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Red Scarf Project 2007

Care packages from family were such a big thing in college, especially in the earlier months and years. Can't say that I was ever a recipient of frequent care packages...

Now that we've helped with Caps to the Capital and Warm Up America, it's time to support the Red Scarf Project 2007. The Orphan Foundation of America is collecting red scarves to send to unadopted foster youth in college:

The red scarves that knitters and crocheters make for this project will be put in Valentine's Day 2007 care packages for these very brave young people who, despite many hardships, are attending college. Getting these packages will let them know they are cared for and hopefully give them encouragement to stay the course. Think of the scarf you make as a hug for someone who, despite all odds, is working hard to get an education and trying to make his or her life, and therefore the life of our extended community, better.

See the guidelines, and knit fast! They are only accepting scarves through January.

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It is time to begin planning for SOLV IT 2007, one of the largest Earth Day projects in the nation!

On Saturday, April 28th, thousands of volunteers will converge on approximately 100 project sites in the greater Portland metropolitan area and work together to SOLV IT.

SOLV IT, presented by Portland General Electric, focuses on cleaning illegal dumpsites, beautifying and enhancing neighborhoods and public spaces, restoring watersheds, and much more. In the past seventeen years, SOLV IT volunteers have removed more than 6,400 tons of debris from illegal dumpsites, neighborhoods and natural areas.

This is your opportunity to become a SOLV IT project coordinator and to apply for assistance for your community volunteer project as part of this great event!

Following are program and project application details:

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Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2007
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(School Service-Learning Projects may take place any time April 22-28, 2007)

Geographic Area: Greater Portland Metro Area (Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties)

Project Application Deadline: February 12th, 2007

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SOLV provides all approved projects with the following support:

· Free site coordinator training for those interested in learning more about coordinating a SOLV IT project. First-time SOLV IT project coordinators are required to attend training.

· Project Planning Reference Guide (step-by-step guide to coordinating a SOLV project)

· Posters and brochures, and print, TV & radio pre-event publicity

· Assistance with volunteer recruitment and placement, including online registration, confirmation emails to all online registrants, and volunteer registration/waiver forms

· Free materials such as litter bags, vinyl gloves, safety vests, first aid kits, and sharps containers


In addition, a limited number of SOLV IT projects may receive:

· A maximum reimbursement of up to $100.00 to cover qualifying project expenses

· Partial assistance with disposal fees/services (drop box, disposal and/or portable restroom)


If you have a project to be considered for SOLV IT 2007, please visit http://www.solv.org/programs/solv_it.asp to complete the online site nomination form by February 12th. If you are applying for assistance for more than one project site, you must complete one form for each site.

Unfortunately, we cannot approve all applications due to ever-increasing demand for SOLV services and limited resources. You will receive notification as to whether or not your application has been approved by February 23rd. You are also encouraged to contact me directly to discuss potential projects or to ask any questions you may have.


Are you unable to lead a project on April 28th? Please visit http://www.solv.org/programs/project_oregon.asp to find out how SOLV can help you coordinate your own event any day of the year through our Project Oregon Program.


Sincerely,

Nancy Spieler, SOLV IT Program Coordinator
5193 NE Elam Young Parkway, Ste. B Hillsboro, OR 97124
503-844-9571 ext. 330 (Office)
503-844-9575 Fax
nancy@solv.org
www.solv.org

NEW CRITERIA FOR SOLV GRANTS AND DISPOSAL SERVICES

SOLV small grants support grass roots and community efforts. A limited number of grants (up to $100) are available to supplement project material and supplies costs, assisting in creating successful and sustainable projects.


Grants Eligibility:

· Any individual or group, except government agencies or organizations (schools allowed)

· Only 1 grant per calendar year per constituent (organization or individual)

· For each event, only 1 grant per site regardless of number of project partners

Due to limited resources, SOLV has also developed new eligibility criteria for providing project site services, which may include a drop box, disposal voucher and/or portable restroom.

Disposal Services Eligibility and Limitations:

· Any individual or group, except government agencies or organizations (schools allowed)

· No more than one drop box/disposal voucher provided by SOLV per qualifying project

· SOLV may require drop box sharing or site coordinator-arranged transport of waste to an approved waste handler/recycler

· Portable restrooms will only be provided for sites without publicly-accessible facilities nearby

SOLV VOLUNTEER ACTION TRAINING

Friday, February 2nd, from 9am-4pm at Metro (600 NE Grand Ave., Portland). For more information and to pre-register, please visit http://www.solv.org/programs/volunteer_action_training.asp


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