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2011 Be More Award Nominees


The nominations are in...

PRESENTING THE BE MORE AWARDS CLASS OF 2011! Every one of the following 86 nominees are examples of the inspiring stories and achievements of volunteers in our community.

These outstanding nominees and the spirit of volunteerism in our community were celebrated at the 2011 Be More Awards Celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. View the recipients here.

2-150FA Family Readiness Groups

BMA2011_1_Family Readiness Group100px Indiana National Guard Family Programs/ 219th BFSB/2-150FA Family Readiness Groups

The 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Family Readiness Groups (FRG) consistently go above and beyond to take care of the Families and Service members of their respective units. They continuously strive to be the link between soldiers and their families.

2010 MCCSC Referendum Volunteers

BMA2011_2ReferendumVols Monroe County Community School Corporation

The MCCSC Referendum Volunteers represent individuals from all walks of life who came together for one common purpose: the educational future of Monroe County's students. The successful passage of the referendum on November 2, 2010 represented the sacrifices of over 1,000 volunteers and countless hours of planning and canvassing.

Altrusa Club of Bloomington

BMA2011_3_Altrusa3100px Altrusa Club of Bloomington

Altrusa International, Inc. of Bloomington, may not be the largest service club in the city, but it is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic. Member's efforts have benefitted many nonprofits including Hoosier Hills Food Bank, the VITAL program at the Library, MCUM Food Pantry, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Salvation Army, Teachers Warehouse, and WTIU Telethon.

Argus K9 Search and Rescue

BMA2011_4_ArgusK9_photo100px2 Argus K9 Search and Rescue

As a group, Argus K9 Search and Rescue has been serving local law enforcement, Monroe County and surrounding counties for over 10 years. This team of volunteers and canines trains year round to provide 24/7 service whenever the need arises to assist in locating lost or missing individuals.

Best Buddies Indiana University

BMA2011_5BestBuddies Best Buddies Indiana University

Best Buddies IU stands out as a top chapter making a real difference in the Bloomington community. Through their service to Stone Belt, they provide opportunities for social inclusion between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly 30 Buddy Pairs hang out on campus, around town, and attend group activities on a regular basis.

Bloomington High School North Work Study Program

BMA2011_WorkstudyJames D. BMA2011_6WorkstudyRebecah W. BMA2011_6WorkstudyZachM. Middle Way House Inc./Rise

The Work Study Program introduces developmentally delayed students to the community through volunteering. Participants serve at various organizations including Middle Way House, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Monroe County United Ministries, Shalom Center and the City of Bloomington. This program is a superb example of the community and the MCCSC working together to create a better future for everyone!

Bloomington Housing Authority Resident Council

BMA2011_7_BHARC1 Bloomington Housing Authority Resident Council

The five BHARC officers are an example to their fellow residents, showing how a person can have hope and work hard to improve themselves and their community. BHARC's current projects include a Neighborhood Watch Program, resident computer lab, food distribution, GED classes, and self-sufficiency workshops.

Bloomington Job's Daughters Bethel #22

BMA2011_8JobsDaughters Bloomington Job's Daughters Bethel #22

Providing leadership and personal development opportunities for girls ages 10-20. The girls in Bloomington Job's Daughters are working behind the scenes to truly help make a difference in our community. Their service has included projects for Martha's House, Hannah House, Middle Way House, Salvation Army, Community Kitchen and the "Valentines for Vets" project.

Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Union Local 586

BMA2011_9Firefighters Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Union Local 586

As firefighters they are programmed to help people and as an organization they are actively involved in supporting many worthy local causes. They are parents, friends and neighbors and believe in giving back to the city they proudly serve. Annual efforts include Shop with a Firefighter, building the CASA Playhouse for the annual raffle, and participating in the Hoosier Burn Camp.

Bloomington North Student Council

BMA2011_10BHSNStudentCouncil Bloomington High School North Student Council

The Bloomington High School North Student Council members exemplify energy, dedication, selflessness, community service, democratic action, and social justice. Their numerous activities over the past few years include a vast array of projects that help make life in Monroe County so wonderful, including organizing a 10K bike ride in honor of MCCSC math teacher, Greg Mongold.

