SCCAP congratulates and thanks its 2015 Be More Award nominees Keisha Boyce, Eigenmann Hall Residents and David White. We are exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with and benefit from the volunteer service of all three of these nominees.
Here is information from the Be More Awards program highlighting why each was nominated:
Keisha Boyce moved her family to Bloomington in search of a safer community, better job options and more opportunities for her children. She soon joined Thriving Connections (formerly Circles Initiative) at the South Central Community Action Program. There she changed her life and the lives of others through her community involvement. She made cookies for Eigenmann Hall students, helped another participant build and move into her Habitat home, and played the role of a social worker in a poverty simulation to show how hard it is to depend on benefits. Keisha regularly cooks for the weekly meeting, attended a national conference on behalf of Thriving Connections and serves on its Advisory Board. Keisha lives the message that everyone has something to give.
Ten years ago, David White spearheaded Safety-Net, a free community newspaper that provides readers with updates about local agencies. Currently David pays for three issues a year to be designed and printed and the South Central Community Action Program pays for one issue. Safety-Net includes personal success stories and poems written by people who have benefitted from services, as well as detailed information about how people can access services that will be helpful to them. Over 20,000 copies are distributed each year. Due to David's work as editor and publisher, Safety-Net is a tremendous asset to people in need, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. There seems to be no limits to David's generosity and energy, as he pounds the pavement delivering Safety-Net newspapers around town!
David also is or has been a volunteer for Big Brother/Big Sisters, Bloomington Homeward Bound Walk, Community Kitchen, Interfaith Winter Shelter, New Leaf New Life, Interfaith Homeless Shelter, SCCAP Thriving Connections and Shalom Community Center.
IU's Eigenmann Hall residents have implemented programming with SCCAP for seven years! SCCAP provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. In the past year, Eigenmann Hall has engaged more than 50 SCCAP Thriving Connections and SCCAP Head Start families. Activities include the annual Walk of Fang, the Angel Tree program, an international fashion show, and a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration during Read Across America. Meeting Eigenmann students demystifies college and inspires participating children to consider college as a goal. SCCAP families truly develop positive relationships with the hardworking and creative students at Eigenmann. The partnership's tremendous success is the result of enthusiastic participation from a large number of Eigenmann Hall residents.
At the Be More Awards celebration on April 28 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Eigenmann Hall received the Be More Involved Award as Bloomington's most outstanding volunteer college student or group. Congratulations, Eigenmann!
SCCAP also congratulates Thriving Connection's volunteer Wain Martin who received the Be More Phenomenal Award recognizing Bloomington's outstanding board member of 2015. Wain was honored for his dedication as Board President of New Leaf New Life where he oversees rehabilitative activities to incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals to help them re-enter society in a positive way.
SCCAP offers its deep appreciation to the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, IU Credit Union, UnitedWayof MonroeCounty and WTIU for sponsoring the Be More Awards! This has truly become one of Bloomington's best annual events.