My friends and colleagues,
As many of you know, issues of homelessness and poverty are my passion. I study them academically and I work at the Shalom Community Center* to promote solutions to these issues locally. Being able to do both simultaneously has been a challenge, but has been incredibly rewarding as my academic life is influenced by my community work and vice versa.
Monroe County has the highest poverty rate in the state of Indiana. At 26% (excluding students), it's double the state and national average. As the economy worsens, demand for social services increases, putting pressure on local agencies to meet people's needs with limited resources.
I've formed a CMCL team for this year's Homeward Bound Walk, a 5K walk to fight homelessness and provide housing. It takes place April 19 from Noon to 3:30 p.m. in 3rd Street Park. If you're interested, you can participate by joining the walk team or by donating to the team. Both can be done at www.homewardboundindiana.org. The CMCL team page, specifically, can be found at http://homewardboundindiana.org/team/960.
The team has no official affiliation with the department. Instead, it's my effort to open up a space for us to invest in the Bloomington community together. Feel free to pass this on to anyone I have missed.
I hope you'll join me.