Bloomington Quilters Guild

BMA2011_11_BlgtnQuiltersGuild_Retreat_Pat_and_Friend100px Middle Way House

The Bloomington Quilters Guild created 50 unique quilts for Middle Way House's new emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Each quilt takes nearly 100 hours to complete! The encouragement and warmth (literally) which these quilts have brought to their recipients will survive.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

BMA2011_3BSO Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

For 41 years the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has promoted lifelong appreciation for music. Now, their Children's Instrument Recovery Program (CHIRP) makes reconditioned used instruments available for children so they can fully participate in and enjoy school music programs.

Bread of Life Soup for the Soul

BMA2011_13_BreadofLifeSoupfortheSoul100px Bread of Life Soup for the Soul

Bread of Life Soup for the Soul is a 100% volunteer organization whose volunteers donated over 7000 hours to the community in 2010. Services include home-cooked meals every Saturday to more than one hundred people and a child based food pantry.

City of Bloomington Black History Month Steering Committee

BMA2011_14_BHM 2011 Committee100px City of Bloomington (Safe and Civil City Program)

For 8 years, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Steering Committee has worked to implement programs that increase awareness about the contributions of African-Americans. Highlights of 2011's programming included the Kick-off Tribute to Montford Point Marines and the Black History Month Gala.

Eigenmann Hall Residents and Staff

BMA2011_15Eigenmann South Central Community Action Program

Residents of Eigenmann Hall partnered with the South Central Community Action Program for the past 2 years, providing programs, resources, donations and volunteers that have had a valuable impact on the people served by SCCAP.

First United Methodist Church Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group

BMA2011_16FUMCYouth Bloomington's Interfaith Winter Shelter

The youth from First United Methodist Church Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group play an integral part in the operation of the Interfaith Winter Shelter once a month by assuming the responsibility for setting up cots and cooking a hot meal.

Hoosier to Hoosier Steering Committee

BMA2011_17H2H Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale

The Hoosier to Hoosier Steering Committee worked with countless volunteers and other community partners to intercept reusable items donated or left behind by IU students. This not only resulted in reducing waste, but sale of these reclaimed goods also raised $10,000 for United Way and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.

Indiana Karst Conservancy

BMA2011_18KarstConservancy Indiana Karst Conservancy

The Indiana Karst Conservancy members actively protect karst features for their inherent geological, biological, and historical importance. Their presentations to schools and businesses foster the protection of Indiana's unique karst resources through active conservation education.

IU R250 Students: Intro to Equine Assisted Therapy

PALS (People & Animal Learning Services)

Students enrolled in IU's R250: Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy class have helped PALS provide more than 1,800 therapeutic horseback riding lessons each year. Representing 75% of PALS volunteers, these students provide the core of workers needed for PALS' success.

Monroe County 4-H Junior Leaders

BMA2011_204HLeaders Hoosier Hills Food Bank (and other organizations)

Monroe County 4-H Junior Leaders (ages 12-18) work diligently to give back through community service projects all year long. Contributing more than 100 man-hours and $1000 in toys for children, they exemplify the 4-H motto "To Make the Best Better."

Pi Kappa Phi, IU Bloomington Chapter

BMA2011_21PiKappaPhi Stone Belt

While it would be easy to focus exclusively on academic and social pursuits, the men of Pi Kappa Phi have also demonstrated their commitment to helping individuals with disabilities fully participate in the life of the community. The enthusiasm and sincere enjoyment the members bring to their interactions with the clients of Stone Belt is infectious.


BMA2011_22RepairsTeam Area 10 Agency on Aging/ RSVP

The REPAIRS Team stands for Reliable Experts Providing Accessibility, Independence, Repairs, and Safety. Members have responded to 78 requests for repairs through Area 10 Agency on Aging. Providing ample services free of charge, this team exhibits consistent dedication to senior and disabled adults.

