The Bloomington Community Bike Project is a local cooperative that helps recycle bikes. They help local residents get access to bikes and bike repairs, and we are always happy to volunteer our time to build new bikes out of old parts.
Pie-a-Professor is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Kelley Civil Leadership Development that pairs student organizations with Kelley professors in order to raise money for worthy causes. Last spring, BAP paired with Professor David Rubinstein to raise money for My Sister’s Closet. The fundraiser culminates with the Pie-a-Professor Night, where, you guessed it, students throw pies in the faces of their professors. But it’s all in good fun and for a worthy charity!
Another event organized by BAP is the Accounting for the Future Case Competition. BAP sponsors this case competition along with PwC. We prepare a practice case and a final case for high school students at several Indianapolis schools. We visit the schools to introduce the practice case. Then the schools each send a couple of teams to PwC’s Indianapolis Office for the final competition where they present their solutions to PwC professionals. This is a great service project that allows BAP to reach out to younger students and introduce them to the world of accounting and finance.
Bloomington is surrounded by beautiful parks and natural reserves. Every fall and spring, when the weather is nice, BAP partners with Bloomington Parks and Recreation to help maintain the trails and parks at Griffy Lake, Leonard Springs, and Winslow Woods. We take great pride in helping preserve these recreational areas for future generations!
BAP also participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program every year. This past spring we took our service to the next level with an Alternative Spring Break VITA trip to Jacksonville, Florida. The group of seven spent the week having fun in the sun and preparing state and federal tax returns for the residents of Jacksonville. The BAP members learned a lot about themselves, each other, and, of course, the tax code. It was a terrific trip from our BAP members, and we hope to expand the program in the future!