Community Connection Community Connection is an IPR original program that tells the story of nonprofit organizations in our region. Each month, we focus on one organization and what its volunteers and staff are doing to make east central Indiana a better place to live and work. We're here to tell their story: what impact they have on our community, how they do what they do, and how you can help.
Community Connection

Community Connection

From Indiana Public Radio

Community Connection is an IPR original program that tells the story of nonprofit organizations in our region. Each month, we focus on one organization and what its volunteers and staff are doing to make east central Indiana a better place to live and work. We're here to tell their story: what impact they have on our community, how they do what they do, and how you can help.

Most Recent Episodes

Madison County Local Food Network

The mission of the Madison County Local Food Network is to create a more vibrant community that provides equitable access to healthy, affordable, and nutritious foods to all Madison County residents. They aim to do this by promoting and providing information and education about local foods; advocating for and advising on policies and best practices that strengthen quality and equality in our local food system; and developing collaborative partnerships and relationships among all food system sectors. Newly established in 2018 with plans to expand their organizational structure in 2019, the Madison County Local Food Network is hosting the Madison County Local Food Summit on January 17th in Anderson. More information can be found at their Facebook event page or their Eventbrite page.

Tips for Turkey

Tips for Turkey is a local group that goes out into the community a few days before Thanksgiving and finds unsuspecting shoppers in local grocery stores that they think may be able to benefit from acts of goodwill and kindness. It's all about changing peoples lives and spreading the love in hopes that they, at some point, will be able to do the same for other families in need. Last year, the group raised enough money to take care of over 151 households in Muncie. They have helped out 276 households in the past four years total. This year's event is Saturday, November 17th, at The Fickle Peach in Muncie. Raffles and silent auctions from local artists and businesses will be used the day before Thanksgiving for their random acts of kindness. More information may be found by contacting the group's founder, Derek, through the event page on Facebook.

Wildlife Warriors

Sponsored by Red-tail Land Conservancy and Ball State University, the Wildlife Warriors is a nature club for kids age 10-15. The club explores nature with experts in field biology and conservation. Monthly topics include searching for salamanders, birds & binoculars, archery, orienteering, insects & butterflies, fish & river ecology, and trees of our forests. They talk about environmental issues, and kids take part in real conservation work to impact nature in their community. This episode also features two special guests, Petunia and Chocolate: two rescued big brown bats native to our area. They've joined us in the studio to "talk" about the Wildlife Warriors' upcoming Pulling for Bats! event in October.

Back to School Teachers Store

Long-time listeners may remember our 2015 feature of this organization. In this episode, we learn about their majorly successful year in 2017 and other developments to this popular local service for teachers. The Back to School Teachers Store is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that procures and distributes quality classroom supplies at no cost to local kids in need through our community's teachers and schools. A free teacher store offers qualifying teachers a place to shop for core classroom supplies such as pencils, dry erase markers, paper and glue at no cost, instead of worrying about having enough for the next class activity. Their organization is built on the generosity and commitment of individuals, businesses and partners who understand the importance of giving back. They also partner with a national network of forty resource centers through the Kids In Need Foundation who donates school supplies to them.

Boys and Girls Clubs – Roy C. Buley Center Unit

You may have heard about the Roy C. Buley Center – a cornerstone of the Whitely neighborhood since 1974 that offers recreational and educational programs in Muncie. We featured the center back in 2014 on our show, and this month, we're excited to give you an update about their recent merger with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie Roy C. Buley Unit offers after-school programs to their members in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend West View, Longfellow and North View elementary schools. Their mission is to encourage their members to be educated, be healthy and be leaders through their programs, which include homework help, Project Learn, Indiana Kids, STEM & more.

Box! Box!

Across the United States, communities are using traffic signal control boxes to develop attractive, vibrant places that reflect the culture of the area and engage the community with the public environment. Muncie Arts & Culture Council has partnered with the City of Muncie and Mayor Dennis Tyler to bring this popular public art movement to the city with Box! Box! MACC hopes to encourage bold designs and promote community engagement with a streamlined process that artists and groups can easily navigate from application to completion. MACC will provide a modest artist and supply stipend, install the vinyl wayfinding ribbon, and complete both the priming and final anti-graffiti clear coat for each of the completed project locations, 6 of which have already been prioritized for the 2018 pilot program. More information about the project and application process is available here.

Children's Bureau, Inc.

Children's Bureau, Inc. is a private nonprofit that has served children and families since 1851. Guided by their vision of a healthy family for every child, highly-trained case managers identify and address issues that tear families apart. Children's Bureau is built on the belief that giving kids the chance to succeed creates stronger communities. They typically serve more than 40,000 children in over 20,000 families each year.

Cornfed Derby Dames

The Cornfed Derby Dames (CFDD) are Muncie's premiere all women flat track roller derby league. Founded in 2010, the CFDD hope to bring together and empower women of all body types, race, age, and religion. It is their goal to make women's roller derby a positive and lasting addition to the Muncie community. CFDD donates a portion of proceeds from all home bouts to organizations making a difference in our community and welcome skaters at all skill levels, from beginners to advanced.

Raise the Bar Indiana

The mission of Raise the Bar Indiana is to empower communities and alcohol serving establishments to create safer spaces for all. Raise the Bar certifies facilitators to train employees of alcohol serving establishments how to recognize the signs of potential sexual assault. They then equip the employees with tools, resources, and knowledge to intervene safely. Their goal is to create a statewide network of Raise the Bar Indiana certified establishments who have made a commitment to make their bars safer for their patrons and to work towards reducing sexual assault in their communities.

Habitat for Humanity of Madison County

The Madison County chapter of Habitat for Humanity was established in 1988 and seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. A major goal for Habitat is to build a home that has a monthly mortgage payment around 30% of a family's income so that they can have a nice home and the funds needed to thrive in today's economy. One major source of funding for building projects and operations is through their ReSale Store located at 440 Main Street in Chesterfield.

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