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Alternative Break Information

Alternative Fall Break: Chicago

Thursday, October 9th (departing campus at 4:00pm) through Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Interested in the religious and cultural diversity of Chicago?  Want to learn more about interfaith engagement and service?  We will be spending two nights and two days in Chicago visiting Christian, Jewish, Baha’i and Muslim faith communities, and learning about—and engaging in—interfaith service and dialogue, including volunteer opportunities with The Night Ministry and City Farm on Clybourn Ave. We’ll be staying at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and will also visit one of Chicago’s great restaurants on Devon Ave.

Questions?  Contact University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at

Alternative Spring Break:  Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

March 7th through March 14th, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to serve and sweat along with a great group of IWU students?  Interested in getting to know another city and local culture?  Collegiate Challenge is a program of Habitat for Humanity International that brings thousands of students to Habitat locations across the southern United States during the month of March—and IWU students are among these amazing students!  Travel to a warmer locale and spend a week building a house and working alongside the family who will live there, and go deeper in your understanding of housing as a human right and a matter of social justice!  The exact location of the trip will be revealed in October, following IWU’s registration with the Collegiate Challenge Program.

Program application:

Applications due by October 31st.

Questions?  Contact University Chaplain and Habitat RSO Advisor Elyse Nelson Winger at


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: Farmers' Market

– 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 Marisa Brooks at at for more information!

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 or call 309-662-7826 ext. 228.



Thank a Giver Day

The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to join in their Thank a Giver Day on Monday, February iwu heart17th!
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) and take time to thank alumni, parents, and friends for their generous donations that help cover the remaining 30% of the school year.  Help us by staffing tables on TAG Day, as we ask the campus community to help us “Thank A Giver” by personalizing a postcard (or 3!).
To sign up to volunteer, click the link below:
Please contact Sherry McClarty at with any questions!



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.ywca

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 at YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Rd. in Bloomington (lower level entrance). 
Volunteer Duties
Confidentiality is REQUIRED! After completing the 40-hour training, volunteers will carry a pager and must be on call for one shift a month. Shift options include:
 4 pm Monday to 4 pm Wednesday**
 4 pm Wednesday to 4 pm Friday**
 4 pm Friday to 4 pm Monday**
Crisis intervention means possibly speaking with a victim/survivor on the phone or providing support at the hospital or police department.
**Volunteers must have their pager on during the entire time they are on-call; volunteers will respond to calls between 4 pm and 8 am and on weekends. Paid staff respond to crisis calls during business hours M-F between 8 am and 4pm.
Training Overview
The volunteer training covers types of sexual violence, rape trauma syndrome, crisis intervention techniques, listening/communication skills, medical and legal advocacy, psychology of sexual violence and information about community partners providing different levels of assistance to survivors.
Get Involved
If you are interested, please fill out an application and submit to Elizabeth Rardin at the YWCA address above. You will be contacted to schedule an orientation/interview once the form is received. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 17th. Call Elizabeth Rardin at (309) 662-0461 ext. 286 or email

Click below for application:

 Volunteer Application Stepping Stones

The Baby Fold Volunteer Opportunity: Festival of Trees

The Baby Fold: Festival of Trees


The Festival of Trees is a family centered holiday event for the community hosted by The Baby Fold. Proceeds from the Festival go toward serving the children and families of The Baby Fold.  Visitors enjoy a venue of custom-designed trees, a large selection of celebrity items, a gingerbread village, unique centerpieces, wreaths, and holiday table settings.


This event is not possible without your help! Volunteer for 3 hr times slots anywhere from Nov 19th to Nov 25th and help The Baby Fold serve children year round.


For more information about the event visit:


To look at sign up and search available time slots and volunteer position visit:


Volunteers Needed for Mid Central Community Action!

IWU Junior Dave McGrath is looking for volunteers to help collect surveys for Mid Central Community Action!
The survey is collecting information on residential experience living in West Bloomington. We have 130 surveys and just need 70 more by December 31st.

