HOUSE NEWS: Need help at the cafe this week and new newsletter!
NEED HELP AT THE CAFE THIS WEDNESDAY: We’re short a handful of volunteers for the café this Wednesday, so if you can help out, it would be much appreciated. We’re down two volunteers for morning prep work, starting at 9:30am and going through noon; and we’re down one person at noon for serving between 12-3pm. If you can help out, even for an hour we’d be very grateful!
NEW EDITION OF CONSPIRE, OUR NEWSLETTER, IS NOW AVAILABLE: We just completed another edition of our irregular newsletter, Conspire, and many of you should be receiving a copy in the mail this week. If you don’t get a hard copy and would like to be added to the mailing list, let us know! If you want to download and look at a PDF of the newsletter, you can see it here.
STILL LOOKING FOR MORE HELP WITH SEVERAL BIG SUMMER PROJECTS: (Thanks to several folks who responded last week to this info. Johnny or Kelli will be in touch with you this week.) 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.