Historians of the future will want to know how we spent our days during the COVID-19 pandemic. What was the local, lived experience of a global pandemic from day to day and week to week?
In the spirit of documenting this moment, the Indiana University Archives invites you to keep a diary of living during the COVID-19 epidemic in Indiana. Diarists may type or write by hand, transcribe news, draw, compose poems, gather stories and so forth. No stress needs to be placed on “good grammar”, spelling or style. The emphasis is on self-expression, candor and a willingness to be a social commentator.
Click here for details on how to contribute your experience.
Patrick Rubeck with Indiana Business Resources donated N95 respirators to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital over the weekend to help with the ongoing pandemic.
Patrick reminded followers that "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."
Four Monroe County organizations (Shalom Community Center, Wheeler Mission, New Hope Family Shelter and Middle Way House) have teamed up to create a shelter for people experiencing homelessness who need to social distance or quarantine due to COVID-19.
Randy Brown with A Better Moving & Storage is assisting with the isolation shelter by providing moving services for the beds and mattresses donated by IU. Glenn Harris with Harris Services has also been assisting with the opening of the shelter by providing cleaning services.
If you would like to work as a staff member at the shelter, apply at the Shalom Community Center page on Indeed.com. For donations of money, donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund. Items to be donated should be taken to either the Shalom Community Center or New Hope shelter.
Read a full article about the isolation center from the IDS here.
With the shortage of hand sanitizer throughout the area, Cardinal Spirits has been creating their very own sanitizer for community members and organizations. Over the weekend, they donated a bottle of sanitizer to each of the Delivery.com drivers in the area.
If your organization is in need of hand sanitizer, fill out this request form.
Nola Neher with the Bloomington Quilter's Guild and Kelly Clark, owner of Patient PT have teamed up with other organizations and volunteers to provide PPE (personal protective equipment) to healthcare workers in the area. Community members can help by making mask from extra fabric they have at home, washing and bagging masks, delivering masks, and donating to the cause for materials. For more information click here.
Switchyard Brewing Company is teaming up with local musicians and local, independent small businesses for an online telethon to benefit Monroe County service industry members affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The 8 hour-long telethon—Social Distancing: A Benefit for COVID-19 Service Industry Relief—will be staged live from Switchyard Brewing Company.
The online audience will be able to “tip” via Credit Card or PayPal during the live steam with 100% of the funds raised directly benefiting Monroe County service industry staff.
The event is scheduled for March 28th with artist line up coming soon!
One World Catering will provide family meals (one meal daily per person) for those people and their families laid-off in our local food/beverage/bar community, and experiencing food insecurity. Family Meals are prepared fresh, Mon-Sat at a specified time in the afternoon. These meals are at NO COST to the recipient and One World will do this for as long as it takes.
The owners of Mother Bear's Pizza are allowing all laid off employees to come in and get a free 10" pizza every day during this time of unemployment and uncertainty.
Thanks Mother Bear's! We hope to continue to hear stories like this.