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The virtues of volunteering can’t be overstated–the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too–a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy.
(I am one of five writers who contributed to this story.)
BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL REEVES
If we have the privilege of choice, the environment in which we live is a reflection of who we are. The owners of the four homes featured here all share the characteristics of decisiveness, risk-taking, passionate vision, and a powerful sense of place.
Within the walls of these distinctive dwellings are two couples who abandoned brand-new custom-built structures in order to pursue and restore older, more stylized homes.
When Jessica Strunk came to Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington in 2004, the career path she imagined for herself was confined. “I had my life all figured out,” she says. “I wanted to get an associate degree in office administration, and then I planned to be a secretary forever.”
The room where Ellen Starr Lyon paints is just steps from the front door of her family home. Situated at the nexus between the kitchen and other living spaces, Lyon’s husband, two teenage children, and dog crisscross the room as she works, allowing her artistic ambitions to breathe and flourish within the center of her domestic universe.
After more than four years in business, Bloomington-based Soapy Soap Company’s vegan, gluten-free soap and body care products have become a staple in local stores, at multiple grocery chains throughout Indiana, and in specialty shops in other Midwestern states.
When Peg Faimon was an Indiana University student more than 35 years ago, she couldn’t have known how enduring that experience would be. But when she was asked to become the founding dean of IU’s new School of Art and Design, a weekend visit to Bloomington helped seal the deal.
When Alison Norris came to The Ohio State University four years ago for a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and the Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine, it didn’t take her long to find the resources she needed to initiate what has grown into a robust, multi-disciplinary reproductive health research program in Southeast Africa.
Dan Wozniak, PhD, professor of infectious diseases in the Departments of Microbial Infection and Immunity and Microbiology, is on the frontier of research to understand and create new therapeutic approaches to some of the most notorious and devastating human pathogens.