Reality Store, WonderGarden, Reading Program

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network is your source for local volunteer information. For a complete list, visit BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org or call 812-349-3433. The inclusion of an organization on this list does not imply the City’s endorsement or endorsement of the organization’s activities or policies.

Information and registration information for the following opportunities can be found online at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org.

Reality Store in Tri-North

The Reality Store is a fun simulation brought to you by Success School at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce that helps seventh and eighth graders make the connection between academic success and the lifestyle they envision for themselves after graduation. Students receive salaries based on their actual GPA. Then students move from table to table (with volunteer staff) buying housing, transportation, groceries, insurance, furniture, clothing, electronics, vacations, utilities, childcare children, pets, electronics and other real life items. This wonderful volunteer opportunity enlightens students and encourages them to consider extending their school career. Over 200 students will be on hand to participate in this hands-on exercise that will teach them the importance of budgeting and help them see the impact their grades can have on their future. Approximately 50 volunteers are needed to host this event at Tri-North Middle School on Friday, March 11. Shifts are 8:42 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (breakfast) or 11:42 a.m. to 2:17 p.m. (lunch). If you’re interested or want more details, email Mary Lechner at mlechner@chamberbloomington.org or sign up at https://bit.ly/3shLRTm.

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Volunteering WonderLab WonderGarden

It’s time to grab your group opportunity dates in the WonderGarden at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. If your group enjoys working outdoors, enjoys digging, cutting, digging and planting, and is up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, this opportunity is perfect! No experience is necessary. Each WonderGarden Volunteer Day will be led by experts from the Bloomington Master Gardeners program to help with instruction and education. Volunteers should wear dirt-resistant shoes and clothing, bring gloves, a mask, and a bottle of water. Spring Garden work days are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 6 and 22 and May 3, 13 and 24. Summer and fall dates are also available. Contact Kelli Debikey at kelli@wonderlab.org or 812-337-1337 ext. 21 for any questions.

Read Me Volunteers

Read to Me is a cooperative program between New Leaf-New Life and the Monroe County Public Library where incarcerated parents can create recordings of themselves reading a book and share the recording and the book with their children. The program aims to promote literacy, a love of learning and the improvement of family relationships. We are looking for volunteer help in processing program requests and conducting recorded reading sessions. Learn more and sign up as a volunteer by contacting info@newleafnewlife.org.

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Spotlight on the Community Wishlist

BLOOMINGTON GLOBAL GIFTS

Global Gifts is a non-profit fair trade store committed to serving poor artisans and producers in developing countries. Contact Melissa Adkins at 812-336-7402 or melissa@globalgiftsft.com for more information.

Featured wishes: International music CDs, music CDs created by BIPOC & LGBTQ+ artists (both here and abroad), paper towels, small shelves no larger than 26 inches. Check out their full wishlist online.

You can find current in-kind material needs on the year-round Community Wish List at BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/communitywishlist.