Community Organizations

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


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Website http://www.isbdc.org/location/west-central-isbdc/
Phone (812) 334-4070
Email westcentral [at] isbdc [dot] org
Address 501 North Morton Street, Suite 106
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description Our mission is to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community.
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Society for Creative Anachronism - Local Branch

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Website http://www.midrealm.org/mynyddseren/index.html
Contact Paul Friebus (Local Branch President)
Phone 812-935-0744
Email pfriebus [at] gmail [dot] com
Hours Meets weekly--call for information.
Description Non-profit education organization for people interested in the Middle Ages. Arts and Sciences Medieval research and recreation group.

Information listed is for local group; to contact the SCA directly, visit www.sca.org.

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Society of St. Vincent De Paul

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Website http://www.bloomingtonsvdp.org/
Phone 812-961-1510
Email info [at] bloomingtonsvdp [dot] org
Address 4607 W. State Rd 46
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description They provide community resource information and limited financial help. Also, they collect and distribute donated furniture and appliances to those in need through a voucher system.

St. Vincent de Paul is Catholic led, but is open to all who wish to serve Christ by serving others. In Bloomington, they currently have volunteers from the three local Catholic parishes, St. Charles, St. John's and St. Pauls as well as from St. Thomas Lutheran Church and others.

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Society of the Friends of Music of Indiana University

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Website http://www.music.indiana.edu/friends
Contact Brittany D. Friesner, (Assistant Director of Development)
Phone 812-855-5342
Email friendom [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Description

The Society of the Friends of Music is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music through its student scholarship program.

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Solidarity

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Website http://www.solidarity-us.org/
Contact Milton Fisk (Professor)
Phone (812) 332-8272
Email bloomington [at] solidarity-us [dot] org
Description Solidarity is a Socialist/feminist group committed to working openly as Socialists in the local and national communities.
Additional Contact Jeff Nelton
Phone (812) 337-0109
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Sounds of Indiana Chorus

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Website http://bloomingtonareamusic.com/2010/08/sounds-of-indiana-chorus/
Contact Steven Albert
Phone (812) 825-8989
Email salbert [at] bluemarble [dot] net
Address Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
2700 E. Rogers Road
Bloomington, IN 47401
Description Formerly known as the Hoosier Tonecutters. Sounds of Indiana Chorus is a male barbershop chorus that rehearses every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. in the small chapel at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. Visitors are always welcome to join us for a night of fun, fellowship, and great barbershop harmony.
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South Central Chapter of the Indiana native Plant and Wildflower Society

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Website http://www.inpaws.org/
Contact Steve Dunbar (President)
Email clarencestevedunbar [at] hotmail [dot] com
Description We are the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. Our mission is to promote the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization and scientific study of the flora native to Indiana and to educate the public about the values, beauty, diversity and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation.
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South Central Community Action Head Start Program

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Website http://www.insccap.org/
Contact Blakely Clements (Director)
Phone 334-8350
Description

A federally funded preschool for children of low income families of Monroe County.

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South Central Community Action Program

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Website http://www.insccap.org/
Contact Greg Ingram (general info)
Phone (812) 339-3447
Email public [at] insccap [dot] org
Hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am - 4pm; closed 12pm - 1pm for lunch; the board meets first Monday of every month at 7pm
Description South Central Community Action Program, Inc., serves as an advocate, guide, and leader in providing opportunities for the low-income population to obtain services that will help them become self-sufficient. They offer services to income-eligible households throughout a four-county service area including Monroe, Morgan, Brown, and Owen Counties. They also provide energy and weatherization assistance information, help income eligible households with their heat and electric bills, and administer the Summer Cool Program which provides fans to income eligible households.
Additional Contact Beth Pankoski (Executive Administrative Assistant)
Phone 339-3447 ext. 233
Email beth [at] insccap [dot] org
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South Central Indiana Fiction Interface

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Contact Larry Smith
Phone 333-2145
Description

Holds story critique meetings at MCPL. Call for more information.

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Southern Indiana Daylily, Hosta, Daffodil and Iris Society

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Website http://www.sidhdis.org/index.htm
Contact John Simpson (President)
Email sidhdis2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
Hours First Wednesday of each month, 7pm, Hilltop Garden Center
Description This organization was established February 7, 1996, with the purpose of promoting public interest in growing daylilies, hostas, daffodils, and iris. It offers several activities to members including education programs, garden tours, flower shows, and opportunites to obtain special rates on selected plants.
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Special Olympics Indiana - Monroe County

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Website http://www.specialolympicsmonroecounty.org/
Contact Denise Brown (County Coordinator)
Phone 812-325-1548
Email specialolympics [at] kiva [dot] net
Description Special Olympics Indiana Monroe County offers year-round sports training and thletic competition for children (8 years and over) and adults with intellectual, cognitive or learning disabilities. We offer training and competition in six sports, including Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, and Softball.
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Stages Bloomington

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Website stagesbloomington.com
Phone 812-272-2826
Email info [at] stagesbloomington [dot] com
Address P.O. Box 5036
Bloomington, IN 47407
Description

Stages Bloomington provides music, dance and theatre arts experiences for young people in grades 1-12. Stages gives youth in Bloomington and surrounding communities the opportunity to learn and participate while building self esteem and self confidence.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Stanford Community Seniors

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Contact Marcella Paul (President)
Phone 825-2631
Description Senior Citizens Club. Meets every 3rd Friday at 12 noon for potluck lunch and a guest speaker at 12:30.
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State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

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Website http://www.iuhealthbloomington.org/oth/Page.asp?PageID=OTH000082
Phone 812-353-9300
Address Bloomington Hospital Community Services
P.O. Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402
Hours 8:30-5, M-F
Description SHIP counselors offer free and objective assistance. They are not affiliated with any insurance agent or company. Call for more information.
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Stepping Stones, Inc.

