LIFEDesigns has started a membership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), which demonstrates a dedication to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), other employees, and people receiving services. Through this NADSP Membership, LIFEDesigns will take proactive steps to invest in staff development and allocate resources to elevate the status of DSPs, such as providing the tools needed for success in their work.
“DSP’s support our clients every day to help them achieve their goals” says Russell Bonanno, CEO of LIFEDesigns. “The lives of our clients didn’t stop with COVID-19, and neither did our team of professionals.”
The City’s second Black Lives Matter street mural was approved April 13 by the Board of Public Works for installation on the north side of the downtown square. The first mural having been installed next to the Banneker Center last fall, the second will be painted on West Sixth Street between North College Avenue and North Walnut Street on Saturday, April 17, weather permitting (with a rain date scheduled for Saturday, May 1). The block will be closed to traffic and its parking spaces unavailable on the day of installation from 6 a.m until 8 p.m., while the sidewalks will remain open. Local businesses have been notified of the closure.
“The City is proud to welcome these murals to our public art landscape,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “Putting the words Black Lives Matter at the heart of our downtown matches up with values at the heart of this community: equity, inclusion, and justice. The words on the street will serve as a constant reminder to combat the persistence of racism and discrimination in Bloomington and beyond.”
Serial entrepreneur Geng Wang had already built and sold two tech startups—Rent Jungle and Community Elf—before founding his current venture, Civic Champs in 2019. Having experienced early success, he decided to invest his next efforts in supporting something he had long believed in and practiced: volunteering.
“Startups are hard, and you're always going to have down moments,” CEO Wang said. “It’s certainly helpful if you believe in the mission in what you're building and you're excited at the prospect of building a really large company around that idea. Volunteering is something that almost everyone is like, ‘Oh yeah, I think that's a good idea.’ It's one of the few times that across racial, ethnic, political, and income lines, you have people actually rubbing shoulders with each other. There’s something special about that in terms of building empathy. Because if you don't meet other people, how are you ever going to build that type of empathy?”
Bloomington Express Employment Professionals will host a Drive-In Job Fair from 2 PM to 6 PM, Wednesday, April 21st, said Timber Tucker, Express franchisee.
“We invite everyone in the community to stop by, see our office and learn more about what Express has to offer both job seekers and companies,” said Tucker.
The event will include immediate interviews and job placements, movie snacks such as popcorn and candy, and a raffle for a Moviegoers Gift Basket, all from the comfort of a car! Applicants need to bring two forms of identification to complete the hiring process.
The Bloomington Express Employment Professionals franchise serves the Bloomington and Monroe county areas with evaluation to hire and long-term careers in a variety of fields, including industrial, administrative, and professional!
The Bloomington office, located at 333 E. Winslow Road, is currently accepting applications.
West Gate Academy together with Premier Events have put together a fun and informative show for anyone planning a wedding or event this year!
The event will take place on May 1st, 2021. It will showcase the latest bridal and prom fashions, new idea, and an interactive panel discussion so all your questions can be answered. There will be spectacular runway fashion shows and displays from the area's most trusted wedding professionals. You'll find everything you need to make your wedding day into a dream day.
All registrations and ticket sales will be transferred to a postponed date if necessary. All COVID-19 guidelines and precautions will be followed to ensure the safety of our guests and attendees!
Brides and Grooms, feel free to invite your friends, parents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else involved in your special day! The Southern Indiana Wedding Expo will entertain anyone and everyone. We will have a bar, mancave, fashion show, games and so much more.
The Expo will be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 12-4pm EST
Click here for more details
The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) invites area arts groups to apply for funding through the Spring 2021 Grants for the Arts program. Nonprofit organizations and arts-based entities in the arts and cultural sectors may apply for operational funds (only for eligible nonprofits) or support for projects that foster the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington.
Applications will be evaluated according to organizational or artistic capacity, community impact, equity and inclusion efforts, and programming needs. Completed applications are due Friday, April 30 at 5 p.m. with awards to be announced and distribution anticipated by early June. Grants are to fund projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Applications and more information are available at https://bloomington.in.gov/arts/grants.
Smithville, SCI REMC activate first high-speed customers in unique fiber project for 3,400 residents and businesses
A joint high-speed project that has attracted national industry attention took its first steps toward providing fiber service for up to 3,40o residents in Monroe and Owen Counties on April 12. The first high-speed customers for both companies came online as part of a unique fiber project directed by Smithville Communications, a top 100 national broadband company, and SCI REMC, Indiana’s largest rural electric cooperative.
“It is always good news when we can announce the availability of high-speed fiber in a rural area of Indiana, but this milestone is great news in that it represents the first fiber service jointly developed by a unique partnership between Smithville and SCI REMC,” said Cullen McCarty, Executive Vice President of Smithville Communications. “Since both organizations serve customers in essentially the same geographic area, this represents an excellent opportunity to work together to accelerate fiber availability to the customers we jointly serve.”
Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.
Hidden River Pathway Project
The Hidden River Pathway Project is progressing with the replacement of the network of culverts that carry the Campus River (formerly the Jordan River) from Dunn Meadow on the Indiana University campus southwest under downtown Bloomington to 1st Street and College Avenue, where it reappears as Clear Creek.
WHAT: Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Trades District Garage. The event will include remarks by the mayor and other local leaders, tours of the new facility, and an opportunity to contribute to the public artwork commissioned for it. The ribbon-cutting will be held in keeping with current public health protocols for physical distancing and face covering.
WHO: Mayor Hamilton, Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (BRC) member Cindy Kinnarney and CFC President Jim Murphy will provide remarks. Members of the project team will offer tours, and artist Esteban Garcia Bravo will lead a workshop for community members to design tiles for the artwork “Aurora Almanac” to be installed in the facility’s stairwells in the second half of the year.
WHEN: Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Trades District Garage is located just south of West Tenth Street between the Showers City Hall building and the B-Line Trail, just east of North Rogers Street. Event parking is available in the gravel lot at Tenth and Rogers, with parking in the facility available after the ceremony.
Program Uses Cohort Model for Job Seeker Training, Support and Placement
Local entrepreneurship and co-working center The Mill, nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, Ivy Tech, announced today a program to help individuals get new digital skills in IT administration. This partnership builds on The Mill and gener8tor’s partnership called The Mill Code School, a gener8tor program.
Funded in part through a $100,000 investment by the City of Bloomington, the Mill Code School is currently accepting applications from Indiana residents. The program is focused on quickly getting people into jobs in the digital economy, and is tailored to individuals seeking to develop new skills or become proficient in a variety of in-demand technologies and programs associated with IT. Program participants do not need any prior experience or degrees. gener8tor team members will guide participants through the IT Administrator learning modules that are available at no cost via the LinkedIn Learning platform. The deadline to apply is May 5, and the course runs from May 10 through July 16.
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