URGENT VOLUNTEER NEED IN APRIL! - Bridging The Gap in Kansas City


Bridging The Gap
Volunteer Update

April 2010

Greetings, Bridging The Gap Volunteers!

Spring is finally here, and not a moment too soon! As I write this, it’s one of those warm, sunny spring days we’ve all been craving these past few months. Have we finally reached that part of the season where we can trust it’s going to stay this way? Please let it be so!

Just as the Earth reawakens from its winter dormancy at this time of year, all of us who care about our planet find ourselves eager to get back outdoors and enjoy spring’s beauty. Luckily, Bridging The Gap offers numerous volunteer opportunities over the next few months that will let you enjoy nature and give her some tender loving care!

This is Bridging The Gap’s April Volunteer Update. As always, we offer many ways to get involved, so just skim the headings and read the items that interest you.

More information about these and other volunteer opportunities may be viewed by clicking HERE

Volunteer Opportunities February - April-June 2010

KCMO Tree Site Identification Volunteer Training
Be part of the solution to climate change! The City of Kansas City, Missouri is undertaking a Climate Protection Plan that includes the goal of planting 120,000 additional trees over the next 10 years. This first requires identification of appropriate planting sites. We have an urgent need for volunteers to help with this during April!

litter indexLitter Index

Keep Kansas City Beautiful is conducting its 10th Annual Litter Index. The Litter Index is an opportunity for Kansas City residents to view their community through new lenses as they help show the impact litter has on our beloved city.Due to a snow cancellation in March, we have an urgent need for Litter Index volunteers this month to help us catch up!

Summer Internships – Coming Soon!
We will be posting several summer internships on the Get Involved page of our website in early April. These offer a great way to learn more about environmental and non-profit work.

The Great American Cleanup™ – March-May
The Great American Cleanup™, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31. Keep Kansas City Beautiful supports numerous events that take place throughout Kansas City. READ MORE

walking school busWalking School Bus “Drivers” – April - May
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, retired or just someone who cares about strengthening our community, BTG’s Walking School Bus program can use your help! READ MORE

EarthWalk 2010 – Sunday, April 11, Theis Park
This popular spring event is a fundraiser for BTG’s environmental sustainability programs and a great way to have fun while raising money for a good cause! This year we return to Theis Park, also known as Volker Park, just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

rain gardenBrush Creek Community Rain Garden Workday at EarthWalk 2010
April 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Theis Park
A two-fold event! Our Keep Kansas City Beautiful volunteer team will participate in BTG’s EarthWalk, then we’ll head to the rain garden at Theis Park for spring maintenance.

Sustainability Speakers Needed - Next Training April 15
Do you have a desire to educate others about steps they can take to live more sustainably? Bridging The Gap is looking for volunteers with significant public speaking experience or who are very comfortable with public speaking to schedule and give short presentations to community groups about solutions to our planet's environmental challenges.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration (Kansas City, Missouri) – Saturday, April 24, 9:00 AM to Noon
Help us celebrate Arbor Day in Kansas City, Missouri by planting trees in Essex Park. Essex is a new five-acre park in Kansas City North that has a playground but no trees.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration (Wyandotte County) – Friday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 PM
BTG’s Heartland Tree Alliance affiliate will provide the tools, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County will provide the trees, and you’ll provide the muscle to help expand our urban forest!

Kansas City WildLands Ecological Restoration Workday – May 8, 9:00 AM - Noon
Plant the prairie! Come help us plant wildflower seedlings grown from locally harvested seeds on three of Kansas City's beautiful remnant natural communities.

Outdoor Classroom For Operation Breakthrough - June 5
Last year, Keep Kansas City Beautiful partnered with Operation Breakthrough and Midland Loan Services to plant two rain gardens in Operation Breakthrough’s outdoor classroom for early childhood education. This year, KKCB will help complete landscaping in the classroom. Help us complete the creation of a children’s nature oasis in the center of the urban core!

Community Recycling Centers
The Community Recycling Centers need you to help reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill! Volunteer shifts Great for busy students with service requirements!

Sowers of Sustainability Volunteer Training – Dates TBA
KKCB will work with partners to teach citizens how to organize their own communities around beautification projects that align with their own priorities to create a healthy place to live. Citizens will learn skills to plan, design, install and maintain gardens.

For information about other BTG volunteer opportunities, click HERE.

Many of our opportunities are perfect for both individuals and groups. And if you have a group looking for a project on a day not listed here, please give us a call! We’re always willing to see if we can offer a project on a date that’s not included here.

Thanks for all you do to help create a more environmentally sustainable community!

Laura O’Brien
Volunteer Services Manager



BTG's Mission Statement

Bridging The Gap works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy and community.

Bridging The Gap seeks to educate citizens, businesses and government on the impact of decisions and behavior on our present and future community and world. The cornerstone for our success in raising awareness and changing behaviors is finding common ground we all share.

Today, BTG has evolved to include individuals, businesses and governments on both sides of the state line. Working with approximately 2,600 volunteers each year, we take action to make our world, region and community green, healthy and sustainable.

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Kansas City, MO 64111
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