Bloomingfoods Positive Change

Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, support local food, and build a healthy local economy. We believe that community-based organizations are vital to the health and wellness of this community, and we want to help them succeed!
 
The Positive Change program is a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Since its rollout in January 2016, shoppers have raised an incredible $415,000 for local organizations.
 
This year, we opened up the ballot to include a more diverse array of local nonprofits. In order to qualify for a spot on the ballot, organizations were required to:
  • have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  • Be non-sectarian
  • Be non-partisan
  • Be local and provide services locally
  • Not be a Positive Change recipient in 2020
  • Submit an application for 2020 by August 7, 2020.
We give favor to organizations that are Bloomington- or Monroe County-based and support the Bloomington community. Broad areas of support include local, organic and sustainable food  efforts, farmland preservation, the environment, and programs that support the education, health, and well-being of the people in our community.
 
In 2021, along with providing monetary support through our register roundup program, Bloomingfoods will endeavor to provide further support to chosen organizations through our staff and owner-members. Our support will include:
  • Collecting cash donations at the registers for a period of one month
  • Collecting donations of needed items that we may sell here at Bloomingfods such as pantry items or pet food
  • Awareness/outreach: we will have signs, announcements, tabling opportunities, social media mentions, articles in our newsletter, and emails about your non-profit
  • Encouraging our owner-members to volunteer with the featured organizations and/or providing information about volunteer opportunities. 

BE LOVED TRANSPORTATION
PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
We would like to help those in need of transportation and medical prescriptions. We’ve found that individuals are unable to afford transportation and their prescriptions due to having a low income or are on a fixed income. Due to unforeseen circumstances these individuals deserve a chance to get the best healthcare they possibly can.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful matches between "Bigs" and "Littles", The mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana actively engages diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies throughout our organization. BBBSSCI serves an incredibly diverse constituency of adult volunteers, youth, and families of the youth, donors, and partners. We are asking for funding for continuing support of these matches.

BLACK LIVES MATTER B-TOWN
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Black Lives Matters B-town, fiscally sponsored by Midway Music Festival, is in cooperation with local farmers and producers to provide more families in the community consistent access to nutritious food. Sponsored boxes are delivered to households who request support. In solidarity, our dignity bag drive will continue partnering with local organizations and businesses to do targeted drives for masks, first aid kits, reproductive health resources & grooming supplies. Black Lives Matter B-town WishList is of affordable, high-quality items that will meet people's needs while also conveying a sense of dignity and respect for the individuals receiving these necessities. Fund BLM Btown’s work toward anti-racism education and policy, racial food justice and collective liberation through intersectional actions!

BLOOMINGTON FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
We develop and advocate for an accessible, local regenerative food and farm economy.

BLOOMINGTON PRIDE
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
Bloomington PRIDE’s mission reflects a broad support of the needs of the LGBTQ+ community of Bloomington, which allows the organization to continue to evolve to meet unique needs as they arise. Our past educational programming efforts have reflected values of cooperation and health – from our close connections to Positive Link, the Community AIDS Action Group (CAAG), and our partnerships with other local organizations and nonprofits. And we are always seeking to expand our connections and collaboration. As part of this year’s first Bloomington Pridefest 5K, we will be gifting the winner with community supported agriculture, food from local farmers and producers for the month of September. In solidarity with Black Lives Matter Bloomington, our organization is also offering anti-racism reading and learning workshops to educate about creating an equitable community. As part of our mission to support the LGBTQ+ community, we are endlessly striving to create an environment in which all members of the Bloomington community can grow and thrive.
 
BLOOMINGTON URBAN WOODLANDS PROJECT
ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION
BUWP, fiscally sponsored by the IU Foundation, works to restore healthy urban forests and reconnect people with nature, which sustains all of us. Funds will be used to propagate butterfly- and bird-friendly native plants that volunteers of all ages will help to plant in local woodlands, and for development and production of engaging brochures and posters that help people to appreciate and promote native biodiversity in their own yards.

