Community Engagement Day for The RISE scheduled

BLOOMINGTON – Join the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce in hosting a Community Engagement Day with volunteers from Bloomington Women in Leadership at the First United Methodist Church parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for The RISE!

The RISE! is a residential community of 28 two-and three-bedroom apartments for survivors, and their children, who are transitioning out of violent relationships. The mission of the program is to provide survivors with access to permanent, safe, and affordable housing so they can achieve economic security, and foster their strengths to further develop their capacities for self-determination.

You can help by donating household items to others in need in the Bloomington community.

Volunteers are also needed for the event.

Chamber members can register for $15 which includes lunch, a t-shirt, and a donation toward The RISE! You must register today to receive a t-shirt.

Register today

Registration is now open to volunteer.

If you can’t volunteer you are encouraged to participate by dropping off a donation at the Church at the corner of 4th and Washington streets

Residents at The RISE! will be able to shop through these household items. It has been split into four categories: kitchen, bath, bed, and garage.  They also are in need of gift cards from Walmart, Lowe’s, Big Lots, Menards

Below is a list of household items needed.


  • Dishes
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Utensils
  • Baking sheets
  • Knives
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Cutting boards
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Potholders
  • Can opener
  • Air fryers
  • Toaster ovens
  • Coffee pots
  • Rugs neutral color


  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Wastebaskets
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Toothbrushes
  • Rugs neutral color
  • Washer/dryer
  • Laundry baskets
  • Hangers
  • Storage tubs


  • Twin, full, and queen sheets
  • Pillows
  • Comforters neutral colors
  • Nightlights
  • Night lights
  • Nightstands


  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure
  • Hammers
  • All in one tool kits
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