Community Organizations

The Community Organizations database provides information about Monroe County nonprofits and groups.


Bloomington Bicycle Club

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Website http://bloomingtonbicycleclub.org
Contact Keith Vogelsang (President)
Email pres [at] bloomingtonbicycleclub [dot] org
Description

The Bloomington Bicycle Club, Inc., (BBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bicycling in all its diversity. Formed in 1976 and incorporated in 1984, the BBC serves primarily Monroe County, Indiana, and the surrounding area.

Additional Contact Mark Villanova (Vice President)
Email vp [at] bloomingtonbicycleclub [dot] org
Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Bike Project

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Website http://www.bloomingtonbikeproject.com/
Phone (812) 624-5322
Email Bloomington [dot] Bike [dot] Project [at] gmail [dot] com
Address Community Bike Project
214 N. Madison St.
Bloomington, IN 47404-3961
Hours Mon. 6-9 PM, Wed.6-9 PM, Sat. 12-3 PM, and Sun. 6:30-8:30 PM (Ladies' Night)
Description Bloomington based group that focuses on providing bicycle transportation. Services include the following:
  • bikes for sale: we sell gently used bikes at bargain prices
  • earn-a-bike program: participants can receive a bicycle after volunteering their time in our shop
  • advocacy: we support alternative forms of transportation; we support the reuse and recycling of bicycles
  • workshops & classes: we offer unique bike maintence workshops and classes for children and adults
  • open shop: we make our tools available to the public
  • bike distribution: we give away one free bike a month for qualified applicants
  • art: we weld old bike parts to make bike racks, tables, or sculptures
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Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association

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Website http://www.bloomingtonblades.com
Contact Tim Tichenor (Varsity and JV Scheduler)
Phone 812-332-3307 Ext.201
Email ttich [at] tisbook [dot] com
Hours Call for information
Description The Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is dedicated to providing an opportunity for children between the ages of 6 and 12 to play ice hockey in a competitive, organized manner under the instruction and supervision of qualified coaches. The program welcomes all children with an interest in playing hockey. In addition to providing a structured format to enjoy the game, BBYHA also strives to help children develop their athletic skills, sense of citizenship, sportsmanship, and fair play.
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Bloomington Board of Realtors

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Website http://www.homefinder.org
Contact Bill Purcell (Director)
Phone 339-1301
Email elizabeth [dot] kehoe [at] homefinder [dot] org
Address 116 S. Madison St. Ste. B
P O Box 1478
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

The Bloomington Board of REALTORS® is a professional trade association representing REALTORS® in Monroe and Owen Counties, Indiana. Chartered in 1947, BBOR maintains affiliations with the National and Indiana Associations of REALTORS®, and the many institutes, societies and councils that offer professional accreditation to its members. BBOR and its members maintain at the core of their activities the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, the first of its kind among professional trade associations. BBOR consists of nearly 500 REALTOR® members, including real estate brokers, agents, and appraisers, and another 60 Affiliate members who provide services to the real estate community. Bloomington Board of REALTORS® is the sole shareholder of its two subsidiary companies, Bloomington Multiple Listing Service, Inc. and BBOR Publications, Inc.

Email info [at] homefinder [dot] org
Year Established 1947
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Bloomington Catholic Worker/Christian Radical

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Phone 812-339-4456
Email lertmer [at] gmail [dot] com
Address 821 N. Blair Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

The Bloomington Catholic Worker is a community in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement. The Catholic Worker movement lives the vision of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, who believed that a peaceable revolution would result if people imitated Jesus Christ's nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and radical hospitality. The BCW/CR is an ecumenical Christian intentional community that tries to live, pray and work both with each other and with the poor we encounter.

 

The BCW/CR is completely autonomous and has no institutional connection to the Roman Catholic Church. We try to offer housing, food, clothing and love to people facing homelessness. We perform the works of mercy and nonviolently oppose the works of war. We strive to practice the Sermon on the Mount, community living, voluntary poverty, personalism, and care for the environment.

 

We host a potluck every Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm that is open to all who may be interested in our mission or in need of a meal. You may also call to make arrangements to join us for dinner any other night of the week.

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Bloomington Central Lions Club

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Website www.BloomingtonCentralLions.com
Phone 219-851-4212
Email jwarfelj [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address PO Box 5962
Bloomington, IN 47407
Description

Lions Club International is a worldwide organization with clubs in over 200 countries, including China and Iraq. The Bloomington Lions extend our service beyond city, state, and even national borders to programs and institutions. We support educational, health, and community initiatives in our area and welcome new members on a regular basis.

We welcome you to attend one of our meetings, which are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post 18 (West 3rd Street, Bloomington IN)

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Bloomington Chamber Singers

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Website http://www.chambersingers.info/
Contact Gerald Sousa (Music Director)
Phone (812) 876-7342
Email bcs [at] chambersingers [dot] info
Hours Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night (September - May) 7 - 9:30pm
Description

The mission of the Bloomington Chamber Singers is to perform choral works and, thereby, provide opportunities for performance, education, and community service for the Bloomington area.

