Community Organizations

The Community Organizations database provides information about Monroe County nonprofits and groups.


Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

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Website http://www.bloomingtonsymphony.com
Contact Donna Lafferty (Executive Director)
Phone 812-331-2320
Email bso [dot] donna [at] gmail [dot] com
Address PO Box 1823
Bloomington, IN 47402
Hours Office Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Description

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra promotes a lifelong appreciation of and enthusiasm for music through its performances of classical literature, as well as outreach and educational work throughout the community.

 

Additional Programs:

-Our Children's Instrument Recovery Program (ChIRP) takes donations of used musical instruments, refurbishes them, then loans them to kids who might otherwise not have the ability to play with their school groups.

-The BSO’s Youth Concerto Competition offers scholarships and a chance to play alongside a real orchestra to talented young musicians in the community.

-Meet the Instruments gives young children the chance to try out some of the instruments in the orchestra. From tiny violins to full sized tubas, kids can experiment to their hearts' content, all under the supervision of members of the orchestra.

Email bso [at] bloomingtonsymphony [dot] com
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Bloomington Tea Party

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Website http://www.bloomingtonteaparty.com/
Email hoosierpatriot [at] comcast [dot] net
Description Tea Party Organizations Nationwide are supporting protests at this time. If you can't go, write a letter or call the local office to express your opinion. We support government integrity, fiscal responsibility and free markets.
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Bloomington Transit Access

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Website http://www.bloomingtontransit.com/Access.htm
Phone 812-336-7433
Email customer [at] kiva [dot] net
Description BT Access is a transportation service for persons with disabilities who, by means of a disability, cannot use the existing Bloomington Transit "fixed route" bus system. BT Access is operated by the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation. It is the same organization that operates the Bloomington Transit bus system. BT Access service is provided with vans equipped with wheelchair lifts. If you are eligible, these vans can pick you up and take you anywhere in Bloomington and, then take you back home. There are no restrictions on where in the city you can go or how often, depending upon your eligibility.
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Bloomington Transit Board of Directors

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Website http://www.bloomingtontransit.com/board.htm
Contact Raymond McConn (Chairman)
Phone (812) 336-7433
Address Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation
130 W. Grimes Ln.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Hours meetings are held monthly
Description Bloomington Transit provides bus service to patrons in the Bloomington area.
Additional Contact Kent McDaniel (Vice Chairman)
Additional Contact Alex Cartwright (Secretary)
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Bloomington United

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Contact Doug Bauder (Coordinator)
Phone 812-855-4252
Email dbauder [at] indiana [dot] edu
Description

A coalition of community members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities that affirm the value of all human beings, bridge the differences among people, and respond to hate activity in our community.

Additional Contact Rabbi Sue Laikin Shifron
Phone 812-336-3824
Email hillel [at] indiana [dot] edu
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Bloomington Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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Website http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2636.htm
Phone 332-7331
Description Job placement assistance and follow-up for residents of Monroe,Morgan, Lawrence, and Owen counties who have a proven disability which interferes in preparing for and engaging in gainful employment. Free. A WorkOne partner.
Phone 332-9372
Phone 1-877-847-9893
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Bloomington Walking Club

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Website http://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=7684
Address See Description for details
Bloomington, IN
Description

The Bloomington Walking Club is a new, informal walking program being implemented through the combined efforts of the Indiana Running Company, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and IU Community Health.This is an informal gathering of walkers to develop healthy habits and meet new friends. The club meets on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00pm.  You will be able to choose a two- or four-mile route and go at your own pace.

Mondays
Indiana Running Company
121 N. College Ave.


Thursdays
Areté Athletic
1567 Piazza Dr. in Renwick Village

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Bloomington Watercolor Society

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Website http://www.bloomingtonwatercolor.org/
Contact Joanne Weddle (President)
Email members [at] bloomingtonwatercolor [dot] org
Address c/o John Waldron Art Center
122 S. Walnut
Bloomington, IN 47407
Hours Meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. (except December, July, and August)
Description Our mission of BWS is to promote a growing relationship with artists, encourage one another , and provide opportunities for promoting and exhibiting our watercolor paintings in the community. Promotes watercolor painting or any water based and applied method. Provides paint-ins and education through demonstrations and guest artists.
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Bloomington West Lions Club

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Website http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/find-a-club.php?f=3&cs=INDIANA&club_no=9651
Contact Kenneth Brashaber (President)
Address American Legion Post 18
1800 W. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Hours 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays at American Legion Post 18, 1800 W. Third St.
Description

Bloomington West chapter of Lions Club, a charitable organization.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Worldwide Friendship, Inc.

