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ACE Community Partner Organizations

Our ACE community partner organizations represent a broad cross-section of Bloomington's service providers, education and art 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, Director, or Michael Valliant, SLP Community Engagement Coordinator, to discuss your needs.

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

    The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship logo

    The Bloomington New Tech 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.

    Area10 Agency on Aging

    Photo of Banneker Center

    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.

    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.

    The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP)

    Photo of Banneker Center

    The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) strives to be a leading artistic force in the production and encouragement of new plays. The BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theatre artists in a professional environment. Service-learning students may get involved in development/fundraising, special events, facility maintenance, marketing activities, and artistic assistance (including props procurement, set painting, light/sound operation and backstage help).

    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.

    Main Club, 311 South Lincoln Street

    Crestmont Club, 1108 North Summit Road

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    The Ellettsville Boys & Girls Club

    Department of Economic and Sustainable Development

    The newest Club in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington family, the Ellettsville Club opened in 2009. Located in Eagles Landing — the old Ellettsville Elementary School — the facility includes a learning center, art studio, technology lab, teen club and game room. The Club features extensive program options for members including tutoring, cooking, arts, fitness and more. Members have the opportunity to attend summer, winter and spring break camps. Additionally, members have the ability to attend summer day camp at our Club or at Camp Rock. The Club provides free transportation for members to get to the Club after school each day.

    • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check.
    • Location: Eagles Landing, 200 E. Association St. Ellettsville, IN 47429
    • Bus: No nearby bus route. Please find transportation.
    • ACE: Destiny Hibbs, dthibbs@indiana.edu
    • Web: Ellettsville Boys & Girls Club

    The Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

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    Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Indiana Theater - or simply "the Indiana," as it is known to Bloomington residents - was built in 1922 as a silent movie house by Harry and Nova Vonderschmitt. In its early years, the theater had a pipe organ for movie accompaniment and bands played on the bandstand. It is said that Hoagy Carmichael led "The Collegians" here from 1925 to 1928. The Buskirk-Chumley has become the primary venue for the Lotus World Music Festival, Indiana University's African American Arts Institute, Cardinal Stage Company, and Jazz from Bloomington. The Theater hosts 200 events a year, organized by more than 50 organizations making it one of the busiest community theaters in the country.

    City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development

    Department of Economic and Sustainable Development

    The mission of the City of Bloomington's; Department of Economic & Sustainable Development is to enhance the quality of life for citizens by administering strategic programs and initiatives which foster an environment where businesses may thrive and retain and create new, quality jobs.

    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

    City of Bloomington logo

    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

    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).

    What are the Fair Trade Principles?

    • Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged artisans and producers
    • A fair price set by artisans and producers
    • Cash advances and prompt final payments
    • Long term relationships with artisans and producers
    • Gender equity
    • Safe and healthy working conditions
    • Responsible environmental practices (IFAT)

    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.

    Head Start

    Head Start

    Head Start The children who attend Head Start are 3-6 years old and the school is open between 6:30 and 5:30 Monday through Friday. Bloomington Head Start serves approximately 200 families at 8 sites around Monroe County. Service-learners help teach children cognitive skills, patience, sharing, problem-solving, hygiene, safety and practice in good decision-making and assist parents at evening and weekend Council of Involved Families events.

    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.
    • Bus: No nearby bus route. Please find transportation or call to arrange carpooling.
    • ACE: Marina Young, youngml@indiana.edu
    • Web: http://www.hhfoodbank.org/

    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.

    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.

    Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

    Mother Hubbarbs Cupboard logo

    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

    My Sisters Closet logo

    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.

    New Leaf New Life

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    Requirements: OrientationThe primary goal of New Leaf New Life is helping individuals to become "contributing members" of the community. New Leaf has dedicated itself to finding the most effective use for existing community organizations and of volunteer resources in order to implement programs for inmates and individuals recently released from jail. New Leaf also coordinates with volunteers who serve as "navigators" for inmates and those released from jail to find help and sources of support in order to better ensure a successful re-entry into life, work, and the community as a whole.

    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.

    WonderLab

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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.