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Community Service Projects Kick Off
2007 O'Bannon Institute

Bloomington, Indiana Community service projects, ranging from donating blood to planting gardens, kick off this year’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service.  Seventy volunteers, including students, faculty and staff from Ivy Tech, will assist 18 different nonprofit agencies in Monroe and Owen counties. Projects are scheduled for Thursday, April 26, between 9:45 am and 1:00 pm.

“Our college developed the Center for Civic Engagement to create an academic environment that fosters a commitment from our students, staff and faculty to community service,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.  “Thursday’s service projects reflect this mission of giving back to our communities through volunteerism.”

Community agencies participating in service projects throughout the morning of the 26th include the following:

  • American Red Cross
  • Alterra Sterling House
  • Area 10 Agency of Aging
  • Bell Trace Health and Living Center
  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation, City of Bloomington
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Center for Women’s Ministries
  • Community Kitchen
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  • MCCSC Teen Learning Center
  • Monroe County Animal Shelter
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Monroe County United Ministries
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
  • Opportunity House
  • Owen County Humane Society
  • Penny Lane Daycare West
  • Salvation Army
  • Shalom Community Center

The two-day O’Bannon Institute for Community Service begins Thursday morning with a breakfast for all volunteers.  Thursday concludes with a fundraising dinner at the Indiana Memorial Union featuring former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Friday’s O’Bannon Institute event, at Ivy Tech’s campus, includes a panel discussion, breakout sessions and a debate about issues facing our community.  The event concludes with the O’Bannon Conversation featuring former Senator George McGovern discussing his many years of public service and his continued involvement in important issues currently facing the nation.

Those interested in attending the O’Bannon Institute should contact Gretchen Bass at 812-330-6001, toll free at 1-866-447-0700 ext. 6001 or by e-mail at to make a reservation.  Except for the fundraiser, the event is free and open to the public.