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ACE Community Partner Organizations

Our ACE community partner organizations represent a broad cross-section of Bloomington's service providers, education, art, and municipal institutions.  As of the 2014-2015 academic year, ACEs or Advocates for Community Engagement serve at these twenty-nine agencies faciliating service-learning placements that support the work of their organizations. Faculty and inistructors teaching or designing service-learning courses can use these descriptions to learn which agencies best suit their classes. Service requirements and agency and ACE contact information are included in each profile. ACEs work during the regular academic year and will reply most reliably to e-mails during that time.

Service-learning placements are not limited to these organizations. If you are faculty or an instructor seeking other community partners please contact Nicole Schonëmann, SLP Director, or Michael Valliant, SLP Community Engagement Coordinator, to discuss your needs.

    Area10 Agency on Aging

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    Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, nonprofit organization serving Monroe and Owen Counties. Established in 1981, we are one of sixteen Agencies on Aging in the state of Indiana. The agency provides a wide variety of high-quality, affordable services to seniors and/or persons with disabilities and to others in the community who have concerns with family members or friends.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington

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    Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington develops youth to become productive, caring, responsible citizens with a special concern for those most in need. Service-learners work with youth in after school activities including the art, homework help, teen programs, technology, sports and recreation.

    Lincoln Street Unit

    Crestmont Unit

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    Ellettsville Unit

    Department of Economic and Sustainable Development

    City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

    Banneker at the View

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    The Benjamin Banneker Community Center (part of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation) offers a wide variety of recreational activities for children and families. Service-learners help with daily activities, seasonal events, family-focused sports programs, and structured after school programming. The Center's amenities include a full size gymnasium, library, kitchen, and various other recreation areas.

    Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources

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    The mission of Bloomington Parks and Recreation is to provide essential services, facilities and programs necessary for the positive development and well-being of the community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational facilities while working in cooperation with other service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources.

    Fair Trade Bloomington and Global Gifts

    Fair Trade Bloomington logo

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

    What is fair trade?

    Fair trade is "a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers—especially in the South" (IFAT).

    Girls Inc.

    Girls Inc.

    Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada. Serving nearly 550 girls in Monroe County, we strive to meet the needs of the girls in our community through exciting, research-driven programming, sound mentoring, and our supportive, all-girl environment. We help girls and young women overcome the effects of gender inequities that continue to exist in our society. We exist to empower girls to become responsible, self-reliant, successful women.

    Harmony School

    Habitat ReStore

    Since its founding in 1974, Harmony School has been dedicated to the historic purpose of schooling: preparing young people to participate thoughtfully and actively in our democratic society. Harmony School provides a setting in which teachers, students, researchers, administrators, parents, and community members come together to develop creative yet sensible educational theories, practices, and materials.

    Habitat ReStore and Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat ReStore

    The Monroe County Habitat ReStore is a discount home improvement store that sells quality new and like-new furniture, building materials, and more. ReStore’s inventory comes from accepting donations from individuals, companies, and other organizations. 100% of proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat for Humanity’s work in Monroe County. 

    Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.

    SCCAP Head Start

    Head Start

    SCCAP Head Start has been in existence since 1965 and is a federally funded, child development program dedicated to providing low-income families with a quality preschool education. Head Start is a family centered child development program whose mission is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. SCCAP Head Start serves over 300 children and families in Monroe County. SCCAP Head Start offers services from prenatal up through age 5, at 10 different sites around the county.

    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center

    Head Start

    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center was first established by IU Biology Professor, Barbara Shalucha in 1948. Hilltop has primarily focused on youth gardening, but has expanded its reach throughout the University and surrounding community to provide opportunities to learn about different gardening practices and connecting with nature. Hilltop provides many educational opportunities for students through various internships and work study programs. Hilltop has also provided gardening classes for adults and volunteer opportunities. Visitors are always welcome at Hilltop to tour our demonstration gardens, enjoy nature or find a good idea for their garden.

    Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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    Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects, stores, and distributes nutritious food products to nonprofit organizations, which provide free feeding programs that serve both ill and needy families and individuals in Monroe, Martin, Owen, Orange, Brown, and Lawrence Counties in Central Indiana.

    • Requirements: Brief orientation; wear closed-toed shoes and dress for weather.
    • Location: 2333 Industrial Park Dr., Bloomington, IN 47402
    • Bus: No nearby bus route. Please find transportation or call to arrange carpooling.
    • ACE: Marina Young,
    • Web:

    The IU Office of Sustainability

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    The IU Bloomington Office of Sustainability grew from a recommendation in the 2008 Campus Sustainability Report, which recommended an office that reports to the Provost and the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities. The office has two full time staff: a director and an assistant director. A Campus Sustainability Advisory Board of approximately 40 members advises the office. CSAB is co-chaired by an academic representative and an operations representative to continue the dual nature of the office’s mission. Its members serve on seven Working Groups: Academic Initiatives, Energy and the Built Environment, Environmental Quality and Land Use, Food, Resource Use and Recycling, Sustainable Computing, and Transportation. Each of those Working Groups is co-chaired by academic and operational representatives and is composed of faculty, staff, student and community volunteers.

