As our region rebuilds from the pandemic, United Way is inviting everyone to reimagine a shared future with new possibilities for all. On Thursday, September 23, community members gathered with United Way of Monroe County to kick off the Reimagine Our Future fall fundraising drive.
“The past year and half has been challenging, and I am pleased that the community has come together to respond and help,” shared Caleb Steiner, Hoosier Energy Corporate Strategy Manager and United Way of Monroe County Board President. “All of us are here for the same purpose, to embrace these challenges as we have been doing, and to reimagine new possibilities for our future. United Way is grateful to each of you for joining us in the work ahead.”
The pandemic revealed and inflamed many social challenges and created life-altering conditions for thousands of families and children in our area. Housing insecurity and homelessness. Hunger. Lack of affordable health care and mental health services. Economic instability and wealth disparities. Social isolation, systemic racism, and economic inequities.
Hoosier Hills Credit Union Drive-Up Renovations to Provide 24-Hour Banking Center
Hoosier Hills Credit Union is set to begin construction Friday, October 1 on renovations to provide a 24-Hour Banking Center for its members. The Credit Union will be replacing the current drive-up tube lanes and the current withdrawal-only ATM and installing Smart ATMs, utilizing the same technology already in place at its new Ellettsville Service Center. HHCU’s Drive-Up facility will remain open throughout the construction project.
Envelope-free Smart ATMS will provide 24-hour access to check deposits, cash deposits and cash. Members will be able to insert up to 80 checks at once with no envelope or deposit slip required or insert up to 80 bills at once for cash deposits. Cash withdrawals can be made to the dollar, rather than in multiples of $10 or $20. The night deposit will remain in place and will continue to operate throughout the project and after completion.
Ethos Fitness, formerly known as Ethos Cycling, will celebrate its grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 1 at 5:30pm.
The newly expanded 1800 square foot studio space will be open to the public during the event. Changes to the facility include:
Beginning October 1, Ethos Fitness will offer forty classes each week, both in-person and virtually, to give members the most diverse and complete fitness offerings in Bloomington.
To ensure members’ safety, Ethos Fitness will require proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes. The studio will follow the recommendations of the Monroe County Health Department and institute thorough cleaning, traffic flow, and distancing procedures.
As part of the re-opening, Ethos is offering 20% off 10 and 20 class packages through the month of October. For more information about the studio, classes, instructors, and pricing, visit ethosfitnessbloomington.com.
Smithville Security wins second consecutive Best of Btown Community Choice Award
The votes are in, and Smithville Security has won first place as Bloomington's best security provider in the Herald-Times 2021 Best of Btown Community Choice Awards for the second year in a row.
"Only the top businesses in each category even make it to the final voting stage," Security Product Manager Chris Dobson said. "It is a great motivator for our team, getting recognized for our excellent security product and exceptional customer service. Being recognized as the best provider in the area is a big win for Smithville. Everyone is very proud."
The Herald-Times published the award winners earlier this month listed in a special insert of the paper.
“This award means so much to us because it’s selected by people in the community we serve,” Dobson said. “We’re so grateful to our customers for putting their trust in us to protect their homes and businesses.”
Whether you are looking for a solution to protect against intruders, alert you to potential hazards or just welcome you home after a long day, we have the perfect solution for your home and business. Call today at 800-742-4084 or visit us online at www.smithville.com/residential/security/.
CARDINAL SPIRITS WINS THREE USA TODAY 10BEST AWARDS FOR SPIRITS AND CANNED COCKTAILS
Cardinal Spirits, the craft distillery in Bloomington, Ind., has been named USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award winners in three categories: Best Canned Cocktails, Best Craft Rum Distillery, and Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery. Some fast facts about Cardinal Spirits’ wins:
These achievements bring national attention to Cardinal Spirits’ highly-rated spirits and canned cocktails, which are distributed in 12 states and Washington D.C. This is the distillery’s third year as a 10Best award winner — in 2019, Best Craft Rum Distillery and Best Craft Vodka Distillery; in 2020, Best Craft Vodka Distillery.
Look for the new issue of Bloom Magazine on October 5. The cover story celebrates the 100th anniversary of the IU Jacobs School of Music and includes 16 pages of interviews, photos, and fascinating facts about their programs, people, and performances. The issue also spotlights upcoming local live entertainment now that venues are open and selling tickets. And don't miss the first pup-to-pup interview conducted by Canine Correspondent Yogurt Abrams.
The next Bank On Bloomington financial literacy class, "Credit & Getting Ready for Big Purchases," will be held on October 21st from 6:00-7:00 PM. As usual, you will receive the Zoom link after filling out our RSVP form. This month's class will be led by Lisa Piercefield and will go over how to plan for big purchases and use credit wisely. You are welcome to come with questions about other topics as well!
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association accepting applications for the 2021 DEI/Anti-Racism Training Grant Program for Zone Businesses
The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) would like to support anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion training for Bloomington Enterprise Zone businesses as a way to improve business practices within the enterprise zone.
The BUEA will support training that is proposed in the form of a grant up to a value of $1,000. If businesses wish to pair up for training, the max limit for each business raises to $1,250.
Alternatively, if interested in pursuing the Chamber of Commerce's upcoming training and have never previously been a member of the chamber, the BUEA is also able to support chamber membership in service of that training. Learn more here: chamberbloomington.org/DEI
These grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until the funds are exhausted.
WTIU Public Television is hosting a free, virtual conference to explore, explain, and navigate some of the issues of growing older. The fourth annual WTIU Conference on Aging will be held online every Saturday at 10 a.m. from October 2 to November 20.
WTIU is pulling together area experts and resources to help participants find the answers to many questions associated with getting older. Attendees will learn what to ask, who to ask, and how to make wise decisions now that keep their options open as they age.
The conference will include the following eight sessions: Medicare 101, Supplemental and Long-Term Care Insurance (October 2); COVID-19: An Update (October 9); Palliative and Hospice Care: A Conversation (October 16); Dementia: An Overview (October 23); Mental Health and Aging (October 30); What You Need to Know About Social Security (November 6); You Want Me to Do What? The Roles of POAs, Guardians, and Executors (November 13); and Gathering Family Stories and Telling Your Own (November 20). Each session will include a live chat feature so participants can ask experts questions.
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington seeks area seventh and eighth grade applicants from all backgrounds and experiences for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). YLA is an inclusive program designed to foster civic commitment and engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, and build communication skills. There is no fee for application or participation.
YLA students will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 30. The meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Bloomington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Jan. 2022, students will begin meeting with their mentor to complete a service project that addresses the needs of local youth or solves a problem at school or in the community.
To apply, visit ivytech.edu/obannon and click Youth Leadership Academy. The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Monday, Sept. 20. For direct inquiries, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-330-4402.
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