Bloomingfoods Co-op Market’s Positive Change program has raised more than $608,000 for local nonprofits since the campaign began in 2016. This community-driven fundraiser is a “register-roundup” program in which shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar when they pay for their goods at the checkout register. Member-owners of Bloomingfoods vote each year on which organizations will participate. Voting for the 2022 Positive Change recipients has begun.
Limestone Post is honored to be on the ballot for 2022, so if you’re a Bloomingfoods member-owner, and you value what we bring to the community, please consider voting for Limestone Post! Voting continues through October 21. Each Bloomingfoods member-owner gets to vote for 11 of the 38 organizations on the ballot (see below for the complete list of 2022 candidates). Members can click here to vote online. In-store voting is also available.
Recipients for 2021 are Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health & Technology; Farm to Family Fund; Buskirk-Chumley Theater; Hotels for Homeless; Friends of the Monroe County Public Library; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Central Indiana; Bloomington Pride; Black Lives Matter Bloomington; Bloomingfoods; Pantry 279; and the Center for Sustainable Living.
While only active member-owners of Bloomingfoods are eligible to vote for next year’s recipients, any Bloomingfoods customer can help a local organization whenever they shop at one of the stores: Bloomingfoods East, 3220 E. Third St., and Bloomingfoods Near West Side, 316 W. Sixth St.
Here’s a reminder of what we do at Limestone Post.
We launched Limestone Post in 2015 as a for-profit publication, but in 2019 we converted to a nonprofit organization, Limestone Media Inc., to join the movement toward nonprofit media. From the beginning, readers have said Limestone Post “fills a gap in the local media landscape” by publishing in-depth, inclusive stories by local freelance writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, and more.
Our mission as an independent, nonprofit magazine is to publish informative stories about Bloomington and the surrounding areas, with a special focus on public-service and solutions-based journalism. The range of topics we cover — from the arts and outdoors to social-justice issues and more — is as diverse as our community.
In early 2020, our first year as a 501(c)3 organization, we continued our transition to a nonprofit publication. One of our first initiatives was to create a fundraising program designed to pursue operating revenue from three sources: individual donations, grant writing, and business sponsorships/underwriting. However, the pandemic required us, as it did almost every other organization and business, to shift what we were working on — and how. As we continued to publish important articles, we also added new members to our board of directors and welcomed Shayne Laughter as our development director.
Local businesses took a hit in 2020, so we paused our business-underwriting program and donated our “ad space” to nonprofits. We’re pleased that so many organizations took advantage of this free advertising, including Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre, Monroe County Public Library, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Sycamore Land Trust, Bloomington Playwrights Project, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, Visit Bloomington, Cardinal Stage, and WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology. Their free display ads on LP were clicked thousands of times by our readers, sending them to the organizations’ websites to learn more and, hopefully, support them.
Being chosen by Bloomingfoods’ member-owners to participate in the Positive Change program will allow us to keep reporting on the interests and concerns of our community and, especially, to pay our talented, hard-working contributors a fair rate for the exceptional content they create for the community. But we want to wish all of the worthy candidates for Positive Change the best of luck:
AREA 10 AGENCY ON AGING
BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD
BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO
BLOOMINGTON MEALS ON WHEELS
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BLOOMINGTON
CIVIC CHAMPS – HELPING HANDS BLOOMINGTON
COMMUNITY KITCHEN OF MONROE COUNTY, INC.
CONSERVATION LAW CENTER
COURAGE TO CHANGE SOBER LIVING
FRIENDS OF LAKE MONROE
GIRLS ROCK BLOOMINGTON
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF MONROE COUNTY
HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK
LAKE MONROE WATER FUND
LIMESTONE POST MAGAZINE
LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION
MONROE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION
MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES
MOTHER HUBBARD’S CUPBOARD
NEW HOPE FOR FAMILIES
NEW LEAF, NEW LIFE
PEOPLE’S COOPERATIVE MARKET
DISTRICT 10 PRO BONO PROJECT
SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM
STONE BELT ARC
SYCAMORE LAND TRUST
TANDEM COMMUNITY BIRTH CENTER AND POSTPARTUM HOUSE
THE PROJECT SCHOOL
UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY
WOMEN WRITING FOR (a) CHANGE