New SCCAP Head Start site coming at St. Paul Methodist Church

November 24, 2009

The South Central Community Action Program’s search for two new Head Start sites is now down to just one site.  

That’s because SCCAP Head Start has reached an agreement to have a new site in January at the St. Paul United Methodist Church on West Third Street in Bloomington.  

“I believe this will be a great partnership,” SCCAP Director of Head Start Shirley Stumpner said. “They are very excited about hosting a Head Start site, just as I’m very excited about them hosting it.  Their site will serve families in the Highland Park area and possibly the Grandview area. ”

Stumpner is hoping to have an agreement for another new Head Start site completed soon. We’ll keep you updated on the details of both new sites that will open in January.

SCCAP taking nominations to fill a seat for a low-income representative on its Board of Directors

November 24, 2009

Nominations for seats on the Board of Directors of the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) are now being accepted. Two people will be elected, one for a vacant seat and one alternate.

Nominees must be at or below 150 percent of poverty. SCCAP is committed to serving low-income individuals and families and to ensuring the rights of low-income individuals to participate in the governance of the organization. Nominees must also reside in Monroe County and not have any conflicts of interest that would preclude them from serving on the board per the by-laws of the organization.

Nominees can contact Beth at 339-3447, ext 233 for a nomination form and relevant by-laws. Completed nominations forms should be sent to:

Attention: SCCAP Elections, South Central Community Action Program, Inc., 1500 W. 15th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.

Nomination forms must be received by Dec. 11, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. The date of the election will be announced at a later time.

A Circles Thanksgiving

November 23, 2009

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Circles Thanksgiving last Thursday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  

More than 100 people ate a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, pies and more. We give our thanks to the following organizations and people who made the event possible:

Clear Creek Christian Church donated 15 turkeys – one for each of the 15 Circle leaders to take home and cook for Thanksgiving.

Voices of Hope, a choral group at Indiana University, performed three songs after dinner. They also held a food drive on campus and provided bags of side items that are traditionally eaten as part of a Thanksgiving meal to each of the 15 Circle Leaders

 Jo Gilbertson, a member of the Circles Guiding Coalition decorated the room and set the tables. She and four St. Paul’s Catholic Church members cooked much of the meal. They and Wykita Walker, Erica Thompson, Marcy Wenzler, Katie Toler, Angie Thorpe, Shane Springer all peeled a lot of potatoes, served the meal, and helped clean up.

In addition, Patrick Aleer and Will Murphy each bought and cooked a turkey, and delivered it to the Circles meeting. Wal-Mart and Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack made contributions for the meal.  

Thanks, everyone!

MLK Web Design Contest for local students

November 23, 2009

From the NonProfit Alliance newsletter

Contest deadline is Monday, Dec. 7 

The MLK Commission announces its Web Design Contest for elementary, middle and high school students in Monroe County Community School Corporation and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation.  Contest information is at and
The deadline is Monday, Dec. 7. Students should answer the question “If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, what advice would he give to President Barack Obama?” 
Text, graphics, art, audio and video may be used. Judges will consider relevance to the theme, quality and cohesiveness of design, graphics, organization, and ease of navigation. Last year’s entries are at
IU School of Informatics and Computing grad students will serve as judges. Winners will receive cash prizes and recognized at a reception at First United Methodist Church, 219 E. 4th Street, at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.  All participants are invited to attend.
Information is at

Meeting held to spread Circles Initiative

November 21, 2009

Organizations from all over the state met Thursday for a workshop on how to start Circles Initiatives in their own communities.

Representatives from programs from Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and Japer met at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington for a workshop led by the Muncie Circles Iniative.

The program aimed to show other organizations how to get Circles started and what elements were needed for success. It provided attendees with a thick binder full of resources and information, and the presentation was led by a step-by-step slideshow.

But the meeting wasn’t a strict and rigid affair.

Participants were encouraged to ask questions throughout–such as how to raise funds–and the representatives from Muncie and Bloomington–the “model” organizations–bounced ideas for growth off each other and took notes for the future.

Actual Circles volunteers were present to share their stories. One woman said, “I’m really excited to start my circle. I think that’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Molly Flodder, the leader of the meeting, summed of the reasons for spreading Circles best. She said, “I’m getting almost old enough to retire, but I want to wake up one morning and know we changed the mindset of the community.”

Afterwards the participants joined the Bloomington Circles program for their Thanksgiving dinner.

More funds on the way to help low-income families and stimulate the economy

November 19, 2009

The South Central Community Action Program has received its contract for $696,929 in additional Community Services Block Grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

These funds will be used for traditional CSBG activities that SCCAP offers to support low-income citizens in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties, as well as for new economic development activities that will help people develop their skills to obtain and retain jobs that will keep them out of poverty. We’ll keep you posted on the development of the new activities and programs.

SCCAP Head Start featured on 1370 AM

November 18, 2009

SCCAP Director of Head Start Shirley Stumpner appeared on the Glass in the Morning Show Tuesday on WGCL Radio 1370 AM to talk about the coming expansion of the Head Start program this winter. You can hear that interview by following this link:

Also, there was a report today on Glass in the Morning about a benefit to help those without enough food in our area:

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