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Website http://bloomingtonworldwidefriendship.org/
Contact Harriet Kulis (Co-president)
Phone 824-5308
Email harriet [dot] kulis [at] bloomingtonworldwidefriendship [dot] org
Description BWF promotes understanding and friendship between international students and residents of Monroe County. This all volunteer, non-profit organization matches international students studying at Indiana University with individuals and families in the community. Students do not live with assigned hosts, but hosts commit to meeting their students a minimum of three times during each semester of the academic school year. They help international students learn about their new community through shared activities like holiday meals, hikes in state parks, visits to Bloomington's farmers' market and IU sports and musical events. The cross-cultural experience creates many long term friendships.
Additional Contact Hiromi Sumiyoshi (Co-president)
Phone 336-264-0793
Email hiromi [dot] sumiyoshi [at] bloomingtonworldwidefriendship [dot] org
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Bloomington Wrestling Club

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Website http://www.eteamz.com/bloomingtonsouthwrestling/index.cfm?subsite=4853432
Phone 812-334-1666
Description Ages 5 - 18, boys and girls Registration: January Cost:$60 for one,$100 for two; scholarships available Practice begins Feb. season January - July. Practice in mat room at Bloomington High School South.
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Bloomington Writing Project

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Website http://bloomingtonwritingproject.blogspot.com
Contact Ira Allen (Director)
Email bloomingtonwritingproject [at] gmail [dot] com
Description

Our goal is to offer a service that's not readily on-hand in the community as a whole: Free writing help. We'll work with people on all kinds of writing, from everyday life stuff (forms, application, etc.), to more special occasional writing, (letters to the editor or work on a memoir), to stuff for personal businesses (web content or a flyer).

Additional Contact Mark Cassello (Tutor)
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Bloomington Yacht Club, Inc.

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Website http://www.bloomingtonyachtclub.org
Contact Jeff Becker
Phone 812-331-9115
Email jeffmbecker [at] gmail [dot] com
Description Contact: 812-339-9415 This sailboat-only club is located on the South shore of Lake Lemon (entry by Port Hole Inn Restaurant). Club memberships include use of wet and dry storage, electric hoist, club house, Sunday races, monthly club meetings and other social activities.
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Bluementon Knights

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Email Bluementonknights [at] aol [dot] com
Description

The Bluementon Knights are a group of local philanthropists who anonymously help make ends meet for working-class families in need in the Bloomington area. Anyone interested in making a contribution or seeking help can contact them by email. 

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Book Circulating Group

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Website http://www.indiana.edu/~uclub/bookcirculating.html
Contact Judy Novit (Co-Chair)
Phone 812-339-8911
Email jnovit [at] comcast [dot] net
Description Must be a member of the University Club. Circulates 15 books a year among members. Books are roughly half fiction and half non-fiction.
Additional Contact Lyn Burlson (Co-Chair)
Phone 812-339-5019
Email burleson [at] indiana [dot] edu
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Books Plus Book Discussion Group

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Website http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/fiction/books-plus
Phone 812-349-3050
Address Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Hours First Sunday of each month at 2 PM in MCPL
Description

Books Plus is an once-a-month discussion group which meets at the library to talk about a wide range of books and issues. Books and other media, both fiction and non-fiction, are the springboards for discussing new trends, social issues, genres, best sellers, foreign authors, etc. Each month, the group focuses on one or more books (chosen in advance). A volunteer leads the discussion.

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Borrowed Time Club

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Contact Elton Rockwell
Phone (812) 339-1618
Hours Meets the 1st Sunday of the month, 2 pm, at the Bloomington Adult Community Center
Description A social club for senior citizens. The group is always looking for volunteer entertainers.
Additional Contact Wilbert Williams
Phone (812) 876-1246
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Boxcar Books

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Website http://www.boxcarbooks.org/
Contact Steven (General Coordinator)
Phone (812) 339-8710
Email boxcar [at] boxcarbooks [dot] org
Hours Monday-Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Description

Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community. Boxcar Books sends literature of all types, free of charge, to prisoners in the Midwest. It also provides a meeting space for community and literary groups. Boxcar Books is affiliated with the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, which can be found at http://www.pagestoprisoners.org/.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington

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Website http://bgcbloomington.org/
Contact Jeff Baldwin (Executive Director)
Phone 812-332-5311
Email jbaldwin [at] bgcbloomington [dot] org
Address 311 S. Lincoln St.
Bloomington, IN 47402
Hours Hours: 3-8 Mon-Fri, closed Saturday and Sunday.
Description The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity.
Phone 812-336-6501
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Bread for the World

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Website http://www.bread.org/
Contact Donna Wenstrup (Contact)
Phone 812-824-9045
Description Bread For The World is an interfaith anti-hunger organization; a citizen's movement focused primarily on legislative action on both domestic and global hunger.
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Broadview Learning Center (BLC)

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Website http://www.mccsc.edu/Domain/30
Contact Sherry D. Dick (Director)
Phone 330-7731
Address 705 W. Coolidge Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Hours Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Description

The Monroe County Community School Corporation Adult Education program offers individualized instruction and guidance to teen and adult learners who seek to improve basic skills or learn new ones to create better opportunities for themselves and their families.