We are looking for volunteers for November 23rd from about 12-4 pm. mid central community action
Lunch will be provided!
The results of this project will go very far in local nonprofits’ planning efforts directed towards the westside.
If you are interested or have any questions, please email Dave McGrath at  

Volunteer at Labyrinth Outreach!

labyrinth-logo243Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women is a not-for-profit, 501 ( c ) (3), organization that provides long term supportive services to women from McLean County who have been incarcerated or on probation.

Our goal is to collaborate with all available local social service agencies to assist the women to remain free of future court involvement.

Our vision is to significantly reduce recidivism.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Serving as a Board member
Grant writing
Organizing a fundraising event
Providing clerical work 

If interested, please contact us at


 Tel: 309-831-6491

Volunteer at the Ecology Action Center!

The Ecology Action Center needs volunteers to help with clean water protection programs, recycling programs, research, and more! Follow the link below to check out all of the opportunities available. action center

Book Bike Needs a Volunteer to be Dora!

Do you know Dora? We need a student to wear the Dora the Explorer costume (a big costume – like the Tommy Titan mascot) for an event with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project Book Bike. The event will be held on Friday night, Dec 6 from 5-8pm at Commerce Bank in downtown Bloomington. Be Dora, hand out books, play with kids, be a part of a very festive holiday tradition in the community!

Email if you are interested! WBRP Book Bike

Social Media Marketing Opportunity!

Assist a local business with social media! Many small business owners need help in organizing and managing a Facebook page and a marketing campaign. Using photos, videos, promoting posts, building fans – your expertise can help a small business to reach new audiences. This is a great opportunity to make a big impact that can be scheduled on your own time and you don’t need a car. Talk with ARC to find a small business partner that is a good fit for you!

Visit us on the first floor of CLA, or email us at

Volunteer at the BPL Book Shoppe!

bloomington public libraryThe Bloomington Public Library needs you! Business is great and we want to make you a partner in the excitement. We are looking for detail-oriented, friendly individuals to volunteer in our used Book Shoppe. If you want retail experience, you can help price and re-stock our shelves once or twice a week; if you want a little more physical activity, we need help sorting and collecting books on our monthly Saturday Donation Days. If you love action and people, we have a “job” for you!


  • Accuracy is the key to successfully completing the responsibilities of this opportunity—great attention to detail is necessary for performing these duties accurately
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions, learn assigned tasks, and adhere to prescribed routines
  • Ability to provide friendly, quality service to both internal and external customers
  • Ability to clearly communicate in the English language
  • Have access to and user knowledge of an active email account
  • Ability to transport books and other materials
  • Ability to bend, kneel, stretch, lift, and push up to 50 pounds

If you are ready to help out, contact Susie Vigil, Secretary309.557.8905

Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

We couldn’t build homes without your help at our ReStore! We receive donated goods and sell them to the general public. We always need help — from material handling to electronics testing to customer service. Volunteer Opportunities are often available Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm. For questions, please contact the ReStore Manager.habitat for humanity


Marcus Hayes
(309) 454-6047

Western Avenue Food Pantry Needs Volunteers!

Western Avenue’s Food Pantry is open Tuesday-Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Welcoming clients, distributing food, and record-keeping are among the volunteer opportunities.

Interested in working at the WACC food pantry? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Christy Komnick, at 309-829-4807 ext. 311 or by e-mail at

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Western Avenue is Looking for Basketball Volunteers!

Western Avenue Community Center LINC Youth Fall/Winter Basketball League: Basketball leagues for grades 2nd – high school are held at the Lawrence Irving Neighborhood Center (LINC) on Monday – Thursday evenings. If you enjoy a fast-paced and exciting environment, our LINC basketball program needs you! Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, mentoring, and coaching.

Interested? Contact the WACC volunteer coordinator, Christy Komnick, at 309-829-4807 ext. 311 or by e-mail


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