Dispatch 8.15.19 - Upcoming Events, Volunteer Opportunities, and Announcements

Highlights in this week's Dispatch include: upcoming MCDP volunteer opportunities at local festivals in September and October, Indiana Democratic Party events, local community events, and other announcements and resources. 

Democratic Party Events and Volunteer Opportunities

MCDP will be at several upcoming community events, and we need your help to staff the booths and march in the parades! Please contact Kaisa at [email protected] to sign up for a shift (or two!) or if you have any questions. 

Monroe County Fall Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at noon. 

Stinesville Quarry Festival: Staffing needed Thursday, September 26th through Saturday, September 28th, and we will be in the parade on Saturday at 2pm.

MidWay Music Festival: Staffing needed on Saturday, October 5th


Executive Director Position

Kaisa Goodman has returned as Interim Executive Director for MCDP through the Municipal election this November. We are also currently accepting applications for a new Executive Director, and the job description may be found here. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to[email protected] by August 24th. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 


Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is next month and hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on IDEA and reservations can be found here: http://www.indems.org/annual-idea-convention-in-french-lick/



9th District Lee Hamilton Dinner at IDEA

Saturday, August 24, 6:30pm

8670 West Highway, French Lick, Indiana 

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! It's time for our Ninth District Democrats to gather for our annual Lee H. Hamilton Dinner! Like last year, our District Dinner, named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton, will be held as part of the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) conference in historic French Lick. $60 per person/$50 for Ninth District Torchbearers. 

To purchase tickets or be an event sponsor, click here! For more information, contact District Party Headquarters at 812.725.2020 or [email protected]


Executive Director Office Hours

Mondays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 2-6pm, and by appointment

**There will be no office hours on Monday, August 19th**

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Please use parking spots facing 4th Street if available, as parking spots against the building are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises during business hours. Feel free to drop by during office hours, or contact Kaisa at [email protected] or 812-272-3439 to schedule a meeting at another time. 


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements


Volunteer for Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris's campaign is in Indiana and looking for volunteers in Monroe County to help put the Senator on the ballot! Those interested please contact [email protected].


NSFH: Building a Better Bloomington

Saturday, August 17, 8am-12:30pm

Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, 401 N. Morton St. 

Join No Space for Hate in welcoming new and old community members to Bloomington's Farmers' Market and letting them know that we will stand up for a more inclusive market. NSFH will pass out flyers affirming their dedication to protecting the rights of marginalized groups and continue to educate people on the effects of white supremacy in the community. Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/2316375275136759/


Moms Demand Action August Recess Rally

Saturday, August 17, 11am-1pm

Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St. 

Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America's Indiana Chapter at their August Recess Rally to call upon our US Senate to bring universal background checks and Federal Red Flags law up for a vote in the Senate. RSVP here - https://act.everytown.org/event/august-recess-2019/25008?akid&source&zip&fbclid=IwAR1xpPB1Oz-JUlplpP3wQ2V_ZnMZEu3nv073WSsuECVno8ULLg4C-4c8fNk


Owen County Democratic Party Democracy Day Dinner 

Saturday, August 17, 5:30pm Social, 6:30pm Dinner

Spencer United Methodist Church, IGA, 95 W. Franklin St., Spencer

Featured Speaker Dana Black, State Deputy Chair for Engagement. For tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dddinner. Tickets: $25/person.


Monroe County Democrats’ Club Meeting

Tuesday, August 20, 11:30am

DeAngelo’s Restaurant

The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, August 20th at 11:30 a.m. at DeAngelo's Restaurant. The speakers will be representatives from Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence. The public is invited to attend.


2019 Pridefest

Saturday, August 31, 3-11:30pm

Kirkwood Ave. 

Save the date for the sixth annual Bloomington Pridefest! Stay informed by checking out the website here: https://bloomingtonpride.org/pridefest. Numerous Pridefest workshops are scheduled, and you can read about them, as well as the festival lineup, here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bloomingtonpride/events


Black Lives Matter August Medical and Bath Supplies Drive


#BlackLivesMatterBloomington believes everyone deserves the basics necessities in life. Unfortunately our society isn't set up to ensure everyone has those things, but we can change that. We can help get those in need, providing them those basic everyday items that are often taken for granted. This drive is VERY easy to participate in. Learn about the Necessity Drive, including what donations are needed, here: https://blm.btown-in.org/summer-2019-necessity-drive.html. Donation Drop Off Date: August 31st at Bloomington Pridefest. https://www.facebook.com/events/399395120876697/.


Refugees Welcome Here Dine & Donate

Monday, September 2, 5-10pm at King Dough, 108 W. 6th St.

Thursday, September 5, 11am-11pm at BJ’s Restaurant, 411 S. College Mall Rd. 

This September, City of Bloomington’s Latino Programs and Bloomington Cooperative Living invite you to offer a simple act of hospitality to migrants coming to the U.S. Your donation will fund three organizations supporting refugees on the southern border & here in Bloomington: The Bloomington Refugee Support Network offers incredible solidarity to the refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants in our town. The Trans Liberation Coalition, based in Albuquerque, provides money, food, clothing and sponsorship to transgender asylum-seekers in and recently released from long-term ICE detention. Contra Viento y Marea is a dining hall and community kitchen run by women from the migrant caravans, serving 600+ warm meals per day to migrants from all over the world, most from Central America, Africa, and the Caribbean, who have been delayed entry into the U.S. due to hostile and volatile immigration. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/338642847079473/


All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, September 6, 9:30-11am

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St. 

Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743454419004501


Community-wide Middle Way House Volunteer Training

Saturday, September 7, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal, 301 S. Walnut St.

Help believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you to make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows! All volunteers must participate in one of their eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO per-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information about volunteer positions, visit:  https://middlewayhouse.org/takeanaction/volunteer/volunteer-positions/. For questions or additional information, contact Evelyn Smith, our community outreach coordinator: [email protected]



5th Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic

Sunday, September 8, 4-7pm

Bryan Park, Henderson Shelter

Free and open to the public

Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen for the 5th annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Enjoy food from BBQ Train, listen to great music by Huckleberry Funk, and meet your Democratic candidates! We welcome contributions of side dishes and desserts to share. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Event is free, open to the public, and will go on rain or shine. We hope to see you there! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/382415039128046/


Wake Up! with United Way - Homelessness: Unpacking the Point in Time Count

Thursday, September 12, 7:45am-9am

The Mill, 642 N. Madison St. 

Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? Join United Way on September 12th, as the Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, takes us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. Your $10 ticket will cover the cost of breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. Facebook event page (with link to purchase ticket): https://www.facebook.com/events/401834247356694/


3rd Annual South Central Opioid Summit

Tuesday, September 24, 9am-5pm

Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. 

The 3rd Annual Opioid Summit will be held September 24, 2019, at the Monroe County Convention Center. More details to come! Save the date! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/278644883001208/


City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:

Sustainability Commission (7/24/2019)

Environmental Commission (6/11/19)

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (5/2/19)

Redevelopment Commission (5/2/19)

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

These are great opportunities for city residents to be more involved in local government! To learn more about these commissions, including the mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listing and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at bloomington.in.gov/onboard 


Monroe County Governmental Boards and Commissions

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, seehttps://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/.

The application is available here: https://www.co.monroe.in.us/egov/documents/1533065264_74301.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).


*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.

*For questions regarding the Dispatch, email [email protected]*


Other Resources:

The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/

Programs they have covered include:

How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar), Campaign Finance (Anna Foster), Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas), Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle), Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua), Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle), Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson),Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson), Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb), Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua), Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster), How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua), and City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).