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FALL/WINTER 2014 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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ONE-DAY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES


Community Gardening
Schedule a day, March-October
Grow closer to local food! Community Gardening grows both plants and community. Since 1984, the Parks and Recreation Department has offered community gardening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. A favorite venue of volunteer groups, the gardens benefit from a number of service projects throughout the gardening season.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, and weeding, as well as creating and maintaining ornamental, wildlife, and demonstration plantings.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Willie Streeter or Butler Park Garden
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
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Volunteer to Maintain our Natural Spaces
Schedule a day, March-November
Help maintain and restore some of Bloomington's most scenic natural areas. Many group volunteer projects are available in parks throughout the Bloomington community.
Duties: Staff will work with your group or organization to formulate a work plan. Duties may include applying wood chips or gravel to paths, removing invasive plant species, trimming obstructive vegetation, or re-routing trails.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park Trail, Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Trail, Wapehani Mountain Bike Trail, Winslow Woods Trail, Twin Lakes Trail, and the Bloomington Rail Trail
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5-25
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Skate and Scare
Saturday, October 25
Halloween ... on ice! Kids and adults can skate to spooky tunes and skate through our haunted house on ice. There's also a happy house to skate through for the youngsters with trick-or-treat stations throughout.
Duties: Looking for a unique, spooky, great time this Halloween, and a reason to dress in costume? Shift 2 volunteers will be a character in the haunted or happy house, assist with arts and craft activities, facilitate a game, or serve refreshments. Shift 1 volunteers transform the Frank Southern Ice Arena into a Halloween haven and create the haunted house on ice.
Program Time: Shift #1, Noon-4 p.m. / Shift #2, 5-10 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Frank Southern Ice Arena, 2100 S. Henderson St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 15-20
Other: We'll contact prospective volunteers to coordinate volunteer role or character assignment.
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Putting the Gardens to Bed
Saturday, October 25, Butler Garden
Sunday, October 26, Willie Streeter Garden
Saturday, November 1, Butler Garden
Sunday, November 2, Willie Streeter Garden
Gardeners and others with green thumbs are invited to clear the plots and put the gardens to bed for the winter months.
Duties: Volunteers harvest remaining produce left in the garden and prepare it for donation to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank; remove hardware items from the garden, including tomato cages and stakes, and organize them for convenient storage; and pull remaining plants from the plots and place them in the compost bins.
Program Time: 1-4 p.m. all days
Location: Butler Garden, 812 W. Ninth St.
Willie Streeter Garden, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10-15 for Butler Garden, 30-50 for Willie Streeter Garden
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Leonard Springs Nature Days
Tuesday, October 28 (Rain Date)
Volunteer to teach area sixth grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests.
Duties: If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Day programs. Station facilitators and group leaders are needed.
Program Time: 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Volunteers have access to online training materials. Additional questions regarding roles will be addressed the day of your shift.
Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 18 per day
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Soup Tasting
Saturday, November 1
Few things are more comforting than cold hands wrapped around a warm cup of soup. The weather may be cooling down, but the soup is heating up for the eigth annual Soup Tasting on Showers Plaza. Celebrate this cool weather harvest from field and farm as area chefs showcase their expertise with this versatile comfort food. Sampling is warmly encouraged.
Duties: Volunteers assist with setting up soup tasting tent, overseeing the chef demonstrations, and distributing samples of different soups.
Program Time: 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 10
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The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch
Saturday, November 1
Fall has arrived and pumpkins are flying in the skies over the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Teams have formed and built pumpkin launching devices and spectators are bringing a chair or blanket to watch the fun! Launcher teams send pumpkins soaring through the air in competitions for both accuracy and distance. In addition to the pumpkin launching, there is a pumpkin seed spitting contest, children's activities, live music, and tasty eats!
Duties: Launch into fall by assisting with event preparation, parking, registration, competition supervision, pumpkin tasting, and seed spitting booths.
Program Time: Shift #1, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m./Shift #2, noon-3:30 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds, 5700 W. Airport Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 5 per shift
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Holiday Market
Saturday, November 29
Don't miss the 12th annual Holiday Market! Shop for favorite locally grown farm products, and arts and fine crafts created by local artisans, all while listening to the music of the season. The TubaSantas fill the Market with holiday spirit, and St. Nick and his reindeer will visit too!
Duties: We're looking for volunteer elves to decorate, serve refreshments, and assist with teardown.
Program Time: Shift #1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m./Shift #2, Noon-4 p.m.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.
Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 6 per shift
Other: Come dressed according to the weather. Don't forget your hats and gloves!
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ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES



Banneker Afterschool Program
Twice weekly, August 4-December 19
Help students excel in math and reading skills by volunteering to read with students and review basic school-age mathematics. Additionally, facilitate activities in art and science and engage children in active games that stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
Duties: Whether you enjoy working with youth or have professional aspirations to, this service opportunity gives you hands-on experience. Tutor one-on-one or in small groups weekly.
Program Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. Eighth St.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 8-10 per day, Monday-Thursday
Other: We ask that you commit to two days a week for the entire semester.
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Leisure Companion
September-December
The Leisure Companion Program is a service in which participants with disabilities are partnered with a volunteer companion who provides additional support during participation in inclusive activities. The level of support will vary according to the specific needs of each individual.
Duties: As a Leisure Companion, you facilitate inclusion by advocating for the participant, providing support during activities, protecting the dignity of the participant, emphasizing similarities of participants, creating an environment for success, encouraging independent participation, and most of all, being a supportive friend!
Program Time: Dates and times will vary according to program needs.
Training: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to the program.
Location: Location of events and programs vary depending on program registration.
Age of volunteers: 16 yrs. and up