    Middle Way House

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    Middle Way House provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter for battered women and their dependent children, as well as crisis intervention services, referrals, and support on our 24 hour crisis line (812) 336-0846. Additional services supported by volunteer work include legal advocacy, domestic and sexual violence support group, on-scene advocacy, and economic development opportunities.

    The Rise (Middle Way's Transitional Housing Program)

    The Rise is a service enriched transitional housing program for families headed by women who have experienced domestic violence and homelessness. On-site programs for families include adult tutoring, childcare, youth empowerment programming, mother's support group, and more.

    • Requirement: Attend 8-hour training session.
    • Location: 318 S Washington St, Bloomington, IN 47401 
    • Phone: (812) 337-4510
    • Bus: Middle Way House and the Rise are close to downtown and on the city bus line. They are walking distance from the bus depot at 4th and Washington.
    • ACE:Justin Krieg,
    • Web: Middle Way House

    Monroe County Community School Corporation

    The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship: A New Technology High School

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    The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship: A New Technology High School is an innovative school that offers graduates the opportunity to earn the Core 40 Diploma or the Academic Honors Diploma. The New Tech model provides an instructional approach centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and teachers, and integrated technology in the classroom. Our goal is to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. Our school is a member of the New Tech Network.

    Batchelor Middle School

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    Batchelor Middle School is dedicated to enhancing the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of all students to produce active learners capable of meeting future challenges.

    Jackson Creek Middle School

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    Tri-North Middle School

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    • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check.
    • Location: 1000 W 15th St, Bloomington, IN 47404
    • Bus: Route 2 West (2 West 11th St Via Showers Complex)
    • ACE: Mackenzie Mendel,
    • Web:

    Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)

    Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)

    Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) has been providing social services in Monroe County since 1939. MCUM is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization (EIN # 35-1313090) that provides affordable childcare for working families and basic needs assistance to Monroe County residents in crisis. MCUM receives support in many forms from more than 40 local faith communities, in addition to support from a wide variety of other sources, but our programs do not include a religious component.

    • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check for daycare center
    • Location: 827 West 14th Court, Bloomington, IN 47404
    • Bus: Route 2
    • Web:

    Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

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    Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is a food pantry that provides the Bloomington community with free, healthful, and when available, local and organic produce and foodstuffs. In addition to providing food five days a week to people in need, MHC has a Community Gardening Program, run by patrons and volunteers. The gardens are settings for education and workshops, and during the growing season, they provide the pantry with fresh and nutritious food. MHC also offers a Nutrition Program that includes seminars on health, a library on healthy living, and endless supplies of handouts and recipes.

    My Sister’s Closet

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    My Sister's Closet is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established to provide free work force attire and Success Institute training to low-income and at-risk women pursuing employment. Our Bargain Boutique if filled with new and gently used quality clothing available for purchase to the public. Inside you will find a wonderful variety of suits, pants, skirts, blouses, sweaters, and accessories to help you fit into your new career, prepare you for that important interview, and maintain a fashionable wardrobe within a budget.

    Office of English Language Learning

    The Project School

    The Office of English Language Learning strives to help students develop academic English skills for success in a learning environment that values individual, cultural differences and is tailored to each student's English language proficiency level. While addressing academic standards, students have regular opportunities to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

    The MCCSC also offers adult ESL classes to help parents and new community members feel comfortable in their new home. Extra help for English learners and their families is available through the Bloomington community as well.

    People and Animal Learning Services (PALS)

    The Project School

    PALS is dedicated to providing comprehensive, individualized therapeutic equine programs designed by professionals to intentionally develop and restore functional skills, enhance well-being and improve quality of life.

    The Project School

    The Project School

    The vision of the Project School is to eliminate the predictive value of race, class, gender and special capacities on student success in our school and in our communities by working together with families and community to ensure each child’s success.The mission of The Project School is to uncover, recover and discover the unique gifts and talents that each child brings to school everyday. Our school works collaboratively with families, community members and social service agencies to solve real problems, as well as create art for public spaces. Students graduate from The Project School as stewards of the environment with the will, skill, capacity, and knowledge to contribute to the greater good.

    Shalom Community Center

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    Shalom Community Center is a safe, daytime resource center for those who are experiencing homelessness or poverty, providing breakfast and lunch M–F as well as referrals, social service contacts, job help, toiletries, baby supplies, clothes, groceries, shower, laundry facilities, and Internet access. Service-learners can assist as kitchen or hospitality volunteers.

    • Requirements: General orientation for all volunteers, mandatory hospitality volunteer training and criminal history check in the hospitality role. Please visit our website, under the section "Volunteering for Shalom," to see the most current orientation schedule.
    • Location: 620 S. Walnut, Bloomington, IN 47401
    • Bus: Route 1
    • ACE: Katie Thien,
    • Web:

    Templeton Elementary School

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    At Templeton, service-learners assist children and teachers in classrooms and family programming.



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    WonderLab provides opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, foster lifelong learning and explore connections to the arts and everyday life.