Sara, Chris, Maria and Thomas Colvard

BMA2011_23_Colvard_MHC100px Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Sarah, Chris, Maria (4 yrs. old) and Thomas (18 months) are the volunteers that made Mother Hubbards Cupboard's bike delivery program possible. One day a week their entire family comes into MHC, selects groceries for our homebound clients, loads them up onto our bike cart and pedals the streets with healthy groceries in tow for MHC homebound clients. Before they pedal off they volunteer in the food pantry for 2 hours to stock, sort, clean, help clients and more!

Sciscoe Boys - Andrew, Noah & Levi

BMA2011_24SciscoeBoys Bread of Life Soup for the Soul

Andrew, Noah & Levi Sciscoe have given everything from toys, clothes, time with their parents, and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor. Their service has helped feed 5000 patrons and they have helped build an organization that is impacting their community in positive ways.

SIREN - Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network

BMA2011_25_SIREN100px SIREN - Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network

The Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) has been a leader in the promotion of the importance of utilizing renewable energy sources. Their year-long Solar Showdown saved 11,000 pounds of coal from being burned, meaning 22,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere.

Bloomington High School South Dance Marathon

BMA2011_26BHSSDanceMarathon Bloomington South Dance Marathon Executive Committee

The South Dance Marathon is a six-hour event with immeasurable results. Bloomington South students have not only raised more than $130,000 for Riley Children's Hospital, but also promoted Riley's community-wide impact to other local schools.

Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)

BMA2011_27START Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)

Students Taking Active Roles Today is a student-driven association of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU that encourages and promotes volunteerisim in the greater Bloomington community by SPEA students, faculty and staff. START challenges each student to "Be More by Giving More!"

Teachers Warehouse Volunteers

Teachers Warehouse

Teachers Warehouse provides classroom supplies at no cost to elementary and middle school teachers. Volunteers assist K-8 public school teachers in locating needed items as well as receiving, sorting, and shelving donations.

The Bloomington Prep School

BMA2011_29PrepSchool The Salvation Army

The Bloomington Prep School exemplifies energetic volunteerism through numerous service activities. This enthusiastic group of 300 students, ranging from pre-k to 4th grade, donated 487 pounds of food to the Salvation Army and 52 coats, 50 pairs of mittens, and 45 hats to the the Coats for Kids Campaign.

Trinity Church Interfaith Winter Shelter Volunteers

BMA2011_30TrinityInterfaithWinterShelter Interfaith Winter Shelter

The Trinity Church team of volunteers, who staff the evenings of the Interfaith Winter Shelter for the past 3 years, work together to provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment so that homeless guests from Monroe and surrounding counties can sleep without being afraid to close their eyes.

VITAL Volunteers

BMA2011_31VITAL VITAL (Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners) at Monroe County Public Library

VITAL tutors provide free confidential tutoring for adults in our community who need to improve their reading, writing, math, or English language skills. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the ability to read a thousand words transforms lives.

WonderLab Volunteer Team

BMA2011_34Wonderlab WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology

Since 1995, the WonderLab Volunteer Team has served 708,176 people (83,875 in 2010) through museum visits, outreach programs, and summer science camps. Last year 990 multigenerational individuals donated more than 18,000 hours to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology.

Karen Apple

People and Animal Learning Services, Inc (PALS)

BMA2011_35_Apple_Karen_and_PattiPALS100px Karen Apple is a multifaceted volunteer of PALS, coordinating special events, assisting with the public relations committee, bringing friends to volunteer, and persuading her church to donate 25% of monthly offerings to the program.

Dorothy Axsom

BMA2011_36_Axom_Dorothy_Shalom100px Shalom Community Center

Dorothy Axsom has organized donations and office supplies for the Shalom Community Center since its beginning. She now leads the knitting club, oversees First United Methodist Church volunteers, and embeds sincerity and generosity within the service environment.

Mary Clare Bauman

BMA2011_37_Bauman_MaryClaire_YMCAwellness committie 011100px Monroe County YMCA

In a time of many challenges and opportunities for the Monroe County YMCA, Mary Clare Bauman has gone "beyond the call of duty" as Board President. She has committed significant amounts of time to the YMCA and exhibits leadership, dedication and initiative in every area of her involvement.

