Local Civic Groups

Bloomington has many different Civic Organizations, charitable groups whose purpose is to educate and promote community welfare and social causes. These organizations engage in many different aims, and work with our community to help it grow. These are some of these organizations working to improve our community today. See our Community Organizations for a more complete list of organizations in our community.  The Community Organizations resource includes information on groups related to alliances and advocacy, animals, civic organizations, emergency services (housing, food, money), health, political organizations, and social services.

 

Community Engagement

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Members of Bloomington Peace Action Coalition are dedicated to encouraging community participation in non-violent activities to stop, prevent, avert and end war and military occupation. They have been active in the Bloomington, IN, community since 2001.

 

Bloomington Solidarity Network

The Bloomington Solidarity Network is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to fighting for the rights and against the abuse of tenants and workers.

 

Bloomington Volunteer Network

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network (CBVN) seeks to build a strong, healthy and engaged community by connecting volunteers of all ages with opportunities to serve and by providing resources to volunteers and agencies in order to build creative and effective volunteer projects, programs and partnerships. It is their aim to inspire, support and celebrate volunteerism in the community.

 

CJAM

CJAM is a private, non-profit dedicated to providing an efficient alternative for resolving conflict and promoting restorative justice. Leveraging the time and talents of their skilled team of volunteer staff and mediators, they promote better ways to understand and deal with conflict. They are committed to making their services accessible to the vulnerable and under-served and to be responsive to emerging community needs.

 

Community Foundation

The Community Foundation fuels innovative ideas and lasting impact in Monroe County. They make grants, offer expertise, and lead in collaboration with others to meet the community’s most pressing needs and seize its most important opportunities. Their impact extends from early childhood development to aging, from basic needs to economic development, from the arts to the environment, and more.

 

Hoosier Action

Hoosier Action is a statewide, member-led community organization based in Southern Indiana. Hoosier Action envisions an Indiana where everyday Hoosiers have the power to shape and connect our communities around the issues and values that matter to us.

 

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots, citizen-led organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. The League of Women Voters believes that every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education which provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.

 

 

Social and Racial Justice

Active Aging Coalition

The Active Aging Coalition is a grassroots organization consisting of seniors, their families, caregivers, and other community advocates interested in improving lives of seniors in the community. Through monthly meetings and an interactive website, they learn about each others’ participation in the senior community, find ways to work together more efficiently, and increase understanding of available resources in Monroe County.

 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Bloomington, Indianais a local INDIANA chapter of the national organization.

 

Council For Community Accessibility

The Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is a volunteer group that advocates for the interests of people with disabilities. The CCA promotes awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities, and works to develop solutions to problems of accessibility in the community.

 

Fair Trade Bloomington

Fair Trade Bloomington is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunity for those living in Bloomington and nearby communities to contribute to global economic development and poverty relief through education and promotion of products that adhere to fair trade principles.

 

Lakota Language Consortium

The Lakota Language Consortium (LLC, The Consortium) is one of the foremost Native American language organizations in the country. A nonprofit organization made up of Native community leaders, linguists and volunteers, its primary mission is the complete revitalization of the Lakota language, one of only a small handful of Native American languages left that has a significant chance of survival.

 

Medicare for All Indiana

Medicare for All Indiana is a group of Indiana citizens who support a publicly financed, privately delivered (single payer) universal health plan at the state and national level.

 

No Space for Hate

No Space for Hate is a group of individuals working against white supremacy in Bloomington.

 

We Are You

We Are You is a nonprofit striving to reduce negative stereotypes and to empower marginalized people through photographs, statements, and face-to-face interactions. Their goals are to help "re-humanize" and empower people who feel marginalized.

 

Women Writing for a Change

Women Writing for a Change’s mission is to create safe and inspiring learning opportunities for individuals who wish to pursue the art of writing as a tool for growth and change. Theirs is a non-competitive environment where writers of all abilities are welcome.

 

 

Health and Welfare Services

Hotels for Homeless

Hotels for Homeless offers hotel rooms in Bloomington, IN, to local families displaced during the COVID-19 shutdown. They operate on housing-first, low-barrier principles.

 

Indiana Recovery Alliance

The Indiana Recovery Alliance is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.

 

Re-Entry Collective

The Re-Entry Collective is a group of individuals passionate about finding systemic solutions for individuals re-entering society from incarceration.

 

 

Animal Welfare

Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1990, and serving southern Indiana from Morgan County south to the Ohio River. Sycamore protects land by owning and caring for nature preserves, and by holding conservation easements that protect privately-owned properties. Stewardship of nature preserves includes restoration projects to improve natural habitat and building and maintaining trails for free public use.

 

Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

Indiana’s first farmed animal sanctuary, Uplands PEAK is the home to dozens of rescued farm animals and offers educational experiences and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.

 

WildCare

WildCare’s focus is on providing professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife so that they may be returned to the wild. They provide care and rehabilitation services to all native Indiana wildlife species with the exception of deer. They also strive to help protect the next generation of wildlife through education and community outreach programs

 

 

Food Security/Justice

Bloomingveg

BloomingVeg is an all-ages social and advocacy group for vegetarians, vegans, and veggie-lovers alike in Bloomington, Indiana!

 

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC) believes access to healthy food is a basic human right. MHC increases access to food for anyone in need by operating a client-choice food pantry, offering nutrition and garden programming and a community advocacy program.

 

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen of Monroe County's mission is to work, alone and in collaboration with others, to eliminate hunger in Monroe County and surrounding areas, through direct service, education, and advocacy. Community Kitchen serves anyone in need.

 

La Leche League

Breastfeeding is natural, but it’s not always easy! La Leche League of Indiana is here to help. LLL Leaders are located all over Indiana and are just a phone call or email away.

 

Pantry 279

Pantry 279 provides education about food need and food insecurity to any group who asks. They provide a place where people, families, or groups (especially youth) can learn and provide hands-on community service that really makes a difference. They provide community gardens for fresh produce and provide very-needed food once a week for families or individuals in need in Southern Indiana. Pantry 279 was conceived, built, and run by ten Girl Scouts from troop 69-279 as their Silver Award Project.

 

People’s Market

People’s Market envisions a market community driven by a set of values that reflect the highest aspirations for inclusiveness in significant and meaningful ways. Cultivating a sense of belonging for all who share these values is a main objective. It strives to build equity, create relationships, cultivate liberation, and ensure access to local food, art, and education.

 

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