Join Theresa Claire and Eldon McCabe from Hurlow Wealth Management Group as they discuss retirement mentality. The traditional concept of retirement is often associated with an abrupt departure from the working world and can lead to an unfulfilling life. A more rewarding and fulfilling approach to retirement goes beyond mere relaxation and leisure. This webinar will provide practical exercises to help attendees reflect upon what they value most in life and devise their own unique, fulfilling retirement plan. This webinar aims to empower attendees to rethink their retirement, focusing on overall life quality rather than just financial stability.
Time: 12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific
Location: Zoom (a link will be sent prior to event)
Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Inc. and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.
The limited edition "More Than a Shelter" T-Shirts represent the complexity and care behind Middle Way House's comprehensive services. Local artist @empr.ints worked closely with Middle Way staff to tell the organization's story through the design: from the 24/7 Help & Crisis Line to the historic Coca-Cola building in the background, these shirts represent Middle Way House's mission! All proceeds from the T-shirt pre-order go directly to support Middle Way House's comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Purchase a T-Shirt today at https://givebutter.com/morethanashelter.
Caregiver Platform Paid.Care Wins Idea Competition: Duke Energy grants Climate Resiliency Award to Sheep Wool Pellets
The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, announced two winners of the Crossroads Idea Competition, held December 20, 2023. JR Ricker, Co-founder & CEO of Paid.Care, won for his innovative caregiver payment platform. He will be awarded a $2,500 investment from Flywheel Fund, The Mill’s venture capital fund for startup companies. Whitney Schlegel was awarded the first-ever Climate Resiliency Award, made possible by a grant from Duke Energy.
“Paid.care has been working silently out of the Mill for the last 6 months and let me tell you…bootstrapping & building any startup that is pre-revenue can be stressful at times,” said JR Ricker. “With that, the Paid.care team was incredibly grateful to have the Crossroads Idea Competition as a way to showcase the last 6 months of work before we officially launch in 2024. Not to mention, we received feedback & necessary questions from an awesome group of judges that we’ll carry forward in future Paid.care pitches.”
Paid.care provides the technology, support, and training to qualify and ultimately pay family caregivers who deliver high-quality in-home care for loved ones. Currently, they can provide this to caregivers in Indiana but will soon be expanding throughout the country via a mobile app.
City Launches Pilot Program to Help Sworn Police Officers and Firefighters Buy Homes and Live in the City
Mayor John Hamilton announced the launch of a $100,000 no-interest, down-payment assistance pilot program to help up to 10 police officers and 10 firefighters purchase homes, as an incentive to serve and live in the city of Bloomington. This pilot program will pay $10,000 per year over ten years to sworn public safety officers to pay off the down-payment loan and ultimately provide $100,000 in home equity.
To be eligible for the program, participants must have been employed for one year and completed training and their probationary period. To receive the full benefit, they must remain employed with the City as a sworn firefighter or police officer throughout the 10-year term. The officers and firefighters must purchase a property within the City of Bloomington with an approved mortgage and maintain the property as their primary residence.
The innovative program, among the nation’s most generous, is designed to accomplish several objectives. First, attracting and retaining sworn police officers and firefighters is an ongoing concern in Bloomington and nationwide, and by providing substantial financial support over ten years, the pilot program seeks both to attract and retain officers more successfully.
WFIU/WTIU News releases findings on the influence of private equity firms on local news in south-central Indiana
Earlier this year, the WFIU/WTIU News team received a $15,000 grant from the Poynter Institute and the Omidyar Network to investigate the influence private equity has had on local news in south-central Indiana. The news team used the grant to launch Paper Cuts, a five-month-long reporting project that tracked the power of media conglomerates and private firms over Indiana papers and documented the limited coverage of local matters that remains.
“Our newsroom has reported on the newspaper layoffs, and we’ve hosted on-air discussions about the crisis in local news. However, we hadn’t been able to get into the weeds to explain how private equity firms are really at the center of these newspaper deals until now. With the help of the grant from Poynter, our news team has been able to do this important investigative work,” said WFIU/WTIU news bureau chief Sara Wittmeyer.
The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) is offering a 40-hour training program for community members interested in learning about conflict resolution, mediation, or restorative justice. These skills are useful in all areas of life -- family relationships, work relationships, volunteer work, etc. If you are interested in enhancing your communication and listening skills, along with learning basic mediation and negotiation techniques, this is a great opportunity for you. The training offers hands-on skill development, combining activities, lecture, and practice. Participants can use their skill building acquired through the training in their life and community without becoming a volunteer. Completion of the training qualifies participants to become volunteer mediators with CJAM.
Training sessions will be held via Zoom on Thursday evenings (7-9 pm) and Saturdays (8:30 am-3:00 pm). Dates are Thursday February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, & March 2, 2024. Tuition is $300, with an early bird special of $275 if received by 01/15/2024. A limited number of scholarships are available -- just ask!
Apply online at http://cjamcenter.org/training-and-education/,call 812-336-8677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have!
Here are some ways we have invested in the Monroe County community during the fourth quarter of 2023. Thank you for your leadership through the past year. Looking forward to a great 2024!
Bloom Magazine extends congratulations to the 2023 Bloom Community Award winners: for Support of Local Businesses, Bloomingfoods Co-op Market; for Support of the Arts, Carl Cook; for Support of Local Charities, Vicki Pierce with Community Kitchen of Monroe County; for Support of Diversity, Exodus Refugee Immigration-Bloomington. .
The Community Awards reflect the four missions of Bloom Magazine and are presented annually at the Bloom Holiday Party, held this year on November 30 at Woolery Mill.
NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest returns for the 10th year: Entries will be accepted January 23 through February 21, 2024
The Tiny Desk Contest is returning for the tenth year. The competition is open to all musical artists without a current recording contract. The winner will play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and headline NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour.
Competitors are encouraged to create a video showcasing a song that they have written. The video will show the singer performing a Tiny Desk concert. Contests will upload the video to YouTube and submit an entry form by Wednesday, February 2024.
A panel of judges, including members of NPR Music, DJs from NPR Member stations, industry experts and Tiny Desk alums will choose the winner. They will be looking for someone at least 18 years old and living in the U.S., U.S.V.I., or Puerto Rico.
The contest will be open for entries from 10 a.m. ET, Tuesday, January 23 through 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, February 21, 2024.
For more information, visit https://tinydeskcontest.npr.org/2024/announcement/.
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