Orchard volunteers take home the Be More Sustainable Award!

April 7, 2017 | 9:34 am | Share

Last week, volunteers from the Orchard attended the 2017 Be More Awards ceremony to celebrate and support the dedicated volunteers throughout the community, who make missions like the Orchard’s possible. It was an inspiring evening – a time to come together, celebrate, and share stories of impact – and we all enjoyed hearing some of the many reasons that make Bloomington such an incredible place to live.

Photo by: Josh David

This year, the Orchard was honored to be the recipients of the “Be More Sustainable” Award, thanks to the hard-work and passionate impact our volunteers make in the local and at-large communities.  As Marc McAleavey, State Service Director at Serve Indiana, put it: “the environment isn’t the only beneficiary of the love here… As I learned more about [the Orchard]… I learned about a truly award-winning transaction that has been planted. The transaction of people caring for each other, caring for each other’s health, and caring for our planet in a way that generates a deeply rich empathy. I believe that the empathy that grows as a result of [the Orchard]’s community action has the power to change the world.” The Be More Sustainable award was one of ten awards that were presented to community members and organizations. Click here to see all of the award recipients and how they’re helping the Bloomington community!

Photo by: Mac McLaughlin

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the Be More Awards: The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the IU Credit Union, the United Way of Monroe County and WTIU Public Television.

We also want to thank Nick’s English Hut for hosting the after-party for the Be More Awards and for Natalie Cabanaw for organizing the celebration.  Nick’s donated 20% of the night’s proceeds from food sales and Natalie (and her fellow staff) donated the evening’s tips to the organization with the most members in attendance.  Once again, our volunteers astounded us by rallying together and coming to the after-party in tremendous numbers, bringing home $568.00 (in addition to the $500 Be More Sustainable Award)!

While we don’t do it for the recognition, it is certainly appreciated.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, both in and outside the Orchard, for making Bloomington such an incredible community.  You all certainly deserve an award for your love and support.  

See you in the Orchard!