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:


  Community Engagement

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition strives to educate the community about war, peace and U.S. foreign policy, demilitarization, and humanitarian issues. It strives to empower people to take action in response to this information and become advocates for legislative progress.

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network is your one-stop source for volunteer information in Bloomington and Monroe County. We invite you to connect to your community through volunteering to "be the change!" Search for volunteer opportunities.

Mission: The City of Bloomington Volunteer network exists to mobilize volunteers to address community issues and build on community assets.

Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

Created by individuals, families, and businesses who share a passion for Monroe County and a vision for its future, the Community Foundation has granted $21 million to more than 380 local nonprofit organizations. Our $26 million endowment is growing and so is the difference we make by connecting caring people, important cuases, and community resources.

League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through advocacy and education. Membership is open to men and women 16 and older.

LWV-BMC publishes The League Letter.

Monroe County Community Justice and Mediation Center

CJAM is a nonprofit community agency serving Monroe County, Indiana and the surrounding counties of southern Indiana. The mission of CJAM is to promote a civil and just community through mediation, education, and restorative justice. We envision a fair community that learns from conflict, prevents harm, and grows in understanding.


  Social and Racial Justice

Active Aging Coalition

The Active Aging Coalition is a grassroots organization consisting of older adults, their families, caregivers, and other community advocates interested in improving lives of older adults in our community. Through monthly meetings and an interactive website, we learn about each others participation in the older adult community, find ways to work together more efficiently, and increase our own understanding of available resources.

Council for Community Accessibility CCA

The Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is a volunteer group that advocates for the interests of people with disabilities. Formerly known as the Community Council on Handicap Concerns, the group was formed in 1990. See web page for more information and a link to the current meeting schedule.

Fair Trade Bloomington

Fair Trade Bloomington was incorporated in October of 2007 with the goal of educating about Fair Trade and increasing the availability of Fair Trade products in Bloomington, Indiana. We are 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 products that adhere to fair trade principles. In 2013, Bloomington became Indiana's First Fair Trade Town.

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.

Women Writing for (a) Change

The Bloomington affiliate of Women Writing for (a) Change is an emerging school which supports the lives of women for whom writing is, or is becoming, an important creative and spiritual practice. The mission of the school has always been to create a healthy, creatively-charged writing community that celebrates the voices of women (and men in select offerings) in search of authenticity, deeper consciousness, healing, personal transformation and re-connection.


  Food Security/Justice


BloomingVEG is an all-ages social and advocacy group for vegetarians, vegans, and veggie-lovers alike in Bloomington, Indiana. Some of our activities include potlucks, advocacy events, and dine-outs.

Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc

501(c)3 Hunger Relief agency providing free meals to anyone in need from two locations, from 4-6 pm, M-Sat, and outreach programs to the community's most vulnerable: children, older adults, and the chronically ill.

La Leche League

The mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.

Evening Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (no evening meeting in January and July) at 7:00 p.m., at Bloomington Area Birth Services, 2458 South Walnut Street (NW corner of Walnut & Country Club/Winslow).

Morning meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the First United Church, Room #1, 2420 East Third Street (SW corner of E. 3rd St. & S. Woodcrest Ave.)

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

MHC is a food pantry redistributing nutritious food and providing nutrition education. From their website: "Patrons enjoy free choice of food items, one visit per week without a cut-off period, one grocery bag per person in the household to fill, a simple sign-in process that requires no justification of need, and the chance to volunteer and help run the pantry they use."


  Animal Welfare

Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects important natural areas and family farms in 26 southern Indiana counties. We are member supported. Many of our preserves are open to the public for hiking and bird watching, and we offer environmental education activities, events, and volunteer opportunities.

WildCare Inc.

WildCare Inc. provides professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in Indiana.  Call before bringing in an animal.