BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 14th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 26 through April 28. The Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, April 27 with Jon Meacham is sold out, but volunteer slots are still available for the Day of Service on Friday, April 28.
“We’re inviting the entire community out again to volunteer on our annual Day of Service to help us reach our goal of providing 1000 hours of community service at local non-profits,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “To-date, we have 226 volunteers and 24 local organizations and businesses that have committed to participate, putting us at nearly 700 service hours.”
There are 160 volunteer slots remaining for projects located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Ellettsville. Tasks include planting gardens and trees, straightening books, cleaning toys, landscaping, spring cleaning, painting, preparing food drive bags, and assisting kitchen staff, among others.
Participants can view a full listing of projects and sign up to volunteer at ivytech.edu/obannon and click on Day of Service.
Day of Service volunteers are invited to a kick-off event and continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28 at Ivy Tech, featuring remarks by former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon. Kick-off attendees will receive an O’Bannon Institute Day of Service T-shirt before they head out to volunteer. Participants are encouraged to share photographs of the Day of Service on social media using the hashtag #IvyTech1000Hours.
On Wednesday, April 26, Ivy Tech Bloomington will recognize faculty, staff, and student volunteers, as well as community partners at its annual Civic Engagement Awards reception.
Top sponsors of the 14th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Group, IU Credit Union, Ivy Tech Foundation, One World Catering, Smithville Fiber, and Tasus Corporation.
About the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service
The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (ivytech.edu/obannon) was launched 14 years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. Previous speakers at the Institute have included former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, and Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.