Monroe County CASA now accepting applications for upcoming fall training session
Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is now accepting applications for the upcoming fall training session. The next training is from October 18th through November 10th on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. At this time, CASA staff plan to hold the training in person and will require masks and social distancing for all trainees. This is subject to change, depending on COVID statistics prior to the start of the training.
If you have ever thought of getting involved, now is a great time to sign up. Volunteers need to be able to give approximately 8-15 hours per month, have some daytime flexibility, are 21 years of age or older and can commit 1-2 years to volunteering. The need for volunteers is great as the number of children in need of services is always changing.
CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of abuse and neglect. They provide support to these children to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. To learn how you can change a child’s story, please visit www.monroecountycasa.org/volunteer or call 812-333-CASA.
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 20th Anniversary 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586. The event is open to the public and the community is invited to attend. It will be held entirely outdoors with limited seating.
The City of Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display on Ivy Tech’s campus, in front of the Cook Pavilion.
Bloomington Health Foundation announces new president and CEO: Michelle Gilchrist’s experience aligns with organization’s mission to implement innovative, evidence-based solutions to address region’s health needs
The Board of Directors of the Bloomington Health Foundation (BHF) is pleased to announce and welcome Michelle Gilchrist, as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.
Gilchrist comes to BHF with more than 15 years of senior leadership experience having most recently served for the past five years as CEO for the National Foundation for Transplants, which generates fundraising support for people in need of organ transplants. Prior to that she served as major gifts officer and then senior director of major gifts at the University of Tennessee Science Center. She has also served in leadership roles at Community Health Charities in North Central Texas and United Way of the Mid-South in Memphis
SBA resources & programs for your woman-owned small business.
The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs): Women's Business Resources Webinar
When: Sept 22, 12pm ET
Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors in the small business world. Help us celebrate American Business Women’s Day and learn about SBA’s guaranty loan programs, expert help available, and doing business with the Federal government at this informative webinar! Topics include: how to finance your business; where microloans are available; what the HUBZone and 8(a) Programs are; and how the mentors and business advisors can help. As always, this workshop is open for everyone to attend.
ProBleu announced today that CRN© , a brand of the Channel Company, has named ProBleu to its 2021 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. Their annual list recognizes North American service providers that are industry leaders in innovation and forward thinking approaches to managed services. These services help end users improve their operational efficiencies and navigate the ongoing complexities of IT solutions, while maximizing their return on IT investments.
With cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services, MSPs have become an integral part of the success of businesses worldwide. They help empower organizations to leverage complex technologies, keeping a strict focus on their core business without straining their budgets. CRN’s 2021 MSP 500 list identifies the market’s key managed services players who are setting themselves apart with best-of-breed solutions that provide the business outcomes customers need.
Tuesday Topics: The Final Drive with David Hays, President, Comprehensive Financial Consultants, Inc.
September 21st 1pm.
David Hays will present on his new book, The Final Drive. The Final Drive is a metaphor from David's football playing and coaching days. It is an attempt to emphasize the importance of the last chance, time is ticking, or now is the time to go. David will discuss the Big Three retirement risks and how to deal with them.
Join us for this informative discussion. Please RSVP to Kathy Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-330-4375, ext. 309.
United Way Announces $414,280 in Additional COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Grants
The United Way of Monroe County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund announced Phase 5 grants totaling $414,280 to 24 human service organizations providing critical programs serving people in south-central Indiana. With support from the COVID-19 Fund, these organizations will continue to provide life-changing services to members of our community affected by the pandemic.
With the addition of the Phase 5 grants, the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has granted out $2.18 million to 47 human service organizations in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties and regional community foundations to support priority needs during the pandemic.
Using the CDC’s Social Determinants of Health as a guide, Phase 5 grants encompass a wide range of programs and interventions beyond food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Social determinants of health are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Learn about the CDC’s social determinants of health at www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants.
SBA Announces National Small Business Week Virtual Summit Event Schedule for September 13-15
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit event schedule is set. This annual event, happening September 13-14, 2021, honors the nation’s 31 million small businesses for their perseverance, ingenuity, triumphs, and creativity.
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced National Small Business Week in a news release last month. The free, three-day conference will take place in a virtual atrium, which will showcase a series of educational panels on best practices for small businesses to pivot and recover in a changing economy.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Resilience and Renewal,” spotlighting the resilience of America’s entrepreneurs and the renewal of the small business economy as they build back better from the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. NSBW events this year will provide a forum where business owners will be able to get expert advice, learn new business strategies, connect with industry experts, and meet other business owners as they look to pivot and recover.
Flywheel Fund, a member-managed capital fund run by The Mill, today announced a $50,000 investment in Blueprint Stats. Blueprint Stats unlocks the full potential of basketball game film for athlete development and evaluation, team strategy, and entertainment. Founded in September 2020 by Indiana University grad Hunter Hawley, Blueprint is available on-demand to teams, individuals, and leagues.
Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, said, “Sports tech is booming, but it hasn’t yet tricked down to youth sports. Hunter has found a way to make modern technology accessible to the massive, fragmented high school and AAU market. We’ve watched him grow this company at The Mill over the past year, and we’re very impressed with what he’s done so far and where Blueprint Stats is headed.”
VACCINATION, NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST REQUIRED FOR BUSKIRK-CHUMLEY THEATER’S FALL SEASON: Safety a priority for Bloomington's Community Theater
Live music is back–with a catch. In an effort to create the safest possible environment to enjoy live music, film, theater, and other performing arts, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will be the first large venue in Bloomington to require COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all shows.
“This is what we need to do to resume having shows,” said Executive Director Jonah Crismore, who has been closely observing how the national touring and performing arts industry have been handling a rise in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant.
“The safety of our patrons, staff, and touring artists has been our number one priority since the beginning of the pandemic,” Crismore says. “Our second priority has been to bring back the quality programming and entertainment the community has been longing to resume.”
BCT Management staff have been working tirelessly over the past 18 months to bring life back into downtown Bloomington’s iconic venue. A few shows this fall, including “An Evening with Leo Kottke'' on September 15, had already been rescheduled twice since the first wave of cancelations in March of 2020.
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