Jim Beeson

BMA2011_38JimBeeson First Christian Church

Jim Beeson has a heart for those in poverty. Seven days a week, Jim works for those suffering from poverty through First Christian Church, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, and Circles. Jim is an amazing man who models servant leadership.

Charlotte Blackketter

BMA2011_39CharlotteBlacketter Bloomington Animal Care and Control

Charlotte dedicates the spring and summer months to fostering litters of puppies that inundate the Shelter. Charlotte has fostered an astounding 137 puppies in her time as a foster parent and is an exceptional foster mother; spending hours each day playing with the puppies and getting to know their personalities. Each puppy comes back healthy, happy, well socialized, and ready for adoption.

Bobbi Boos

BMA2011_39BobbiBoos Local Growers Guild

Bobbi Boos is dedicated to a more sustainable and more localized food community. A founding member of the Local Growers Guild, Bobbi served as a board member, treasurer, office manager, and an advocate for local food for more than five years.

Greg Bullman

BMA2011_41_Bullman_Greg_Windfall100px Windfall Dancers, Inc.

Greg Bullman has served Windfall Dancers' Board of Directors for 3 years. With expertise in contract law, he helps with necessary legal documentation. He also works on our fundraiser - parking cars for ALL IU home football games!

Dee Burt

BMA2011_42DeeBurt American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Indiana Chapter

Dee Burt has devoted her life to saving lives through suicide prevention awareness. Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dee reduces the stigma of depression and suicide, celebrates life with purpose, and motivates people to seek help when necessary.

Duane Busick

BMA2011_43DuaneBusick Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

Videographer Duane Busick has filmed the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival extensively over the last three years, creating video documents that record the artistic quality of the Festival and the community experience of the event "for posterity." Working on his own, in all conditions, from morning until dark, Duane has captured hundreds of hours of dynamic Festival footage.

Karey Bussinger

BMA2011_44KareyBussinger Bloomington Animal Care and Control

Karey Bussinger advanced from dog walker, to adoption counselor, to volunteer program intern, to animal behavior intern within one year of joining Bloomington Animal Care and Control. She has personally fostered 30 animals and directly assisted more than 300 people with successful adoptions.

Janet Carminati

BMA2011_45_Carminati_Janet _Habitat100px Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

While Habitat's Women Build has been very successful in recent years, it has not been able to support building more than one house per year because of the lack of crew leaders. Because of Janet's leadership in recruiting and placing crew leaders, the Women Build will construct two houses in May of 2011.

Taylor Chism

BMA2011_46TaylorChism WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology

Taylor Chism served more than 810 hours for WonderLab since 2007. Her excellent rapport with people encourages visitors to explore hands-on exhibits, activities and programs. She has proven to be a great volunteer, earning the President's Volunteer Service GOLD Award four times!

Sarah Cote

BMA2011_47SarahCote Bloomington Parks and Recreation

For seven years, Sarah Cote has been a driving force in the Storm Drain Marking Program and provided students with experiences beyond the classroom through the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Citizen Scientist Certification Program.

Carle Crawford

BMA2011_48CarleCrawford Area 10 Agency on Aging / RSVP

Carle Crawford epitomizes what it means to be a lifelong volunteer serving one of the most fragile communities, the elderly. Our most vulnerable citizens are often the ones that are forgotten, and Carle makes an extraordinary effort to help them.

Del Criscenzo

BMA2011_49_Criscenzo_Del NACC100px Native American Community Center of Bloomington

Executive Director Del Criscenzo's donation of time, energy, and ingenuity make the Native American Community Center of Bloomington's services possible. She coordinates volunteers, oversees fundraising, and hosts an educational radio show on WFHB.

Skip Daley

BMA2011_50_Daley_Skip_The Siren100px Sounds of Bloomington - The Siren

Skip Daley worked tirelessly for two years to found Bloomington Area Music (BAM), an organization which supports local music. In 2009, he started The Siren, a magazine featuring articles written by an all-volunteer staff focusing on local music, musicians, music events, and best practices for musical growth, as a means to promote the work of BAM.

