The Center for Civic Engagement


Alternative Spring Break

In March of 2007, 12 people (10 students and 2 staff) from Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana embarked on journey to Radford, Virginia to work with local after school programs, help build a Habitat for Humanity house and clean up a historic cemetery. It was the first Alternative Spring Break Program at Ivy Tech - Bloomington.

In 2008 - 2011 the ASB program traveled to Calnali, Mexico for a week of service and cultural experiences.

2012-2014 Alternative Spring Break students & staff traveled to Antigua, Guatemala.

Chancellor's Scholarship for Civic Engagement

Available for Fall and Spring Semesters as part of the Ivy Tech Foundation Scholarships

Annual Civic Engagement Awards

Each spring semester, the Center for Civic Engagement presents awards in the following categories to our faculty, staff, students and community partners: Excellence in Service Learning, Excellence in Community Involvement, Excellence in Volunteerism (Faculty/Staff), Excellence in Volunteerism (Students) and the Jeaninie C. Rae Humanitarian Award. Awardees, selected by the Civic Engagement Committee at Ivy Tech - Bloomington, are each awarded a $500 stipend and are recognized during a formal program as part of the O'Bannon Institute for Community Service.

Civic Engagement Library

Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington's Library has a wide variety of civic engagement, service learning, community service and volunteerism resources available for check-out. The library is located on the second floor, across from the bookstore, in room A200.

Community Service Internship Program (Work-Study)

Community Service Work-Study allows students to earn their work-study funds at local non-profit agencies that serve to improve our community. Positions may include working with anyone in the community ranging from children to the elderly, or other individuals that need assistance.

Under federal law, schools must allocate at least 7% of their Federal Work-Study allocation to employ students in community service jobs. Additionally, at least one of the Federal Work-Study students that schools employ to fulfill the aforementioned requirement must work performing family literacy activities or as a reading tutor. Ivy Tech - Bloomington, with its commitment to community service and civic engagement, strives to go above and beyond the required 7% and projects to invest at least 11% of its Federal Work-Study allocation from August 1, 2007 - August 1, 2008.

Faculty & Staff Volunteer Program

Goal Two of the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement Plan encourages “faculty, staff, and student participation in volunteerism.”  The Center serves as the Bloomington campus’ central point of contact on volunteerism and community involvement opportunities in our six-county service area that includes all or parts of Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties. As part of this goal, Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington offers release time for faculty and staff that are interested in volunteering during normal business hours.

Institutional Resources and Building Usage Program

We lend our facilities to nonprofits, governmental agencies, and accrediated educational bodies to use for trainings and events. If your organization is interested in using a classroom, conference room, or another space, please contact Chelsea Rood-Emmick at or 812-330-6037.

Ivy Tech Day at the Legislature

Each spring, in collaboration with the Office of Student Life & Leadership, a group of students, faculty and staff from the Bloomington campus (and from Ivy Tech campuses all across the State of Indiana) travel to the Indiana State House to meet with their legislators and learn more about how they can be involved with their government.

Voter Registration and Political Participation Advocacy

Each fall semester, the Center for Civic Engagement partners with the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County to host local candidate forums. The Center also provides voter registration services on campus during the candidate forums and prior to them via classroom visits and also voter registration tables and drives. Ivy Tech - Bloomington also serves at a poling place.

Furthermore, Ivy Tech Community College and the Center for Civic Engagement encourages all faculty and staff to exercise their voting rights in all national, state and local elections. The College allows faculty and staff one (1) hour in pay status for voting. If faculty or staff need additional time off to vote, your supervisor may approve up to three (3) more non-paid hours or they may use accrued leave time.

O'Bannon Institute for Community Service

The O'Bannon Institute was the first step in the creation of Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington's Center for Civic Engagement and is the first event that Ivy Tech has dedicated to issues surrounding community service, service learning, and civic engagement.

The O'Bannon Institute is best described as an annual conference hosted by Ivy Tech - Bloomington that features local, regional and national speakers - as well as a campus-wide service project and the annual Civic Engagement awards - launched in 2004 in an effort by Ivy Tech – Bloomington to bring the community together with leaders from the non-profit, higher education, and political arenas to discuss issues related to public service and to encourage students to become active in their communities.

Past regional and national speakers have included Judy O'Bannon, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joe & Maggie Kernan, Birch Bayh, Alan Simpson, George McGovern, Sam Donaldson, Paul Begala, and Arianna Huffington.

Service Learning - Local Education for Global Citizenship

Service-learning means a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that:

1. is conducted in and meets the needs of a community

2. is coordinated with an institution of higher education, and with a community partner

3. helps foster civic responsibility

4. is integrated into and enhances the academic coursework of the students enrolled

5. includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.

(Adapted for Ivy Tech Community College from the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE): Series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines and the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993).

This definition points to the following key pieces: meaningful service, link to curriculum, partnerships, and reflection.

Student Club & Organization Volunteer Program

All "officially recognized clubs and organizations" on campus are encouraged to become involved in their community through volunteerism. With this - starting with the fall semester of 2007, all clubs and organizations at the Ivy Tech - Bloomington campus are required to perform two community service projects at a total minimum of 20 hours per academic year in order to remain in good standing with the College.

Volunteer Fair: Community Connections

Started in 2003 as Community Connections, 2009 marked the 6th volunteer fair held at Ivy Tech - Bloomington. This event is held annually during the fall semester. In 2006, more than 40 local nonprofit agencies and group representatives set up booths and distributed information during the event held in the Hoosier-Times Student Commons. The goal of this annual volunteer fair is to expose Ivy Tech students to the wealth of services and volunteer opportunities available through the regional nonprofit community in South Central Indiana.