The Kris Lindahl Team with Kris Lindahl Real Estate is committed to giving back to the community and we do so in a variety of ways. What’s amazing to us is how many others want to do the same, yet don’t know how to get started. Sure, there are civic clubs one can join, but how else, they ask us, can they become more involved in their community – and really make a difference?
We’ve come up with several organizations that can really use your help.
1. Help the Former Homeless Furnish their Homes
Bloomington is home to Bridging, a non-profit organization that “improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.” They do this through the effective use of donated items. So effective, in fact, that Bridger has furnished more than 70,000 homes since it opened its doors in 1987.
Want to help? Bridger accepts donations of money, “stuff” and time. Go here to donate money, and here to schedule a pick-up of items you’d like to donate. It’s free to drop the items at one of their two warehouses and $75 for pick-ups from outside your home ($150 if they need to come inside the home).
Bridging accepts gently-used furniture and household items that are clean and in working condition. If you would feel comfortable giving an item to a family member or friend, it is in acceptable condition. You can find a list of items they need here. If it’s not on this list, they won’t accept it.
Bridging can always use some extra helping hands, so if you want to volunteer, go here. They typically need help in the warehouse, assisting clients during their shopping trips, office support (answering phones, greeting clients, data entry, etc.), inspecting and sorting housewares, stocking shelves, minor repairs of small electrical appliances and furniture and sales and customer service in the Estate Store in Bloomington.
2. Help Bloomington’s Elderly
This volunteer opportunity is a win-win for the busy Bloomington resident. You grocery shop, right? How about shopping for two just twice a month? Store to Door assists homebound seniors by shopping for and delivering their groceries and prescriptions every two weeks. The non-profit organization serves folks in the seven-county metro area, and of course Bloomington is on their list.
Right now the group serves more than 1,700 seniors who want to live in their homes but may lack the mobility to run common errands. They ask for a six-month commitment and they especially need help on Thursdays and Fridays between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
3. Luv a Pet
Luv Me Again is a Bloomington non-profit animal rescue group that takes animals from “harmful, abusive, or neglectful situations and give them a second chance at life.” All of the rescued animals go to foster homes where they remain until they find a forever-owner.
The group provides medical care to those that need it so you can imagine how heavily they rely on donations from the public. They also rely on this help to rescue additional animals. To donate money, go to the group’s donation page.
They also need the basics for the animals, such as toys, leashes, collars, bowls, food and crates. Want to adopt? You’ll find photos of adoptable pets on their website and Facebook page.