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Community Resources

In 2022, we asked patrons and community members what they saw as the primary issues in their communities. The resources on this page is informed by these conversations, one-on-one interaction during pantry coffee chats, and patron surveys.

This page lists organizations and resources that service Monroe and surrounding counties as well as Indiana-wide programs. This is NOT meant to be an exhaustive list. It primarily includes programs, community partners and resources we often refer people to and have confirmed are still operational as of December 2023. 

General One-Stop-Shop for Resources & Assistance

Helping Bloomington Monroe

A go-to user-friendly and updated resource roundup of social services around Monroe County from food and housing to medical care.

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Common Requests

Pantries, Free Meals & Emergency Food:

Finding Food in Monroe & Surrounding Counties
List of food pantries and agencies  in Monroe and surrounding counties (English & Spanish)

Diapers, Pregnancy, & Parenting Resources: 

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center
Judgment-free, low-barrier pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption support. Includes diapers & formula, pregnancy tests, counseling, birth control, navigating the system, and peer support.

Pet Food Assistance

Monroe County Humane Association Pet Food Pantry 
Pet food pantry for those who qualify for subsidized services.

 

General Financial Assistance

Helping Bloomington Monroe: Financial Assistance 

Collection of 650+ programs and resources related to financial assistance. Option to search by specific need like housing, healthcare, school, or transit.

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Public & Social Services

Legal Services

  • Civil Legal Resources: List of reduced or free legal services.

State Social Services

  • FSSA Benefits Page:

    • Find FAQs and application information for social services programs including: SNAP, Women, Infants , and Children (WIC), Medicaid (HIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and refugee services.

Transit

Housing & Basic Needs

Public Health

Basic Needs

Utility Assistance 

  • SCCAP: Energy Assistance Program: Provides assistance with winter fuel bills for households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties

  • SCCAP Weatherization program: Weatherization includes a wide variety of energy efficiency measures and serves low income families free of charge (homeowners or tenants alike). Includes mobile homes.

Housing 

Re-Entry & Sober Living

  • New Leaf New Life 2020 Re-Entry Guide Monroe County Resource Guide: Resources and tips for employment, housing, basic needs, programming targeted for recently or previously incarcerated people but broadly relevant. *Disclaimer: some resources are outdated or discontinued.*

  • Courage to Change: Sober living program includes 12 step recovery, one on one counseling, intensive outpatient classes, peer support, and connection to resources in the community

Healthcare

Systemic Change & Community Building

Community

  • Monroe County Public Library: Hosts a diversity of resources, youth and adult programs, and assistance with variety of program applications. 

  • Bloomington Refugee Support Network: Supports asylum seekers, refugees, and other displaced migrants in our community through friendship, logistic and financial assistance.

Advocacy 

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