Marcus Debro

BMA2011_51MarcusDebro American Red Cross, Monroe County Chapter

Marcus Debro is an exceptional asset to the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross. When it comes to Marcus, it's not just what he does-it's how he does it! His volunteerism is grounded in a profound belief in the value of service. With every opportunity he brings a spirit of fun, kindness, humility, and sincerity.

Stacey Decker

BMA2011_52StaceyDecker Bloomington Community Orchard

Stacey Decker supported the Bloomington Community Orchard from day one. Surpassing her duties as Involvement Coordinator, she has helped plant more than 60 fruit trees, organized the orchard's first MLK project, and coordinated orchard volunteers who logged more than 820 volunteer hours in three months.

Becky Earle

BMA2011_53BeckyEarle People and Animal Learning Services, Inc (PALS)

Becky Earle works on a weekly basis with 15 riders, 30+ daily volunteers, 3 instructors, 10 horses and the entire PALS board. She's known as the "Barn MacGyver". You name a facility problem, and Becky can solve it.

Hannah Fidler

BMA2011_54HannahFidler Global Gifts/Fair Trade Bloomington

Hannah Fidler has wisdom beyond her youth. She is simply exceptional, passionately involved in social justice, and focused on issues that demonstrate the connectedness between people. As a member of the Fair Trade Bloomington Board, she is helping to develop fair trade outreach materials for K-12 students.

Mary Embry

BMA2011_55MaryEmbry Fair Trade Bloomington/ Global Gifts

Generous, personable, and driven, Mary Embry's light-hearted spirit and humor makes everyone feel inspired in her presence. As a professor in IU's Apparel Merchandising Department, President of Fair Trade Bloomington since its inception, and a faculty advisor for the FTB student project, coordinated through Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Mary is an undeniable leader in the Fair Trade movement in Bloomington.

Jacob Farmer

BMA2011_56JacobFarmer Interfaith Winter Shelter

Jacob helped the Interfaith Winter Shelter to identify, acquire, and install software that has greatly enhanced the scheduling of volunteers. In addition to sharing his IT expertise, he has been more than willing to personally staff shifts and fill in scheduling gaps created by illness and emergencies, commonly arriving early in the morning to serve at the Shelter before going to his office.

Mara Flynn

BMA2011_57MaraFlynn Bloomington Parks and Recreation

Mara Flynn enjoys the rewards of volunteering: the acts of kindness, community impact, and lasting friendships. Through Bloomington Parks and Recreation, the Community Kitchen, the Bloomington in Bloom campaign, and MLK Day events, she makes service a priority in her life. Mara's commitment to service is an example for all young people.

Bob Flynn

BMA2011_58BobFlynn Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

For nearly three years, Bob Flynn served as a social media and technical consultant to Lotus. His sage advice and technical know-how have been essential to ushering Lotus into a greater awareness of the importance of social networking and communication of all kinds.

Jo Gilbertson

BMA2011_59JoGilbertson Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Inc

Jo Gilbertson has been a board officer of Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana (CASCI) since its inception eleven years ago. She is passionate about matching people with disabilities with other community members for friendship and advocacy.

Diana Kay Goodman

BMA2011_60_Goodman_DianaKay_Circles100px South Central Community Action Program

Of more than 100 people who diligently serve Monroe County Circles® Kay Goodman stands out. Her journey out of poverty has inspired others to seek a better life. She currently serves the governing board of Circles' Guiding Coalition.

Kevin Guidry

BMA2011_61KevinGuidry Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden & Gleaning Programs

Kevin's service with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden & Gleaning programs is essential to providing locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables for emergency food assistance. He was one of the top contributors of volunteer hours in 2010.

Stephen Gunlock

BMA2011_62StephenGunlock Best Buddies

Stephen Gunlock, President of the Best Buddies program at Indiana University, is more than the average student, the average friend, the average buddy and he will work more in the name of service. His hard work and giving heart speak volumes that are evident in the success of the organization and in the smiles of the people affected.

