HOUSE NEWS: Summer project help, Vickie graduates, microfarm workday!
SUMMER A SCHEDULE CHANGES: Beginning this week, there are a few changes in the schedule. Most importantly, we’ll be serving breakfast only 2 days a week instead of four during the rest of May and through June. Breakfast@theGreenHouse will still be from 7-9am, but we’ll just do it on Monday and Friday. We can use 1-2 volunteers for both of those days if you are available and would like to commit for the next six weeks or so. Just send us an email and let us know which day you’d like to help. Additionally, Art for All will work not meet each Saturday during the summer, but instead there will be several “guerilla art” projects for which they’ll announce on Facebook and in the weekly email when they’ll be meeting and any supplies they’ll need. Another change: The Green House Knitters will start meeting on Monday evenings again, 7:30-9pm. Everything else is the same! We can especially use help at the microfarm on Thursday mornings and at the café, anytime on Wednesday between 9:30am and 4pm.
CONGRATULATIONS VICKIE! Vickie Machado, a live-in member of the Green House for the past two years, graduated last week with a MA in Religion and Nature. We’re so proud of her! Vickie is living at the house through the end of the month, so 1) if you’re by the house make sure to congratulate her and 2) let her know of any contacts you have in S. Florida for possible work for her!
WE NEED HELP WITH SEVERAL BIG SUMMER PROJECTS: This is the time of “big” projects for us at the Green House and we could use quite a bit of help outside of the regular volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in helping, email us and we’ll contact you with more information about the particulars for each project. And if you could pass around the list below to family members, friends, co-workers, churches and others who you think might be able to help, we would be forever grateful!
- The creation of an outdoor dining area in our side yard: We’ve been really busy over the past few months, with an average of 45 people coming four days a week for breakfast, and often close to 100 joining us for lunch on Wednesday. We can only seat about 20 people at a time in the house, so it has been a little challenging to offer the leisurely meals we would like to and also make sure everyone has a chance to sit down for a bit. (Still people are grateful for the good food, the soft music and newspaper, and the gracious volunteers.) But what we would really like is to spruce up the side yard and make it an outdoor dining space. During the nice weather, we could serve twice as many people at a time with the space we have outdoors. We earned money with the Art for All sale to purchase supplies to build some more picnic tables and hopefully some bricks or pavers to create a patio or build a deck. We need volunteers to help, and we could really use some project coordination by someone with expertise and experience in construction, landscaping, etc.
- The creation of a parking lot/bus stop oasis: Clayton and Gloria are heading up their final project before they leave for New Orleans this summer – a little oasis for folks waiting for the bus near our parking lot gardens. Clayton had noticed that some disabled and elderly folks from a public housing apartment building nearby were having to stand in the sun and wait for the bus that stops near our gardens. After bringing a house chair outside several times for people, he floated the idea of building a permanent bench under the tree. The idea has since grown to include a butterfly garden and a “little library” – a small, enclosed box on a pole (like a bird house) filled with used books and a sign “take one, leave one.” We have been amazed by how much plant life the outskirts of that empty parking lot next door can sustain. It’s often abuzz with bees, butterflies, and birds as well. We’re excited about creating a little nature oasis among the asphalt and concrete and grateful to Gloria and Clayton for it. If you want to help out, lend supplies or expertise, get in touch with Clayton and Gloria or send us an email and we’ll connect you.
- House painting: A few years ago, we had a guest who offered to paint the house. He got about 90% finished and we’d like to finish the last bits over the summer. This includes painting the small outcrop at the top of the house that offers venting for the attic, as well as painting just above the frames of the upstairs windows. It’s a complicated job because of the height, but if anyone has the experience and expertise and could help, we’d be grateful. We additionally are thinking of several other smaller painting projects if you’re interested (the doors, steps, the picket fence, etc.)
- Various repair jobs: From patching up drywall to fixing the upstairs bathroom to putting in shelves in the kitchen and so on, we have a number of jobs around the house for which we can provide person-power but need expertise. If you’re adept at plumbing or drywall or carpentry and so on, and could coach us through various small repairs, we’d love the help.
For any of these, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTHLY WORKDAY AT BAM ON SATURDAY: On Saturday, May 18, from 9am to noon, we’ll all be gathering at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM) for our monthly workday. In partnership with BAM, we help provide regular volunteers and the produce from the microfarm is shared with our friends and neighbors at the cafe and through distribution. Volunteer all morning or for an hour or whatever suits your schedule. Call Jade at 352-275-4661 or 352-337-0817 to get directions and let him know you’re coming!
COMMUNITY PRAYER AND POTLUCK ON SUNDAY: For about a year now, a group of folks, including some of us associated with the Green House, have been committed to forming an intentional community. Once-a-month, we gather at various people’s homes, in the spirit of the early church, to pray together and share a meal. The gathering is open to anyone who would like to join us. This week, we’re gathering on Sunday at Hurley House (the big pink building at the east end of the parking lot behind St. Augustine Catholic Student Center and Church), from 4-7pm. Feel free to join us!