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Website http://steppingstones-inc.org/
Contact Sheri Benham (Executive Director)
Phone (812) 339-9771
Email sbenham [at] steppingstones-inc [dot] org
Description

The mission of Stepping Stones is to provide a supportive community where young people experiencing homelessness can develop skills to live independently. Stepping Stones is a non-profit, independent organization that offers transitional housing for young people 16-20 years old who are experiencing homelessness.

Additional Contact Warren Wade (Assistant Director)
Email wwade [at] steppingstones-inc [dot] org
Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Stone Belt Arc

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Website http://www.stonebelt.org
Contact Leslie Green (Central Office/Headquarters)
Phone 812-332-2168
Email Lgreen [at] stonebelt [dot] org
Address 2815 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Description

Stone Belt believes in the uniqueness, worth and right to self-determination of every individual. Therefore, it is their mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower and support persons with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community.

Stone Belt is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support for people with disabilities. They are the oldest and largest agency of their kind in South Central Indiana. They provide residential, employment, manufacturing, life skills training, family support, child development and psychological services to help people actively participate in their community.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Stone Belt Rabbit Breeders Association

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Contact Ramona Richardson (Secretary)
Phone 812-339-2333
Email richardsonsfeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
Description Meets monthly, call for more information.
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Student Accounting Society

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Website http://kelley.iu.edu/sas/
Contact Mikel Tiller (Faculty Advisor)
Phone (812) 855-2619
Email sas [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address Kelley School of Business
1309 E. Tenth Street, BU530
Bloomington, IN 47405
Description The purpose of the SAS is to improve the professional, academic, and social aspects of its members' lives. It is our goal to bring accounting students, faculty, and professionals together in an 'out-of-the-classroom' atmosphere so that they can meet and discuss relevant accounting and business issues. Through activities such as professional events, community service & social functions, and committee involvement, the SAS helps its members learn the hard skills and soft skills that are needed to be successful in any business environment.
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Student Advocates Office

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Website http://studentaffairs.iub.edu/advocates/
Contact Sally Jones (Director)
Phone 812-855-0761
Email advocate [at] indiana [dot] edu
Description

We help students solve university related problems by providing individual attention to each issue. If you think you've tried everything without success to resolve an academic or administrative problem on campus, it's time to contact the Student Advocates Office. When You Don't Know Where Else to Turn... Student Advocates Can Help!

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Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

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Website http://www.seac.org/
Contact Alayne Chapman (Midwest Regional Organizer)
Email alayne [at] seac [dot] org
Description SEAC is a student and youth run national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education.
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Sunday Assembly Bloomington

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Phone 317-650-1230
Email sunassemblybloomington [at] gmail [dot] com
Description

Sunday Assembly is a worldwide network of godless congregations that meet locally to hear great talks, sing songs, & celebrate life.

Each event has a theme with stories, readings and a final address on that topic. No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a bit more whizziness into the everyday.

If you find yourself missing the big, loving community that many find in church, and are turned off by the dogma bit, then Sunday Assembly is for you!

Year Established 2014
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Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center

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Website http://susiesplace.org
Phone 812-822-1570
Address 451 S. Parkridge Dr. Suite 102
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

The Susie's Place mission is to provide a neutral, child-friendly center for the investigation of alleged child abuse and neglect, while maintaining the comfort and safety of the child as the first priority.

Year Established 2011
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Sycamore Land Trust

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Website http://sycamorelandtrust.org/
Contact Christian Freitag (Executive Director)
Phone (812) 336-5382
Email info [at] sycamorelandtrust [dot] org
Description Sycamore Land Trust (SLT) is a non-profit southern Indiana organization whose mission is to preserve our disappearing landscape.
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Sycamore Valley Gun Club

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Website http://www.svgc.org
Phone 332-8677
Email zhome [at] ccrtc [dot] com
Hours Meets 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:30 am at the Community Center in Freedom, IN
Description From website: Building on over 40 years of accident-free firearms education leadership provided by the Sycamore Valley Gun Club, the Sycamore Valley Conservation and Education Foundation was created in response to changing attitudes regarding firearms ownership. Today, the important role played by law-abiding gun owners is less well understood now than at any time in our nation's history. Through our successful acquisition of the Freedom Conservancy property, the Foundation is establishing a world-class shooting sports and firearms safety education facility right here in the heart of Southern Indiana.
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T.A.G. Investment Club

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Contact Tom Bucci
Phone 876-2143
Description Meets the first Thursday of the month at Indiana Memorial Union at 7:30pm.
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Tai Chi Chuan Association of Indiana

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Website http://www.indiana.edu/~iutaichi/
Email iutaichi [at] indiana [dot] edu
Hours Spring 2010 schedule: Saturdays 9:15am-12pm and Thursdays 7:30-9pm in HPER 163
Description T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes balance and body coordination rather than muscle strength. It requires relaxation of the mind and body and is therefore not only practiced for developing physically, but also mentally. The set of T'ai Chi movements can be practiced slowly as a form of meditation or can be adapted for self defense training.
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Tamarron Homeowner's Association

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Phone 334-1406
Description Meets monthly, 1st Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
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Tea Time Doll and Bear Club

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Contact Ruth Aten
Phone (812) 339-5879
Hours Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at various locations. Call for information.
Description

Bloomington-based collectors' group that is devoted to fostering an interest in and sponsoring learning activities related to all forms of doll and bear collecting.

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL)

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Website http://www.ncte.org/wlu/tawl
Contact Jerome C. Harste
Phone (800) 369-6283x3612
Hours call or visit web site for more information
Description This group serves as a supporting network for teachers committed to holistic learning practices in school classrooms and community action focused on best practices for teaching and learning.
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