The Broadview Learning Center offers the following services:

  • FREE Adult Basic Education/GED Preparation Classes
  • FREE ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
  • FREE Teen Learning Center (TLC) Programs
  • Workforce Development
  • Evening Computer Classes
  • Volunteer Training and Opportunities
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Btown Food Swappers

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Website http://www.btownfoodswappers.com
Email clarkerin [at] hotmail [dot] com
Description

We are a Bloomington-based, free community food swap, striving to inspire creativity, build community, and spread good cheer. We trade homemade items and enjoy the company of new and old friends.

Btown Food Swaps are free, but you must be registered in advance to participate. We use Eventbrite to post swaps and issue tickets, and your homemade treasure is the only currency allowed.

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Burnin Daylight Productions

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Contact Sally Renne Murphy (President)
Phone 812-876-2664
Email renee50 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Description Burnin Daylight Productions is a fledgling, not-for-profit acting troupe. No strangers to the stage, these alumni of the Masqued Crafters decided to capitalize on their existing camaraderie and strike out on their own. This ensemble brings youth, energy and an obvious love for the boards to every aspect of a theatrical production. The mission of Burnin Daylight Productions is to provide its members with opportunities to design, direct, and act in existing or original plays.
Additional Contact Mary Beth Boyer (Vice President)
Phone 876-6978
Email phantobi1 [at] yahoo [dot] com
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Business & Professional Exchange (BPE) Bloomington

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Website http://bpe.groupsite.com/main/summary
Contact Len Tieman
Phone (812) 331-6000x265
Email ltieman [at] dwd [dot] in [dot] gov
Address Fountain Square Mall Suite 112
101 W. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Hours Wednesdays, 8 - 9am; open networking begins at 7:30am
Description BPE features person-to-person networking, guest speakers, and employment information. Job seekers, in addition to learning networking techniques, will also develop referral opportunities, strategies for effective job search and career transition, and community and business-to-business networking.
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By Hand Gallery

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Website http://www.byhandgallery.com/
Phone 812-334-3255
Email manager [at] byhandgallery [dot] com
Hours Monday through Saturday 10am to 5.30pm,
Description Artist's gallery--all items handmade, both local and non-local. Over 70 artists represented.
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Camerata Orchestra Series

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Website http://cameratabloomington.com/
Contact Lenore Hatfield (Executive Director)
Phone 812-333-6349
Email lenorehatfield [at] yahoo [dot] com
Description

Founded in 1989 by concermaster Lenore Hatfield, the Camerata Orchestra offers a professional setting for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty, retired faculty, music students, and townspeople in Bloomington, Indiana. Internationally known guest conductors lead the orchestra with soloists from I.U. faculty, concert artists, and Camerata Solo Competition winners.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Campus Childrens Center

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Website http://www.childcare.indiana.edu
Phone 855-0789
Hours Open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday
Description Child Care services at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) are provided to meet the various child care needs of students, staff, and faculty. Indiana University recognizes the numerous benefits generated by the provision high quality child care to both students and employees.
Additional Contact Smith (Christin)
Phone 812-855-0789
Email chosmith [at] indiana [dot] edu
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Cardinal Stage Company

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Website http://www.cardinalstage.org
Contact Kristina Wiltsee (Director of Administration)
Phone 812-336-7110
Email info [at] cardinalstage [dot] org
Address 900 S. Walnut Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Description

Founded in 2006, the mission of Cardinal Stage Company is to advance professional theatre in Bloomington. We aim to cultivate a lifelong passion for the stage by offering diverse, high quality productions in tandem with outreach and educational initiatives that contribute to the cultural and economic vibrancy of South-Central Indiana.

Year Established 2006
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Care Circle

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Website http://www.iuhealthbloomington.org/Default.asp
Contact Cathleen Weber
Phone 812-353-9299
Address Bloomington Hospital's Alzheimer's Resource Center
431 S. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47403
Hours Free Meeting the first and third Wednesday of every month from 3:30-5 pm
Description This group provides information, sharing and support for families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, or stroke. Meetings are flexible and informal; drop-ins are welcome.

Carpenters Local Union #1664

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Website http://www.ikrcc.com/index.htm
Contact Bradley Kelley (President)
Phone 812-336-4350
Hours Union Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 7:30p.m.
Description The Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters shall maintain an open and non-discriminatory out-of-work list in each market area, for its members who desire to be referred for employment.
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