Jim Hettmer

BMA2011_63JimHettmer Bloomington Playwrights Project

Jim Hettner continues to go above and beyond, day in and day out, exceeding all expectations along the way so much that the Bloomington Playwrights Project staff invented a word just for him: Devoteer!

Mark Howard

BMA2011_64MarkHoward Bread of Life Soup for the Soul

Mark Howard turned one hour per week at Bread of Life into a life-changing instrument for one patron. Through the cultivation of a friendship with this patron, he helped him gain computer skills, update his resume, and earn employment. A man who had nothing to his name except a backpack and a tent now lives in an apartment and is a full time college student at Ivy Tech.

Mimi Katz

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

Mimi Katz is the first to successfully organize and implement a Habitat for Humanity Club at Bloomington South by rallying classmates to serve. Because of Mimi, BHSS students now work in conjunction with the BHSN chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Stephanie Kimball

BMA2011_66StephanieKimball Earth Care Bloomington

Stephanie Kimball devotes her life to fighting global climate change. As a former professor, she puts her training and teaching experience to good use by striving to increase awareness of the consequences of global climate change through Earth Care Bloomington and beyond.

Abigail Marvel

BMA2011_67_Marvel_Abigail_GirlsInc100px Girls Incorporated of Monroe County

Abby Marvel has volunteered with Girls Incorporated of Monroe County as an after-school program activity leader for 2 years. She volunteers beyond her scheduled hours and embraces the mission of inspiring members to be strong, smart, and bold.

Lauren Means

BMA2011_68LaurenMeans The Villages

Lauren serves children at The Villages, collects donations for the "Walk for the Animals," and engages children in activities at WonderLab each week. Through self-initiated projects, Lauren shows how kids can make a difference in their community.

Alice Oestreich

BMA2011_69AliceOestreich Global Gifts and Girl Scouts

You know when you meet Alice that she is special. She shows genuine interest and exudes joy with everyone she meets. By being who she is, Alice influences others to be more giving, more aware and more friendly in their community. She does this simply by example, shown through a lifetime of giving and service to Monroe County.

Julie Pointer

BMA2011_70JuliePointer Monroe County Girl Scouts

When Monroe County Girl Scouts think about the volunteers who have been most helpful to them, Julie Pointer is overwhelmingly the first name listed. Her work has impacted more than 500 girls. With her effervescent personality and 'can-do' attitude, she elicits commitment and energy from those with whom she interacts.

Adrian Polit

BMA2011_71_Polit_Adrian_Dist10100px District 10 Pro Bono Project, Inc.

Adrian is good-hearted, patient and kind to the clients he helps, who are burdened with some of the largest problems they will ever have in life. He has helped to make the court system more efficient, freeing judges and court staff from questions that lawyers could answer. He also mobilized a caring group of attorneys who volunteer regularly for the program. He has done it all with a degree of efficiency, knowledge and competence that is remarkable in and of itself.

Bekka Potter

BMA2011_72BekkaPotter Windfall Dancers, Inc.

Bekka Potter has been involved with Windfall Dancers, Inc. for nearly 4 years. She brings remarkable energy, enthusiasm and ideas to her work, preparing information booths for various community settings and assisting with a variety of outreach opportunities.

Stephanie Powers

BMA2011_73StephaniePowers Pinnacle School

Stephanie is an integral part of Pinnacle School. Her enthusiasm for raising awareness about dyslexia and Pinnacle School is unrivaled in this community. She is a supportive parent and board member, and a strong leader.

Britanny Reef

BMA2011_74BrittanyReef My Sister's Closet

In four months, Brittany Reef diligently met with caseworkers from 30 non-profits to raise awareness for My Sister's Closet. During that period MSC received a record number of new voucher requests totaling 575 - a figure that previously took more than 2 years to accomplish!

Cynthia Roath

BMA2011_75CynthiaRoath Options

Cynthia is an energetic, excited, talented, professional volunteer with 20 years of business expertise who has been willing to donate hundreds of hours of work over her two years with Options. She has a friendly, outgoing personality, and endears herself to customers, staff, and the board. She is exceptionally well-suited to our field and committed to our mission.