Additional Contact Julie Grindle (Assistant Music Director)
Additional Contact Greg Geehern (Accompanist)
Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Chapter of the Eastern Star

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Contact Bette Calkins
Phone 339-5713
Description Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30pm.
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Bloomington Chess Club

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Website http://www.btownchess.com/
Contact Juan Manuel Soto
Phone (812) 334-1832
Email info [at] btownchess [dot] com
Hours Meets every Tuesday night starting at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of The Irish Lion (212 West Kirkwood Ave)
Description Bloomington Area Chess Club, also has connections with IU Chess Club. All chess players are welcome.
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Bloomington Coin Club

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Contact Steve Ball (President)
Phone 336-6450
Hours The 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm
Description Monthly auction for members. Meets at the Arlington United Methodist Church on 1820 Arlington Rd., Bloomington, IN 47404
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Bloomington Community Band

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Website http://bloomingtoncommunityband.net
Contact Gary Wiggins (Chair, Board of Directors)
Phone 812-332-6861
Email wiggins [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address 2003 S. high St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Hours Monday 7pm
Description

Rehearsals on Monday evenings, 7:00 PM, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 3rd Street and Smith Road. An adult volunteer concert band. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players are welcome. No auditions necessary.

Additional Contact Karen Smith (Personnel Manager)
Phone 208-602-1643
Email compose5 [at] hotmail [dot] com
Additional Contact Doug Davis (Business Manager)
Phone 812-331-2819
Email tubadoug [at] gmail [dot] com
Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Community Orchard

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Website http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org
Email getinvolved [at] bloomingtoncommunityorchard [dot] org
Address P.O. Box 2298
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description
Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Cooperative Living

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Website http://www.bloomingtoncoop.org
Email bloomingtoncoop [at] gmail [dot] com
Description

Bloomington Cooperative Living is a nonprofit housing organization. We strive to live consciously and maintain both economically and ecologically sustainable lifestyles. We love visitors and hosting potlucks and other community events. Our three houses are all close to campus and downtown. We’re always taking applications and looking to further diversify our community. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about visiting and/or joining the co-op!

Incorporation Status Incorporated
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Bloomington Cooperative Plots

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Website http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106186721458
Contact Daniel Weddle (Founder)
Phone 812.391.6912
Email btowncooperativeplots [at] gmail [dot] com
Address 630 E. Atwater
Bloomington, IN 47401
Description Bloomington Cooperative Plots is a forming Cooperative Housing Project in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently we do not have land but hope to purchase 2+ acres and construct a cooperative house by the end of summer 2011. BCP hopes to become and intentional community of individuals and families who will promote sustainable living and community.
Additional Contact Ziona Riley (Founder)
Phone 812.391.6912
Address 630 E. Atwater
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Bloomington Country Club

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Website http://www.bloomingtoncc.com
Contact Meghan Snyder
Phone (812) 332-1116
Email msnyder [at] bloomingtoncc [dot] com
Description Bloomington Country Club is Bloomington's only private country club and proudly offers the best golfing experience in South Central Indiana. The club offers a unique and wonderful experience whether you are a hard-core golfer, just an occasional golfer, or only want a beautiful pool and an incredible dining opportunity. There are memberships to suit all needs.
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Bloomington Developmental Learning Center, Inc. [

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Website http://www.bdlc.org/
Contact Cindy Hodges (Executive Director)
Phone 812-336-6600
Email bdlc_kids [at] yahoo [dot] com
Description The purpose of the Bloomington Developmental Learning Center is to provide an educational, child-centered, family-oriented, multi-ethnic child care program to our member families. BDLC provides individualized attention through a self-paced environmental exploration with appropriate guided instruction.
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Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC)

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Website http://comparebloomington.us/about.php
Phone 812.335.7346
Address 400 W. 7th Street, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is the lead business retention, development and attraction entity for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana; the lead intermediary between local businesses and state and federal economic development assistance programs, and the host of the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership (BLSP) and the Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP). BEDC focuses on talent retention and attraction, business development and partnerships with Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

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Bloomington Epilepsy Support Team (BEST)

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Contact Cassey Connelly
Phone 812-824-9598
Hours Usually meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church room #302.
Description This is a group to help with seizure disorders and to help their families learn more about epilepsy. It also designed to help teachers, health care workers and others who may interact with seizure disorders. Formerly Epilepsy support Group of Monroe County.
Phone 1-800-332-1000
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Bloomington Fencing Club

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Website http://www.bloomingtonfencing.org
Contact Jason Dazey
Phone 812-219-3468
Address 107 N. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Hours See website
Description Bloomington Fencing will be teaching classes in their new (as of March 2010) facility on the courthouse square. For class times and prices, call or visit website.
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Bloomington Flying Fish Volkssporting Club

