester stuffing, sewing scissors, bud vases, plastic storage boxes with lids, washable markers, permanent markers, decorative stamps, stamp pads, collage materials, ribbon, color card stock, and stencils. View their full Wish List online.
You can find current in-kind, material needs on the year-round Community Wish List at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/communitywishlist.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Bloomington Animal Shelter urgently needs fosters for dogs and cats