BRADFORD WOODS
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH
Bradford Woods, an auxiliary unit of Indiana University, provides life-changing education, therapy, and recreation to children and adults from Bloomington and beyond. While we are a part of Indiana University, we function as an auxiliary unit and must operate through our fee- for-service programs and fundraising efforts. These funds will be used to advance our ongoing mission of improving the quality of life for people of all abilities through transformative outdoor experiences that help our participants connect with themselves, with others, and with the environment. Our outdoor facility is designed to be uniquely accessible to children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities, and we united our programs under the banner of "Outdoors for All." We would love to use these funds to maintain staff to provide community outdoor programs that may help replace the loss of school programs to COVID this year.

BUSKIRK-CHUMLEY THEATER
EDUCATION, ARTS & CULTURE
BCT Management, Inc. manages the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater in a fiscally responsible manner as a widely accessible, quality venue and performance space. Beyond this mission, the BCT's desire to steward this historic venue for wide community use drives our community engagement in the city's cultural evolution. Contrary to popular belief, the City of Bloomington only owns the building and "keeps the lights on" at the theater, but BCT Management, Inc. hosts all of the public events and private rentals in the space. Funds from the Positive Change Roundup program would be used to support the affordable public programming the BCT offers throughout the year, including concerts and classic movie screenings. Support BCT to support community access to arts entertainment!

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
FOOD ACCESS, AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Through its constituent projects Indiana Solar for All and Bloomington Community Bike Project, the Center for Sustainable Living decreases the community’s reliance on fossil fuels and makes sustainability, green energy, green transportation, and self sufficiency attainable for all, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, and income. Funding from Positive Change would help to cover the costs of weatherizing low-income households prior to installing rooftop solar, making the biggest and most efficient impact in offsetting energy costs for those most susceptible to rising utility rates. By offering weatherization assistance, Indiana Solar For All can offset over 50% of a household’s energy costs without having to increase the size of a solar array. Positive Change funding would also help to cover the cost of Bloomington Community Bike Project’s free bikes program, which is operating at a greater speed and expense than its Earn-a-Bike program. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bloomington Community Bike Project has provided over 150 free working bikes to the public in order to keep people moving even as they lose income, security, and access to public transportation. The Center for Sustainable Living is the non-profit umbrella which supports these projects, and if selected as a Positive Change recipient, the funds would go directly to these two member projects.

CENTERSTONE INDIANA
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, provides long-term housing (up to two years) and comprehensive behavioral health services, academic, employment and life skills training to youth ages 16-20 that are at imminent risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. Bloomingfoods' Positive Change funding will support our goals of 1) preventing criminal exploitation and abuse of youth due to their homelessness and hunger; 2) providing nutritious food to homeless youth in crisis in order to maintain physical and mental health while working towards safe and stable housing, education, and employment; and 3) increasing youth’s knowledge, attitudes, and positive behaviors toward nutrition, self-care, and independent living.

EL CENTRO COMUNAL LATINO
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH
El Centro Comunal Latino is a community-based organization that provides an accessible and safe space for all Latinos, with a focus on Spanish speakers, to find information, obtain resources, and have a place for community events. El Centro also seeks to promote communication and understanding between service agencies and Latino residents in order to facilitate integration and encourage active participation in our community. El Centro essentially serves as a bridge between Latinx residents -- especially recent immigrants -- and the wider community. We request the "Positive Change" support of the patrons of Bloomingfoods to continue offering our Latinx neighbors support in areas such as: direct service, health programs, interpreting support, tutoring and mentoring with Latinx children, policy-making, and special projects like financial aid with basic monthly expenses during the pandemic.

FARM TO FAMILY FUND, INC.
AGRICULTURE, FOOD ACCESS, SUSTAINABILITY
Farm to Family Fund purchases fresh, local, sustainably produced food at half price from farmers' market vendors who have unsold product. The food is donated to The Rise, Community Kitchen of Monroe County, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. As an all-volunteer organization, we spend more than 95% of the funds we raise to purchase food. Between January and July 2020, the Fund has paid farmers almost $25,000 and donated close to $50,000 worth of food to our partner agencies.