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Website http://www.ava.org/gen3/data/clubsbystate.asp?EVState=IN
Contact Margaret Dalle-Ave
Phone 812 339-7549
Email dalleave [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
Description The Flying Fish are members of the American Volkssporting Association. Walks are open to anyone. Call for more information.
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Bloomington Fools Hash House Harriers

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Website http://www.bfh3.com/
Phone (812) 335-2991
Hours Call or visit web site for more information.
Description The hash is a non-competitive social club that meets to run, jog, or walk a four to six mile cross-country trail. The trails, set up by different hashers each week, traverse obstacles designed to slow down the hashers--including creeks, mud, sewers, tunnels, brambles, shopping malls, etc. Following the hash trail there is a brief ceremony welcoming new hashers and marking how many trails members have completed.
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Bloomington Fourth Street Festival Committee

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Website http://sites.google.com/site/4thstreetfestival/
Phone 335-3814
Email info [at] 4thstreet [dot] org
Hours 2010: Saturday, Sept. 4th, 10 to 6, Sunday, Sept. 5th, 10 to 5
Description The 4th Street Festival was created in 1977 by Bloomington, Indiana area artists and craftspeople to showcase southern Indiana talent. The fair has grown to include artists from all over the country. The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts strives to create an atmosphere of appreciation for art as well as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work by presenting a high quality event, while providing an educational environment to create connections with art and artists. Fourth Street prides itself on being admission free and welcoming to all.
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Bloomington Garden Club

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Website http://bloomingtongardenclub.com/
Hours See website for meeting times and info about the annual Garden Walk.
Description

On September 27, 1938, six women formed The Bloomington Garden Club. These six charter members had the following mission: to promote the knowledge and love of gardening; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds; and to encourage civic planting and beautification.

Closed membership.

Members and participants must to be nominated to join.

Sponsors the Garden Walk annually and other civic garden projects. Minutes are stored at the Lilly Library.

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Bloomington Glass Guild

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Website http://www.bloomingtonglassguild.org/
Phone 812-345-2470
Email agitlitz [at] hotmail [dot] com
Address 3740 East 3rd Street
(group meets at University Baptist Church)
Bloomington, IN
Description

The Bloomington Glass Guild is open to all who dream about glass, work with glass, admire glass or just want to learn more about glass.

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Bloomington Go Club

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Website http://www.usgo.org/
Contact Leonard Bromberg (Club Leader)
Phone 812-330-1734
Email jashull [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address Asian Cultural Center
807 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN
Hours Meets Tuesdays 5-7
Description Open to everyone. Members play the Chinese game of GO.
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Bloomington Good Evening Toastmasters Club 2471

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Website http://www.good-evening.org/
Contact Mary Virginia Hudson (President)
Email info [at] good-evening [dot] org
Address Smith-Neubecker Building
453 Clarizz Blvd
Bloomington, IN 47308
Hours Thursdays, 6:30pm
Description Group is dedicated to improving communication skills through public speaking. Toastmaster clubs help men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking - vital skills which promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of the world.
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Bloomington Good Morning Club

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Website http://www.toastmasters.org/
Phone (812) 340-0937
Email scarlettnd [at] gmail [dot] com
Address St. Charles Catholic Church
2224 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Hours Fridays @ 7am
Description Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of approximately 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or two. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved. Good communicators tend to be good leaders.
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Bloomington High School North Alumni Association

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Website http://www.mccsc.edu/Domain/427
Phone 332-2554
Email jbdreesen [at] aol [dot] com
Description

Julie Bennett Dreesen, 332-2554, e-mail jbdreesen [at] aol [dot] com, or Nancy Martin, 336-2468, e-mail nmartin401 [at] insightbb [dot] com Web address: http://www.mccsc.edu/Domain/427

Phone 336-2468
Email jbdreesen [at] aol [dot] com
Email nmartin401 [at] insightbb [dot] com
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Bloomington Indiana Grotto

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Website http://www.caves.org/grotto/big/big.html
Contact Sam Frushour (Treasurer)
Phone 812-339-2130
Email big [at] caves [dot] org
Hours 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m. in the Indiana University Geology building in room 143 or 126
Description Loosely knit group of cavers in Bloomington area. Bloomington Indiana Grotto is a chapter of the National Speleological Society which supports exploration, research and conservation related to caves.
Additional Contact Dave Everton (Chair)
Phone 855-7361
Email big [at] caves [dot] org
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Bloomington Indiana Kennel Club, Inc.

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Website http://www.onofrio.com/jodstwo/clubs/allbreedclubs/bloo.html
Contact Doug Johnson (President)
Phone (812) 332-5923
Description

Bloomington group for dog lovers.

Additional Contact Harold Frost (Vice President)
Additional Contact Dan Harrison (Treasurer)
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