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Star Kilstein Bloom, Albert ...
Star Kilstein Bloom, Albert Dawson Christian, Sr., Joseph A. Duckworth , Benjamin Belton Fields and Johnnie R. Aycock.
- Star Kilstein Bloom (1939- ). Bloom has worked with numerous organizations, such as the Tuscaloosa County High School Foundation, Challenge 21 and the University of Alabama's Integrated Science Program.
She is co-director of UA's Center For Communications and Educational Technology, Baby Talk and a founding member of Tuscaloosa's One Place.
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dedication to the citizens of Tuscaloosa County stretches back many years and across many different areas.A long-time volunteer, Star Bloom serves on the Board of Directors for the Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center, and has written a number of grants for the Center, including the Children's Trust Fund Grant and the Alabama Builds Champions Grant, which is a federal grant and became the only one awarded in the state of Alabama.In addition to this work, Star has directed fundraising for the Family Resource Center and the Baby TALK program, developed community partnerships for the Center, and developed the Success by Six Program.Outside the Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center, Star is involved in fundraising for a new Hospice center in Tuscaloosa and was the Chairperson of the Tuscaloosa County High School Foundation responsible for raising $6 million in private donations to build a new County High School for the community.Star was named Junior League Sustainer of the Year for 2002 and is the current Sustainer Representative on the organization's Board of Directors.
Challenge 21 Board member Star Bloom talked with the group about the work of more than 20 Challenge 21 volunteers as well as the role of "Community Conversations" in fostering citizen input and involvement in their communities.According to Ms. Bloom, "getting public input may be more important than ever today because, with the dwindling resources available to government agencies, knowing what constituents really value can help elected officials in their work.
...Team leader Star Bloom, who served as moderator for the conversation, commented that the work of this group will provide the Community Politics Team with valuable information and insights that will be used for the future planning of these conversations.
noted that the interest and support from this participating group shows a need for Tuscaloosa's citizens to discuss further the issues of planning and development.
The Challenge 21 Community Politics Team is, from left, Joyce Harris, Kim Thoma, Star Bloom and Robert Morgan.
..."We want to encourage people to participate more in community life and to talk and listen to each other," Star Bloom, member of the Challenge 21 team said.