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.