FOUNDATION OF MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
FOOD ACCESS, EDUCATION
MCCSC teaches our students about leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle through food choices. Many of our schools include gardening programs to promote and encourage students to raise produce and eat healthy foods. The Hoosier Hills Career Center includes an agricultural program and culinary program that also focus on sustainable agriculture and local foods.
 
FRIENDS OF THE MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, LITERACY, INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY ACCESS
Friends of the Monroe County Public Library is a nonprofit organization that collects and administers the grants, gifts, bequests, and other monies outside of local tax receipts that sponsor award-winning MCPL programs for all ages, from early and adult literacy initiatives through Story Walks, homework help, public health education, and more. We are comprised of members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its many varied services. Your support provides free and equitable access to information and promotes reading and lifelong learning for all!

GLOBAL GIFTS
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
For over 30 years, Global Gifts has been a regional leader in the Fair Trade movement. However, the pandemic threatens our ability to continue our fight for social and economic justice. As a non-profit and fair trade local business, we are a part of a movement to reduce poverty, create safe and equitable working conditions, and provide fair wages to disadvantaged producers and farmers around the world. Unlike traditional production and labor models, fair trade is based on dialogue, transparency, and respect between the people who create products and those who purchase and distribute them. All funds will help us recover from the loss of business during the pandemic, so that we can continue to invest in the livelihoods of fair trade artisans, educate the public on how to better advocate for human rights, and to provide a space where the Bloomington community can directly participate in worldwide justice.

GROWING OPPORTUNITIES
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Growing Opportunities is a social business project of the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP). Growing Opportunities is a job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Funds would be used to set up a program for our Stone Belt clients to join us at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Involving our participants in every aspect of the local growing experience is very important not just for us, but the community at large.

HOTELS FOR HOMELESS
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, HOUSING AND BASIC NECESSITIES
Hotels for Homeless (H4H), fiscally sponsored by New Leaf, New Life, was founded in Bloomington, IN in March 2020 and is grounded in low-barrier, Housing First principles. Its purpose is to provide emergency housing to individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant economic impact. In addition to providing shelter for affected parties, H4H also works to connect participants to the appropriate wrap-around services such as food pantries, health clinics, substance use treatment, income based housing and disability services. Donations will be used to pay for hotel rooms for participants and supplies to provide access to casework such as printer paper, notebooks and a tablet for internet access.
 
INDIANA RECOVERY ALLIANCE
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Indiana Recovery Alliance operates the Monroe County Syringe Service Program and is the largest source of free Naloxone in the state of Indiana, responsible for well over 10,000 overdose reversals per year. Our organization is ran and led by people with lived experience and offers peer support to people who use drugs, people living with HIV and the Hepatitis-C virus and those experiencing homelessness. We will use funds from the Positive Change Program to help support our outreach efforts and distribute clean supplies to drug users to help prevent the spread of HIV and the Hepatitis-C virus in our community, as well as distribute the life saving overdose reversal drug Naloxone to individuals experiencing chaotic drug use. These are services which we provide free of charge to the community , relying solely on private donations and grant opportunities.

IU RESEARCH AND TEACHING PRESERVE
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
The IU Research and Teaching Preserve is fiscally sponsored by the IU Foundation. The mission of the IURTP, a part of the University’s Integrated Program in the Environment, is to provide natural field settings for environmental research, teaching, outreach, and recreation, connecting people with nature. Positive Change funds will be used to support the IURTP mission through programming support that directly benefits Bloomington community members. Since its establishment in 2001, the IURTP has tripled in size; eight distinct properties, including a significant portion of Griffy Woods as well as the IU Campus Farm, compose the IURTP and offer the community recreation, environmental education and citizen science opportunities, as well farm-fresh produce and sustainable agriculture training. Positive Change funds will provide support in two ways: scholarships for Bloomington’s underrepresented youth to participate in environmental education programs as well as operational support to the IU Campus Farm’s food donation program to local food pantries.

MIDDLE WAY HOUSE
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES
These funds will help our Direct Service staff continue to provide critical services to survivors in need. Community partners are the cornerstone of our agency to provide clients with a supportive, healthy environment from which they can work to rebuild their lives free of violence and other intersecting barriers they may face. Advocates work diligently with all available resources to give survivors the tools to make life changes for themselves and their children.

MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Funds received from Bloomingfoods Positive Change will go towards supporting our client- choice food pantry, operated out of our Self-Sufficiency Center. Our client-choice food pantry provides a 3-day supply of food, based on the number of family members living in a house. Pantry visitors are allowed to pick out their own groceries ensuring their families get what they really need and reducing food waste. In addition to non perishable items we also offer a selection of fresh produce, meal share, bread, and meat (when available).
 
MONROE COUNTY YMCA
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
The Y is more than just a gym. Through our programs, we strive to build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. With our Financial Assistance program, we subsidize the cost of memberships and programs for families in need helping community members gain access to programs such as Cardiac Rehab, aquatics with our indoor pools, Wellness Centers, youth sports, Summer Camp, and more, regardless of their age, background, or income.

PANTRY 279
FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH
Pantry 279 is currently the largest food pantry in Monroe Co, serving 4000+ people a month. We would use the funds from this program to help purchase healthy food, toiletries, and baby items. During the Holiday time, it would go toward the Thanksgiving boxes. These funds would go a very long way in helping literally thousands of people in need, especially this year with the already stressed supplies due to the pandemic.

PEOPLE AND ANIMAL LEARNING SERVICES, INC.
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
PALS promotes joy, quality of life, better health and empowerment by providing therapeutic programs with horses. Our programming utilizes the human connection with the animal world by joining people with these magnificent animals, to understand more about themselves and their relationship to the world we live in.

PEOPLE'S COOPERATIVE MARKET
AGRICULTURE, FOOD ACCESS
The People’s Cooperative Market (PCM), fiscally sponsored by Artisan Alley, is a volunteer-run farmers' market committed to food justice. PCM strives to build equity; create relationships; cultivate liberation; and ensure access to local food, art, and education. We coordinate an online store and an in-person market hosted Saturday mornings; both venues are accessible to those using their SNAP benefits, and we match the value of those SNAP dollars to double their impact. Additionally, households in need are able to request sponsored boxes of goods through the online store, which they receive free of charge to support their food security. PCM will use Positive Change funds to support market operations, including the management and execution of these two food access programs, our market manager position, and additional programming to build community and knowledge among our vendors and customers.

PETS ALIVE
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Human public health is affected when pets are unhealthy. In addition, we all want to give our furry family members the best but, sometimes, cost can be a roadblock. Pets Alive services have also led to an 86% reduction in local euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs at local animal shelters.
 
QUARRYLAND MEN'S CHORUS
EDUCATION, SERVICE TO UNDER-SERVED COMMUNITIES
Quarryland Men's Chorus provides a positive performance-based community for gay and bisexual men and their allies in South Central Indiana. It fosters talent, fellowship, pride, and understanding through excellence in vocal music while educating the broader community on issues of tolerance and understanding of issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Funds from the Positive Change program will be utilized to purchase and commission music that specifically addresses issues facing LGBTQ+ youth in our area as well as finance community outreach programs into the under-served racial and economic communities in South Central Indiana. Program examples include "Queer GenZ", which brings together high school students and current singers and community agents to address issues surrounding this unique generation and its relationship to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses "A New Harmony Workbook" project, which encourages member choruses to reach out into under-served communities and lift them up through song.

SCALY TAILZ REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN EDUCATION & RESCUE, INC.
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT
Scaly Tailz is a reptile & amphibian education & rescue 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funds will be used to care for all of the animals at our facility, to upgrade equipment required for live demonstrations, and to provide enrichment to all of our animals.

STAGES BLOOMINGTON
EDUCATION
A non-profit theatre company since 2006, Stages Bloomington offers exceptional year-round theatre arts education and performance opportunities for children and teens in Bloomington and surrounding counties. Programs build passion for the arts, promote self-confidence, teach collaboration and help young people become better students and citizens. Our educational vision promotes empathy, critical thinking, and a larger world view. Funds from Bloomingfoods Positive Change Program would help Stages Bloomington develop innovative programming for children and teens during this pandemic, including being able to continue to offer scholarships to families in need. In addition, these funds would help us keep our rehearsal and performance space in Artisan Alley and contribute to paying a new and much-needed executive director. Our former executive director, Pat Gleeson, passed away in November of 2019.

