Veronica Watson: NeighborWorks Week Block Party

WU student Veronica Watson partnered with Mid Central Community Action and The West Bloomington Revitalization Project to request $500 to hold a block party for the West Bloomington residents. This will serve as a conclusion to NeighborWorks Week programming and a celebration of the beginning of summer. Materials from the Tool Library will be used […]

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Nicole Pierce: Bookmarks – Books for Kids in Need

  Wesleyan Student Nicole Pierce wrote a grant for First Book-McLean County, a community partner that has provided book grants to local tutoring, mentoring and literacy programs in McLean County for 13 years. She helped them to request bookmarks for the books each child receives. The organizations goal is to provide each child in need […]


Volunteers Needed for DBA Farmers’ Market!

The Downtown Bloomington Association is looking for volunteers to assist with their weekly Farmers’ Markets starting in May and going though October!   Duties include:  – assist with financial transactions – sharing information – subbing for vendors when breaks are needed – setting up and tearing down on a monthly or bi-monthly basis   Contact […]

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Niko Garcia ’15: Boys & Girls Club

As Youth Program Intern, Niko Garcia’s (Sociology ’15) role at the BGC was to aid, tutor, and program for the children that attend the club. With the time that Niko spent at the Boys and Girls club, he created his own  basketball/fitness program for the kids that runs Wednesday and Friday nights. It is a […]


Dana Marlin ’14: Green Top Grocery

During the spring semester, Dana worked with the Outreach Committee at Green Top Grocery. As a co-op grocery store setting roots in the Bloomington-Normal area, their success relies on bringing in new owners. Dana worked with Katie Novak and other committee members to bring awareness about what a co-op grocery store is and why eating […]

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Civic Engagement Winners Announced!

On March 25th, Sam Lalonde, Student Senate Civic Engagement Commissioner, in partnership with the Action Research Center hosted the 2nd annual Civic Engagement Banquet.    Nominees and winners in a variety of categories were recognized for their continued commitment to civic engagement.    The following are the winners of the 2013-2014 Civic Engagement Awards: Excellence […]


YWCA Needs Volunteers for a Food Bank!

The YWCA McLean County is looking for students to volunteer with their monthly food bank! Volunteers would work once a month for 2-4 hours helping set up, load and unload boxes of food, and help monitor the food bank. Dates include: March 5 April 2 May 7   Interested? Contact Liz German at lgerman@ywcamclean.org or call 309-662-7826 […]

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Small Business Workshop Series!

Attend one or all of these FREE Small Business Workshops every Wednesday from 12-12:50 PM in State Farm Hall, Room 314 – open to students and community members! If you have any questions, email arc@iwu.edu.  Join the event on Facebook by clicking here.


Thank a Giver Day

The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to join in their Thank a Giver Day on Monday, February 17th! As you may or may not know, tuition only covers 70% of IWU’s operating expenses.  On February 17th, we will be 70% through the school year.  On this date we celebrate Thank a Giver Day (TAG Day) […]

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MLK Jr. Teach-In Focuses on Healthcare

From www.iwu.edu:   Health Care Part of King’s Social Justice Legacy Jennifer Prochotsky ’16 (left) and Rebecca Gearhart (right) spoke about health-care delivery in rural areas of the developing world. Jan. 21, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— More than 130 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered at Illinois Wesleyan University Monday for the University’s annual Teach-In […]


Winter Training for YWCA Stepping Stones Program!

YWCA Stepping Stones Sexual Assault Program is offering 40-hour volunteer training for those who wish to provide crisis intervention to sexual assault survivors. Winter Training Schedule Every Tuesday & Thursday: January 28 – February 20, 6 pm – 9 pm Saturdays: February 1 & February 22, 9 am – 5 pm All trainings will be held […]


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A Vision of West Bloomington

Name: Veronica Watson Year of graduation: May 2014 Major(s): International Studies, Diplomatic Studies Concentration Community Partner: WBRP & MCCA     Veronica Watson’s Reflection: My project started after I started attending some of the meetings for the West Bloomington Housing Collaborative. The Housing Collaborative is made up of the WBRP, MCCA, Habitat for Humanity, and […]


WBRP Housing Initiative-Visual Marketing

Political Science major, Nicole Jovicevic (’16), chose to help the West Bloomington Revitalization Project for her Fall Action Research Seminar Project. The WBRP has a housing initiative focused on home improvement projects. In order to attract more applicants for this initiative and to create a visually stimulating overview for the current investors, Nicole collected the […]

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The Bloomington Digital Divide

As her project for the Fall Action Research Seminar, Sarah Bergman (’15), a Political Science major, explored the digital divide in Bloomington.  By partnering with Bloomington School District 87, she researched student access to the Internet in by surveying District 87 teachers.  The choice to survey teachers was made because of their firsthand experience with […]


Track Your Life

Lexia Swope, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Springfield, IL, participated in the Action Research Seminar in the fall of 2013. In this class, she created a health and wellness program for girls at the Bloomington-Normal Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the program was to promote and teach the girls to live […]

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