Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Last week Adopt-a-Block gained a few new members. We had a nice chat here at our CCAN office and went home with new cleaning supplies, t-shirts and a new sense of pride in Burlington (Am I right??). A big THANKS to all of you who came!


Here's a little update about what GRT is doing in the next coming weeks...

May 31st-June 9th I'll be working with the Healthy Neighborhood/Healthy Kids group from Champlain Elementary School. We are going to do a little graffiti removal and trash pick up in the neighborhoods around the school--focusing on the VT Railways building on Briggs St.

June 1st I'll be up at Leddy Park cleaning with Kids on the Run, an all girls running group from Flynn Elementary School

June 13th Another Healthy Neighborhood/Healthy Kids group, this time from Barnes Elementary School, will be cleaning with me around the North St. area.

The Converse Home and Champlain Senior Center are starting two new cleaning groups of their own.
  • With a little help from a passionate AAB member who volunteers at Converse Home on lower Church Street, the "Converse Cleaner-Uppers" have taken off. So, if you see them out and about with the navy blue Graffiti Removal Team VOLUNTEER shirts on, stop and say hello.
  • The Champlain Senior Center is in the works of getting a regular group to go out and about to do trash pick up in their N. Winooski neighborhood.

I do have a bit of blog related news....

I have added the areas adopted by AAB members on the sidebar -------look-------->>
Take a moment and see if your streets are covered. Or, if you're an AAB member, look and see if I've covered the correct territory. If not, let me know and I'll give it a little fix.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Interested in a Mural Project?

Join ReCycle North's YouthBuild and Spectrum on
Thursday, May 25th at 3pm

Come dressed to paint at 230 St. Paul St. (across from Kerry's Quick Stop)
for an intergenerational mural project.

Contact Kim Parker at -or- 658-4143

Monday, May 15, 2006

I am recruiting for new Adopt-a-Blockers.

If you know of anyone that might be interested---Please pass the word!
Or, please attend on Thursday, May 25th at 5:30pm yourself if you feel like passing on some expert first hand knowledge.

You can RSVP to me: Kristen Staley,
865-7548 or


Thursday, May 11, 2006

May 11th Update

Hi Folks,

This past weekend was Green Up Day, as I'm sure you all knew. It was great to see a few of our GRT and Adopt-a-Block volunteers out for the big day, as well as out for the Friday Downtown Green Up Day. Thank you all so much for what you did. The two days went over with great sucesses.

Here are a few stats from the days:
  • 500+ Volunteers
  • 168 graffiti tags removed
  • 107 greenbelst groomed
  • over 6 TONS of garbage collected. Whoa.
    • Including 2 dumptrucks of Tires
Another BIG thank you to our own Jean Forden, Adopt-a-Blocker. She was willing to speak at our May 2nd press conference as a voice for all Burlington GRT and Adopt-a-Block volunteers. She came with her green bag, trash gloves on and newly made volunteer sign:

***If any of you are interested in having a sign made for when you go out to clean, let me know. I worked with Jean on getting this made exactly the way she wanted. ***

But the cleaning doesn't have to end here, as many of you already know. The Graffiti Removal Team is still in motion.

  • I'll be out cleaning with 8th graders from Edmunds Middle School on Monday, May 22nd.
  • I have been doing one-on-one work with a few people for community service hours, cleaning up tags here and there.
----->If any one is interested in volunteering to clean with me at anytime, let me know. There are plenty of projects. Or, if you know a student or youth in need of community service hours, I'm your gal. <----------