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Month: October, 2013

Lost and Found Items

Hi volunteers!

Missing a water bottle or cup? Here’s what we have that might be yours:

  • A lime green porcelain cup with a lime green silicone holder around it and silicone top. Left at the Sandy Creek cleanup.
  • An olive green “Klean Kanteen” metal water bottle. Left at our first volunteer event at Herndon Park.

If you’re missing either of these, respond using the comment function below, or send an email to shutdownvolunteer-2013@yahoo.com




Wednesday, Oct. 17: No Volunteer Activities Today. We Are Going Back to Work!

Thank you to each of you who gave of your time, skill (and muscle!) during the past 2 1/2 weeks. Your work helped provide food, school supplies and homes to people who need them, kept buildings clean for families of seriously ill children, and improved several of our local parks for  Triangle residents to enjoy. You all are amazing. Now we can get back to our regular work protecting public health and the environment.

See you at work!

Note: We have a couple of lost and found items. Will post info on this page later today. Please check back.


There is Encouraging News from Washington Today. But In Case We Are Not Back at Work on Thursday … Here Are Two Volunteer Opportunities

We are really hoping to go back to work tomorrow. But if we cannot, please join us for one of these two volunteer opportunities: The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm in Raleigh or Welcome Baby in Durham. Please RSVP using the comment function below. Note in your comment which event you plan to attend. We will update this page to confirm whether these events are still on. Details below:
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm in Raleigh – 9:30 to noon. Up to 30 volunteers needed.
The Food Shuttle needs volunteers to help with a variety of projects on its six-acre farm, which could include anything from transplanting plants in the large organic garden, to preparing soil for planting, to cleaning the goat pen or chicken coops. Some of us also may be put to work building chicken coops. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience! The folks at the Food Shuttle will tell us what we need to do.
Key things you need to know in advance:
  1. Wear closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. No flip-flops allowed. Wear clothes that can get dirty, too.
  2. Bring filled water bottles (we’ll try to have the furlough cooler if someone can bring in from Wednesday’s event in Chapel Hill). A hat, sunscreen and gloves also are recommended. The farm does not provide gloves.
  3. Bring a signed waiver for each volunteer. Follow this link to get the form.  Note: if you volunteered at the Food Shuttle last week, you don’t need to fill out a new waiver.

Please take a minute to read this additional information and policies about working at the farm.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Vetter

Location and Directions:
The farm is located at 4505 Tryon Rd, Raleigh. From I-40, take exit 295, Gorman St. At the stop sign, turn toward Tryon Rd. At the intersection of Gorman St and Tryon Rd., take a right on Tryon. Follow Tryon ~ 1mi. to Dover Farm Rd. on the left. Make a U-turn back onto Tryon Road. Turn right into the first driveway on Tryon Rd at the IFFS Wake County Teaching Farm sign.

Welcome Baby in Durham – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eight volunteers needed.
Join us for this preschooler-friendly volunteer event sorting baby clothes for the giving closet. Welcome Baby provides parenting education and support to families with young children in Durham County. Learn more at http://www.welcomebaby.org/ .

Location: 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701. There is parking adjacent to the building.

Great Work at Durham Food Bank Tuesday!

Thanks to everyone who turned out Tuesday to help at the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina – Durham branch. About 20 volunteers put together dozens of bags of the North Carolina Official State Vegetable (the sweet potato), along with sorting canned and dry goods, drinks and other supplies for distribution across the six counties the Durham branch serves.

If you couldn’t come out today, please consider working Wednesday afternoon at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill.  Read the Wednesday opportunity post for more info and to sign up.

We’re also working on something for Thursday, just in case we’re still out. We’ll post more info when we have it.

– Alison

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Opportunity: Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina – Durham Branch – There’s Still Room for a Few More!

If we’re still out on Tuesday, please join us from 1-4 p.m. at the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank needs 25 volunteers for tasks such as bagging donated produce for distribution, sorting donated grocery items or assisting with other warehouse tasks. Contact Cheryl Vetter if you would like to participate. Please also read the information below.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Waiver required: If you have not previously volunteered with the Food Bank, you’ll need to fill out a waiver. Please arrive a little before 1, so that you can fill out the form, and get instructions from Food Bank staff.

What to wear: Food Bank warehouses are not climate controlled, so dress accordingly. The Food Bank recommends casual attire but, please, no short shorts or halter tops. Closed toed shoes are required. Volunteers wearing sandals or flip-flops are not permitted to work.

Also note:

  • Storage space is limited, so do not bring purses or other valuable items.
  • No food or drink on the warehouse floor.
  • Please do not use headphones or phones while working in the warehouse.
  • Volunteers may not use any equipment (forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.) without proper training.

Follow this link for directions 

Learn more about the Durham branch of the Food Bank


Wed, Oct 16 — Chapel Hill — Ronald McDonald House

If the government is still shutdown on Wednesday, a group of up to 15 people is needed to help with indoor projects, such as cleaning common areas, from 1-3 pm on Wednesday. Volunteers are encouraged to bring any of the following supplies: Windex, Pledge, Clorox wipes and paper towels. Ronald McDonald House is located at 101 Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, which is just east of Fordham Blvd (Rt 15/501), and here’s a link to their website:


Please RSVP as a comment below.

Two National Articles

From Sunday, Oct 12, 2013 New York Times


Photo from Eno Event!

From Oct 10, 2013 AP story — run in many outlets



Fantastic Friday

Thanks to all of you who joined us yesterday at Habitat for Humanity in Apex. Furloughed feds moved lumber, power washed, painted and touched up a house that was going to be dedicated for its new owners today. (We think John B. may still be there framing …)

You guys are the greatest! See the thanks in advance from the Habitat team (go down to the Thursday entry).

A reminder for Monday: – Because a lot of people already had holiday plans for Monday, we are going to take the day off. But we are lining up events for Tuesday and Wednesday, in case we are still out. Check back for updates.

See you soon!

– Alison

What A Day at the Eno

Thanks so much to all who came out to the Eno today.
It’s good to feel useful.

Here is a note from Keith, the Superintendent of the Eno River State Park, who was on site with us today.
What a lovely day we had today, out in the light rain with 13 hard working volunteers from the Environmental Protection Agency. They showed up ready to work and accomplished a lot in their 40 hours of volunteer service . . . including reestablishment of a canoe access trail, water bar installation, kudzu control, boundary line clearing, and bamboo removal. Please let everyone at the EPA know how much we at Eno River State park appreciate all their hard work and their great attitude.
You are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that soon you will be back at work. Thanks for choosing to spend some of your time with us.
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Habitat on Friday: Rain or Shine!

If you’ve been wondering whether Friday’s Habitat work will take place if it rains, the answer is yes! If rain is heavy, they’ll have us work indoors. Either way, wear something that can get dirty.

Parking is located at Sovereign Grace Church, 401 Upchurch St., Apex, NC 27502. Easy to get to via US 1 South to NC 55, or 540 to 55.

Please arrive between 8 and 830, so you’re there in time for orientation and safety overview.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time. As of late afternoon, we still needed six volunteers. To sign up, follow this link. http://habitatwake.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=1434638

See you tomorrow!