News and Events

Bloomington Expungement Desk Coming soon!

We're excited about the upcoming Bloomington Expungement Desk at New Leaf - New Life, a partnership with the Indiana Legal Services and the Mauer School of Law at IU.  You can read all about it in the this article from The Indiana Lawyer.

Writing, Incarceration, & Social Justice Panel

As part of Granfallon 2019, several members of New Leaf - New Life joined author Dave Eggers for a panel discussion on Writing, Incarceration, and Social Justice.  See the full video of the discussion here.

Volunteer Orientations

After a little hiatus, we are kicking off new volunteer orientations on March 17, 2019!  See the Facebook event for more details - and in general look at our Bloomington Volunteer Network page for up-to-date volunteer opportunities, as well as our page for volunteers.

New Leaf Awarded Grants

New Leaf - New Life was recently awarded $27,000 from the Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Smithville Foundation, to support new program development.  Read more in this Herald-Times article!

Former New Leaf President Passes Away

We are saddened to lose a founding New Leaf member, board president, and a man who "never tired of doing good", Wain Martin.  Words cannot express his impact on the community.

Poetry Program in Yet Another Publication!

Once again we're thrilled to see text and have audio of some people reading their poems in the 812 magazine.  Check out this article featuring Max Smith, Aaron Crafton, and Craig Grimes, as well as the teacher, Frank Brown Cloud.

Letter Writing to Incarcerated Survivors

Join New Leaf - New Life and its partners - Middle Way House, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE - as we write letters to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.  Meetings are often 7-8pm on the second Wednesday of each month: the latest info can be found here, and our Facebook page usually has links to the latest meeting.

Poetry Writing Program Featured in the IDS - AGAIN!

We're excited to see video of some of our current & former poetry students in this video article!

Former Board Member Passes Away

We are saddened by the passing of Victor Harnack, a former board member and Vice President of New Leaf - New Life.  Victor's life was a force for good, and he will be missed.

New President of New Leaf - New Life!

We are pleased to announce that Lindsey Badger is our new President!  And we are extremely grateful to all the years of service from Wain Martin!  Read more about this transition & the excitement for the future in this press release.

New Leaf Poetry PRogram Featured in the IDS

Check out the article in the Indiana Daily Student on Frank Brown Cloud's poetry class, "Poetry workshop for Monroe County Jail seeks personal revision" - as a bonus, one of the wonderful poems is included!

Videos on YouTube!

We've posted videos of what we do on YouTube!  Check out this overview video featuring our former treasurer Jon Holland and this video outlining the Jail Bingo program!

Long-time Volunteer Passes Away

We are sad to report the passing of long-time volunteer Bruce Bundy.  Bruce was with New Leaf - New Life from the beginning and volunteered, often three times a week, right up until his untimely passing.  We will miss Bruce greatly.

New Leaf - New Life featured in Limestone Post Article

New Leaf - New Life, along with several other local organizations, was featured in an article in the Limestone Post about literacy.  Check it out!

Volunteer Featured in BLOOM Magazine

Check out this article on Billy Young and the bike project that started at New Leaf - New Life!

Past Events & Press Releases

To see some of our prior events, check out our Past News and Events page, and for more information see our previous Press Releases.