Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Helping Hand, Volume 1 Issue 2

We’d like to begin this month’s edition of The Helping Hand by giving a shout-out to all the volunteers who came out for our breakfast at Shalom Center last week. We teamed up with the Center’s fantastic staff to serve eggs, (turkey) bacon, breakfast sandwiches, and more to over 100 members of our local homeless community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event, whether through your financial donations or physical labor – it was greatly appreciated!

We will be planning more events for the spring semester, so look to future newsletters for further opportunities to volunteer as a departmental collective.

In order to keep The Helping Hand clutter-free, we will be compiling a list of service opportunities that you have sent us. Our plan is to archive this list on the English Graduate Student Resources Canvas page, under the “Community Service” folder. We will update the document each month and use this space to publicize new opportunities. We are also partnering with the IU English Graduate Student blog to make this information available in multiple venues. Check out the blog at http://iuenglishgrad.blogspot.com and look for regular updates both there and in your inbox!

This month’s new service opportunity comes from John McGlothin, who volunteers at Pantry 279 in Elletsville. The pantry is based in the Trinity Lutheran Church, and was first organized by local Girl Scouts. The pantry is expanding rapidly, and is looking for cash donations, food donations, and volunteers, particularly during the week. More information can be found at their website (http://pantry279.weebly.com/). You can also contact John for more information, at johnjmcglothlin@gmail.com.

And as always, you can find more ways to contribute to the Bloomington community at http://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org.

If you have other opportunities or events that you would like publicized, please contact us and we will share the information in our next newsletter. In the meantime, keep being the wonderful, community-oriented selves that you are!

Best Wishes,

Stephen and Phil

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