Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Recycle-A-Bike seeks Full-Time Americorps*VISTA


Recycle-a-Bike (RAB), Providence's community earn-a-bike program, is taking applications for an Americorps VISTA position (for which we are currently in the grant application process). RAB is entering a one-year trial as a program of the Steel Yard starting on September 1, 2008. At the end of the year trial, the organizations will make a decision about pursuing a long-term partnership.

During the one year trial period, the RAB Program will be managed by an Americorps VISTA volunteer. The volunteer will be managed by RAB staff and, to a lesser degree, by Steel Yard staff. This individual's job description will include organizing and monitoring access, formalizing program and partnership structures, developing an annual budget, identifying and researching funding resources, and communicating his/her progress with the Steel Yard staff and board. The VISTA should also examine the possibilities available for RAB program to remain as a collectively-run organizational tenant of the Steel Yard. A final report and recommendation on these issues will be due one year after the start of the trial period or no later than September 1, 2009.

From the Americorps website:
By serving through VISTA, you'll gain new skills, friends, and experiences-plus you'll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you'll also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either an education award worth $4,725 to pay for college, or $1,200 in cash.

Inquire ASAP to Mike Eng or call (805) 234-1032. Applications due by June 27th!
Personally, I went with the $$$ for school.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hot Enough?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Spaceship Earth

If ever there was a time to get your sustainability on, its now. This weekend is the Rhode Island Sustainable Living Festival and Clean Energy Expo at the Apeiron House in Coventry, RI.

There's a bike train forming at the Providence Railroad Station for the 22 mile ride which will pick up cyclists along the way. The route will incorporate the Washington Secondary bike Path and the rural roads of West Warwick and Coventry.

Free admission and a T-shirt will be given to those who pre-register and arrive by "train". The festival features live music, food and workshops on living a low impact lifestyle. Yours truly will be conducting a Bike Commuter workshop at 3pm on Saturday. Other workshops will feature community gardening, renewable energy, community organizing, etc. Come down and check it out.