STONE BELT, ARC
EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH
Stone Belt Arc is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support for more than 1,600 individuals with developmental disabilities. Our top priority is the health and well-being of the individuals we serve and our employees. In order to keep individuals with disabilities safe, Stone Belt is requesting funding to pay for additional personal protective equipment. Your granted funds will allow us to maintain the quality care that will keep individuals we support safe throughout the pandemic. As the pandemic expands, the need for personal protective equipment grows and continued purchasing of personal protection equipment poses a tremendous challenge.
 
TEAM FIRST BOOK OF MONROE COUNTY
AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY
Team First Book of Monroe County raises funds to provide grants to Monroe County Title I schools and literacy groups to buy books for low-income children to own and take home because we believe that literacy begins at home and have learned that having books in the home predicts school success regardless of parental education or income. We will distribute funds to Monroe County Title I schools and youth organizations to purchase books for children, preschool to grade 2, to keep and take home. The titles will reflect the individual interests of the children as well as the school curriculum. We have minimal overhead and virtually every dollar we receive is used to fund books for teachers to distribute to children.

THE HOUSING AND EVICTION PREVENTION PROJECT
PUBLIC HEALTH, HOUSING AND BASIC NECESSITIES
The Housing and Eviction Prevention Project (HEPP) is a joint program of the Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM), Justice Unlocked, and District 10 Pro Bono Project. CJAM will serve as the fiscal agent if selected. HEPP is a collaborative seeking to reduce evictions, improve housing stability and promote equitable access to justice. HEPP is crucial, especially during this pandemic crisis, in providing legal advice and mediation to landlords and tenants, and helping tenants who might need to find new homes with housing navigation and social services. Our goal is "eviction last," which we believe benefits both landlords and tenants and renders housing more safe and stable, all of which makes our community a better place to live.

THE PROJECT SCHOOL
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, SUSTAINABILITY
The Project School is an independent chartered K-8 public school (free, nonprofit), serving 300+ children. We believe in educating the whole child - heart, mind and voice - and in promoting educational equity, social justice and environmental sustainability. Through collaboration with families, community members and social service agencies, we uncover the unique gifts and talents of each child, and use our locally developed educational framework to inspire students to solve real world problems. Students graduate from The Project School as stewards of the environment - with the will, skill, capacity, and knowledge to contribute to the greater good. Funds from this grant program will be used to support the installation of a south downtown learning garden and neighborhood-accessible park, on a green space property that has been donated to The Project School (South Washington Street).

UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY
EDUCATION, FOOD ACCESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, FINANCIAL STABILITY
United Way is focused on being nimble and flexible in order to meet emerging needs in our community, not only in our work with the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, but also with other emergency funds, such as the Tornado Relief Fund last year for families whose lives were deeply affected by the tornadoes that ripped through our area. As with the COVID Relief Fund, which raised and distributed more than $1.3M in funds in 90 days, the United Way sprang into action and raised funds, which were then distributed directly to families in need through a collaboration with MOCOAD in the weeks following the storms. Monies raised through Positive Change in the months ahead will be used to address emerging needs arising from the COVID crisis and the economic recession, which deeply affects more than one in 3 families in our region. In addition, funds will support our ongoing local impact in the areas of health, education and financial stability for families experiencing need.
 
UPLANDS PEAK SANCTUARY
EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY
To support the rehabilitation of abused and neglected farm animals.

WONDERLAB MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
EDUCATION
WonderLab is uniquely positioned to work across the age spectrum, providing science-based programs and interactive exhibits that build science identities for all learners. Among other science topics, our exhibits and programming educate community members about nutrition and the environment, with a focus on giving young learners a knowledge base that they can build upon as they grow, using science to make healthy and sustainable decisions. Funds will be used to support educational exhibits and programs, both in the Museum and online. No matter what the future holds for Bloomington, WonderLab will continue to adapt and be a resource for science education in our community.

  
      
 
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