The Bloomington City Council Jack Hopkins Grant Committee awarded Girls Inc. more than $13,000 to repair and upgrade our bus fleet. The buses, which were all purchased before 2015, deliver girls from seven Monroe County Community School Corporation elementary schools and two private schools to the Girls Inc. center every school day.
Many Monroe County families are eager for after school programs but do not have the transportation available to get the girls to or from the center. This grant will extend the life of our buses and keep them on the road even more in the 2018-2019 school year.
With repairs and maintenance issues solved, we are now able to transport girls from the center to their homes at the end of the day. We began transporting our first group of girls in January of this year to the Fairview Elementary neighborhood. This fall we will expand that opportunity for girls in the Templeton Elementary school district.
Since the inception of the Jack Hopkins Social Services funding program in 1993, the Bloomington Common Council and Mayor have provided over $3.8 million in one-time funding to social services agencies for projects that have made a difference in the lives of City residents in need. Named after former City Council member Jack Hopkins, the Committee is populated by five members of the City Council and two City residents with experience in social services.