Community Partners

Photo of of Shalom Community Center

Beacon is a vital, leading, compassionate organization which aides and empowers those experiencing need with a full range of support services to reduce hunger, poverty, and homelessness in communities we serve. Beacon includes Shalom day shelter, A Friend’s Place overnight shelter, a winter shelter that opened to support housing in early 2021, and additional programming. The bulk of our service-learners complete their service at Shalom, a safe, daytime resource center for those who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. Shalom provides 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.

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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

  • Requirements: Orientation and criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location1201 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404 (temporary location for 2017-2018)
  • Bus: Route 3 Highland Village / Curry Pike
  • ACE: Pablo Fierst Garcia, pfierstg@iu.edu 
  • Web: https://bgcbloomington.org/lincoln-street/

Crestmont Unit

Ellettsville Unit

  • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 8045 W. State Road 46, Ellettsville, IN 47429
  • Bus: No nearby bus route. Please drive, arrange carpooling, or consider Rural Transit (not affiliated with Bloomington Transit).
  • ACE: Ellie Stewart, estewar@iu.edu
  • Web: https://bgcbloomington.org/ellettsville-club/

Banneker at the View

Photo of Banneker Center

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.

  • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: Suite 250 401 N Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Bus: Route 3 Highland Village / Curry Pike and Route 6L
  • ACE: 
  • Web: https://bloomington.in.gov/departments/parks

Harmony School

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.

  • Requirements: Orientation. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 909 East 2nd Street Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Bus: Routes 3, 9, 9L, A
  • ACE: Olivia Mcdermott-Sipe, omcdermo@iu.edu
  • Web: http://www.harmonyschool.org/

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.

  • Requirements: Orientation. Local criminal background check only if service-learning students are working with groups of children regularly. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 2367 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Bus: Route 6, 6L or 9
  • ACE: Maxwell Gillespie, maxgille@iu.edu
  • Web: http://www.indiana.edu/~landscap/hilltop/index.shtml

Photo of Hoosier HIlls Food Bank

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. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 2333 Industrial Park Dr., Bloomington, IN 47402
  • Bus: No nearby bus route. Please find transportation or call to arrange carpooling.
  • ACE: Ashlynn Waldrip, ajwaldri@iu.edu
  • Web: http://www.hhfoodbank.org/


LIFEDesigns logoLIFEDesigns is a comprehensive resource for people with disabilities and their families in south central Indiana. We offer services for every stage of life. We aim to facilitate active citizenship, fulfilling relationships, and rewarding employment through inclusive communities that foster dignity and respect.

  • Requirements: Orientation and a waiver for a photo release and a form to work with children. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: LIFEDesigns Office, 200 East Winslow Road, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Bus: Route 1 S. Walnut/Clear Creek Shopping Center & Route 7
  • ACE: Zoë Verteramo, zoverter@iu.edu
  • Web: http://lifedesignsinc.org/

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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. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • 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 Downtown Transit Center at 3rd and Walnut.
  • ACE: Amy Cruz, amycruz@iu.edu
  • Web: Middle Way House

The mission of the MCPL is to enrich lives and strengthen our community by providing equitable access to information and opportunities to read, learn, discover, and create. In addition to its collection of books, movies, and music, the MCPL offers children's programming, ESL services, technological resources, and other educational opportunities.

MCPL - The Ground Floor

Monroe County Public Library houses a teen space, branded The Ground Floor, for library users from 12–19 years old. The Ground Floor facilitates teen leadership, creativity, digital literacy, quiet study, and recreation.

  • Requirements: Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Bus: Routes 1, 3 College Mall / East 3rd Street, 4 High Street / Sherwood Oaks, 5
  • ACE: Mireya Felix, mifelix@iu.edu
  • Web: https://mcpl.info/

Monroe County School Corporation

Office of English Language Learning

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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.

  • Requirements: Orientation. Local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 315 E. North Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Bus: Route 1 South Walnut/Clear Creek S.C.
  • ACE: Mahnoor (Noor) Qureshi, naquresh@iu.edu
  • Web: http://www.mccsc.edu/domain/59

Fairview Elementary School

Fairview Artful Learning School staff, students, and families, take collective responsibility for providing a respectful, rigorous and engaging learning environment where the artistic process, along with inquiry and collaboration are used to promote life long learning and high levels of achievement for all students.

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  • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location:500 W. 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Bus: Route 2 W 11th St via Showers Complex & Route 3 Highland Village / Curry Pike
  • ACE: Joy Spence, ACE4Fairview@gmail.com
  • Web: http://www.mccsc.edu/fairview

Templeton Elementary

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Templeton Elementary is located in the heart of Bloomington, Indiana and is part of the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC). Templeton serves students ages 3-13 (preschool-grade 6) in brain-compatible, multi-age, and single grade classroom structures that are focused on meeting the needs of all children with a global minded focus. The Templeton Community is committed to the development of inquiring,  knowledgeable, caring and globally minded lifelong learners who positively impact our world.

  • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 1400 Brenda Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Bus route: Route 1 (South Walnut/Clear Creek); Route 7 (Henderson/Walnut Express)
  • ACE: Jaylynn Burney, jcburney@iu.edu
  • Web: https://www.mccsc.edu/templeton

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. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 827 West 14th Court, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Bus: Route 2 W 11th St via Showers Complex
  • ACE: Paige Kotecki, pkotecki@iu.edu
  • Web:http://www.mcum.org/

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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.

SCCAP Thriving Connections

SCCAP Thriving Connections

A Thriving Connections Team is a supportive friendship across class lines, made up of one Leader who is living on a low-income and three or four Allies who are living on a middle-class income. A Team typically meets once or twice a month to work toward achieving the Leader's plans for moving out of poverty.

SSCAP 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.

  • Requirements: Application, criminal background check, current physical and TB test (if more than 8 hours per month). Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 1502 W. 15th St., Bloomington, IN 47404, corner of 15th & Lindbergh
  • Bus: Route 2W
  • ACE: Gabrielle Budd, grbudd@iu.edu
  • Web: http://www.insccap.org/pages/head_start_early_head_start

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.

  • Requirements: Orientation and local criminal background check. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 349 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Bus: Within a block south of the Downtown Transit Center on 3rd and Walnut.
  • ACE: Caitlin Burke, caaburke@iu.edu 
  • Web: http://www.bloomingtonprojectschool.org

WonderLab logoWonderLab 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.

  • Requirements: Orientation. Orientation required within first four weeks of the semester.
  • Location: 308 W. Fourth Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
  • Bus: Route 3 College Mall / East 3rd Street & Route 4 Bloomfield Rd / Heatherwood
  • ACE: Elizabeth Ketzner, eketzner@iu.edu
  • Web:http://www.wonderlab.org/