Bloomington helps Haiti – Upcoming events

This is a list of events coming up in Bloomington to help raise funds and contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti.

*Please see the “Events” page for the most up-to-date listings.

ONGOING: Kafe Kreyòl/Creole Café
Haitian Creole coffee hour every Friday, 11:30 am-1 pm, Rachael’s Café (300 E 3rd St). Open to anyone interested in learning or speaking Haitian Creole. Contact for more information.


WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 10 from 2-7pm and Saturday, Feb 13 from 9-4pm
WHERE: South Concourse of IU Football stadium, Gate 5 / 17th St

Indiana University is sending a 20′ cargo container to Haiti with the generous donations from the Bloomington campus and community. 
The final drop-off and loading of items into the container will take place at the South Concourse of the Memorial Football Stadium, accessible from 17th St. and Gate 5, on the following dates and times: Wednesday, February 10th from 2 to 7pm and Saturday, February 13th from 9am to 4pm. Please make sure that donations are boxed and labeled properly. See the website for instructions on labeling and what to donate.

Please DO NOT donate clothing or low nutrition foods (cookies, candies). Canned items are low priority, though pop-top (self-opening) canned goods will be accepted. Please pack food items separately from all other items.

Due to price inflation and overwhelming demand, many of these items are much less expensive (not to mention more available) now in the US than in Haiti, so please give what you can!

Items needed (from highest to lowest priority):

Disaster Relief and Recovery: Power (solar) generators; Temporary shelter (tents), cots, stakes, duffle bags; Flashlights (solar powered or normal), batteries; Ropes, bungee cords, zip ties; Large water containers, plastic sheeting/tarps; Camping chairs, sleeping bags or air mattresses; Cooking utensils, propane stoves (no gas); Plastic and paper ware (plates, bowls, cups); Manual can openers, pocket knives, tools, scissors; Clothes lines and pins, sewing kits; Bug spray, sunscreen, soaps; Water purification supplies

Medical Supplies*: Antibiotics (no expired products); Antibacterial liquid soaps, antibacterial hand wipes; Pediatric formulations; Analgesics; Wound care; Bandages; Needles and surgery threads; Asthma medicine; Orthopedic items; Baby wipes
*Please do not send open or personal medications or expired products.

Pack separately from other items: High nutrition non-perishable food; self-opening (pop-top) canned food (no cookies, candies, or other low nutrition foods)


WHEN: Saturday, Feb 13 from 2-5 pm

WHERE: 1601 East Ruby Lane, Bloomington

CONTACT: Micheline Fleurant, (812) 369-4344
 or (301) 529-1037;


Silent auction for Haiti Soleil

Please help us rebuild a Haitian community library and cultural center. There will be a silent auction of many objects from Haiti (Haitian market scene painting, carved sculpture, decorative pillow cases); Ghana (batik wall hangings); Benin (traditional embroidered dresses); India (batik skirt, large hand-embroidered tablecloth); Ethiopia (shawls); Morocco (scarves); books, ceramics, plus other crafts from Ecuador and Nicaragua. The event will also feature poetry, food, and music from Haiti.

Haiti Soleil, a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been working with Bibliothèque du Soleil, a community library and cultural center in Carrefour-Feuilles since 2006. Carrefour-Feuilles is one of the hardest hit areas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Schools, churches, hospitals, and homes in the community have collapsed. The library’s building has been destroyed. The people who once used the library as a place of leisure and education will now need more immediate needs met: child care, job training, safe spaces to congregate and other services that libraries can provide in times of disaster.

The staff of Bibliothèque du Soleil has created an emergency group called Biwo Doleans Sosyal (BDS) to offer condolences to the families of Carrefour-Feuilles who have lost loved ones, offer assistance, and document stories and grievances from the community. By donating to Haiti Soleil you are contributing to the restoration of Bibliothèque du Soleil and its capacity to serve residents of Carrefour-Feuilles who have been greatly impacted by the earthquake. To help the community of Carrefour-Feuilles during this difficult time, as well as invest in the future of Haiti, all proceeds of the silent auction will go to Haiti Soleil:


WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14 from 11am-9pm, $5
WHERE: Players Pub, 424 S Walnut St
CONTACT: Curtis Cantwell Jackson, (812) 651-6002

Curtis Cantwell Jackson and a number of local musicians will unite to benefit the people of Haiti at Players Pub, 424 S. Walnut Street. More people are needed to donate their time and talents to make this Haiti relief effort a success. If you have music to share, art to donate, items to raffle, or are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Curtis Cantwell Jackson at (812) 651-6002.


WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 17 from 5-8pm
WHERE: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N Jordan Avenue
CONTACT: Philip Asamoah,

Several organizations at Indiana University are coming together to raise funds for Partners in Health through ticket sales for a Haiti Benefit dinner on Wednesday, February 17. The dinner will take place from 5:00-8:00pm at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Food will be provided by several area restaurants and there will also be live entertainment.

Tickets will be only $10 and may be purchased at the Asian Culture Center, La Casa, the GLBT Student Support Services Office, the Wells Library, Wright Food Court, and all three Bloomingfoods locations. Also, there will be someone selling tickets in the Student Lounge at the Hutton Honors College (across from the IMU on 7th St) from 11:30-1:30 on Thursday Feb 11 and 10:30-12:00 on Friday Feb 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Philip Asamoah at

Sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, the Asian Culture Center, the Black Student Union, the Black Graduate Student Association, and Kelley MBA Association.


WHEN: Friday, March 5 from 4-6pm
WHERE: Dowling International Center, 111 S Jordan Avenue
CONTACT: CJ Lotz, or Lizzie Cooke,

Please join us for the “ImagineHaitian” arts and coffee evening, 4-6pm on March 5 at the Dowling International Center, 111 S Jordan Avenue.

There will be Haitian art and crafts, jewelry, and baked goods for sale as well as Haitian coffee to sample. There will also be music and information on reforestation in Haiti, as well as information on each of the artists featured.

Proceeds will benefit a reforestation project in Gonaives, Haiti and the women’s cooperative in Thiotte, Haiti that produced several of the items for sale.

For more information, contact CJ Lotz at or Lizzie Cooke at



Modeled after Florida’s Haitian Heritage Month (in May), several projects are being discussed for a local Haitian Heritage Week in April or May. Possibilities include:
– Haitian film festival
– poetry reading and workshop
– silent auction with Haitian food and entertainment, featuring art inspired by the earthquake or Haiti’s history
– community yard sale
– benefit concert for Haitian musical group Alabanza
– konpa music night

Other proposals include publishing a compilation of artwork and poetry inspired by the earthquake (to raise funds for relief agencies), and collaborating with local schools to send letters of support to survivors in Haiti.

For more information or to volunteer for any of these projects, please contact Kat Forgacs at


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  1. Pingback: Players Pub benefit concert update! « Bloomington for Haiti

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