Cynthia Roberts Hall

BMA2011_76CynthiaRobertsHall CUBAmistad

A founding member of Bloomington's sister-city project with Santa Clara, Cuba, CUBAmistad, Cynthia Roberts-Hall has been one of its most dedicated members through all the intervening years. CUBAmistad would quite simply not exist without her.

Marilyn Robertson

BMA2011_77MarilynRobertson Area 10 Agency on Aging / RSVP

Marilyn Robertson moved to Bloomington two years ago, and quickly established herself as a dedicated volunteer. She serves Area 10 Agency on Aging weekly, and tackles opportunities with a positive and vigorous spirit that inspires everyone she meets. Marilyn is a bright light in the local Area 10 community.

Lynn Schwartzberg

BMA2011_78LynnSchwartzberg Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

In her 9 years as a committee member and "on-the-ground" volunteer for Lotus Music and Arts Festival events, Lynn has been a trainer, a team leader and an ambassador for Lotus to the hundreds of attendees who cross her path. She is tireless in her devotion to her volunteers - often feeding her team with handmade confections that she's made in the wee hours between finishing a festival volunteer shift and returning the next day.

Gretchen Scott

BMA2011_79GretchenScott Bloomington Parks and Recreation

Gretchen was the leading force behind our Bloomington in Bloom campaign to get our community recognized as a great place to live, work and visit. Gretchen's commitment to community and civic activity goes well beyond Bloomington in Bloom. She's an amazing woman doing amazing things everywhere!

Martha Seaman

BMA2011_80MarthaSeaman RSVP, YMCA, St. Thomas Lutheran Church

Martha is an inspiration for everyone. When she does something, she does it well, and with positive energy. When she is in charge, everyone can rely on her. Her steadfast character and humility, her friendly demeanor paired with her lifetime of service to many causes, make her a pillar of the community.

Debora Shaw

BMA2011_81DeboraShaw Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Debora "Ralf" Shaw is the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra's unsung hero. In the six years she's been with the BSO, Ralf has done everything from organizing post-concert receptions, to selling tickets, to coming up with titles for concert series. She serves on multiple committees, and is the first to raise her hand when a special project comes up that needs more volunteers.

Martin Sorge

BMA2011_82MartinSorge Local First Indiana

As Local First Indiana's research and technology coordinator, Martin Sorge updates the website, seeks ways to "localize" and "green" IU's policies, develops surveys, and designs program materials. In the many projects he has done for Local First, he never once said "I can't do that."

Ann St. John

BMA2011_83AnnStJohn Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

Ann's commitment to our community through Habitat inspires the Habitat staff, volunteers, and homeowners each day. Her unwavering dedication to helping families learn to help themselves, even in the midst of her personal challenges and grief, is humbling. Her holistic approach to educating homeowners through Habitat for Humanity courses has improved the lives of more than 50 families.

Carol Touloukian

BMA2011_84CarolLittenTouloukian Monroe County CASA

Carol rose to the occasion and made a difference in the lives of those around her as a CASA volunteer. Her depth of compassion underscores her every interaction with a child or family. She makes sure that her CASA children are the absolute center of the world, giving children the care and dignity they may have never experienced before.

Henry Upper

BMA2011_85HenryUpper Stone Belt and First United Methodist Church

Henry has truly given a lifetime of service and leadership to the community of Bloomington. Through his efforts with Stone Belt, First United Methodist Church (and by extension Shalom Center, the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity) and the Friends of Music, he has touched and impacted thousands upon thousands of lives. Henry has made our community more vibrant, accessible, nurturing, welcoming, supportive, inclusive and beautiful through his kindness, compassion, generosity, and vision.

Warren Wilson

BMA2011_86_Wilson_Warren_ILS100px Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Retiring after 20 years as a physicist, Warren obtained training as a paralegal and found his way to ILS three years ago because of his interest in the legal profession and his desire to give back to the community. Warren treats all of the clients with respect and patiently takes time to listen to their legal problems.