Volunteer Bloomington: Helping animals, guiding exhibit visitors, wrangling weeds

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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.

Support senior pets and people

Silver Linings Rescue envisions a world where all senior dogs and cats live in healthy, loving and supportive environments. Pets can enrich our lives. This can be even more true for a senior person, providing purpose, companionship and joy. But there are often barriers to senior people enjoying and caring for a senior pet. That's where Silver Linings steps in to help older owners keep their pets in their homes through the efforts of volunteers as fosters, helping with placement and support, coordinating rescues, transporting resources and donating in-kind food and supplies. There are also opportunities to be a part of the organization's administrative work as well as board and committee members. If you’re interested in supporting Silver Linings through volunteering or serving on the board, fill out the volunteer form at https://bit.ly/3o64t65. Send questions to info@silverliningsrescue.org.

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Docents for 'Our Voice' exhibit at library

The Friends of the Library will host the inaugural Marian Armstrong exhibit at the Downtown Branch of Monroe County Public Library. The exhibit "Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards," is an exhibit curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. It features 34 illustrations of the award winners since 1973. There will be activities and programs for all ages. Volunteers are needed as greeters, to answer questions, and to provide directional guidance to visitors. Two-hour shifts between 3-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 1-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday are available Feb. 1-March 20. The library will provide a brief training and orientation 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Meeting Room 1B/1C at the main library, and all volunteers will be given a volunteer badge to wear. Reach out if unable to make this orientation session. Individuals or group volunteers are welcome. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and fill out a library volunteer application if you have not done so already. If unsure, contact volunteer@mcpl.info or 812-349-3060 or 812-349-3050, ext. 1000. Sign up and choose your preferred days and times online at mcpl.info/OurVoiceVolunteer.

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Weed Wrangle at Twin Creek Valley

Join The Nature Conservancy staff for a brisk morning of invasive plant removal at the Twin Creek Valley preserve in Washington County, about 10 miles east and a little south of Spring Mill State Park. Volunteers can expect a rewarding time removing woody invasives such as autumn olive from this beautiful southern Indiana preserve. Invasive woody shrubs out-compete native species by staying green later into the season, causing major ecological disruption and habitat loss. Luckily, invasives can be controlled and habitats restored, so come be a part of the solution! Please come prepared and dressed for the weather with plenty of layers, warm boots and your own drinking water. Herbicide treatment will be part of the day. All supplies are provided. This work party is open to five volunteers 18 or older. Parking is available at the meeting location. RSVP by Feb. 3 so they can prepare for the day at https://forms.office.com/r/xeM0k8YHTU. Have questions? Contact Esme Barniskis at indianavolunteer@tnc.org.

Feral Cat Friends volunteers work year-round to prevent the unnecessary breeding and killing of community cats through Trap-Neuter-Return efforts. Material donations to this organization support cat colony caretakers and fosters in their program.
Feral Cat Friends volunteers work year-round to prevent the unnecessary breeding and killing of community cats through Trap-Neuter-Return efforts. Material donations to this organization support cat colony caretakers and fosters in their program.

Community Wish List Spotlight

FERAL CAT FRIENDS

Feral Cat Friends' mission is to stop the unnecessary killing of community cats and educate and promote alternatives to euthanasia with trap-neuter-return and humane care of community cats. Donations to FCF support the feeding and sheltering of cats by community cat caretakers and fund TNR operations. View their full wish list online at http://www.feralcatfriend.org/donate/wish-list/. To arrange a donation drop off, contact Theresa Block at communitycatstnr@gmail.com.

Featured wishes: canned cat food, laundry detergent and bleach, paper towels, trash bags, blankets, cat litter, cleaning supplies, cat toys, trees, and supplies like bowls, winter cat shelters and feeding stations.

You can find current in-kind, material needs for many organizations on the year-round Community Wish List at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/communitywishlist.

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