2014 Summer to Remember

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2014 Summer Camps wrapped up this past Friday, August 22nd. This summer So What Else doubled the amount of our day and week long camps, provided free of cost, to low income and under served communities in Maryland and DC. We provided four weeks of day camp for the PG County Community Services Division, where we served over 400 kids. Two weeks of camp for the Montgomery County Recreation department at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, serving over 60 kids. Two weeks of summer programming at White Oak Recreation Center where we served over 60 kids. We finished out summer with our 4th year of two weeks of camp at the Kingman Boys and Girls Club where we served over 80 kids.

Youth spent the summer participating in service learning projects, sports and games, fitness and healthy cooking lessons, expressive arts and crafting, science and engineering projects, music lessons, water play, environmental projects and more. Big thanks to our dedicated staff of Youth Development Practitioners and Interns who made this summer a success for our youth and for So What Else.

Eco-Friendly Bottle Brick Bench Build

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Join So What Else and our friends at The Harvest Collective in building a beautiful eco-friendly park bench made from recycled material at Black Hills Regional Park (20930 Lake Ridge Dr, Boyds, MD 20841). There will be multiple volunteer opportunities to participate in each of the three phases of building. This is a good opportunity to not only give your time back to the community and planet but also a great learning experience about sustainability and eco-conscious initiatives. Together we will be building an incredible piece of art and students will get the experience of learning in an outdoor classroom setting.

The first phase is laying foundation on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to help create a foundation of gravel, earth bags and vertical scaffolding for the bench. The second phase is cobbing on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 am to 5 pm. Volunteers will be mixing and hand-applying cobb, which will adhere to the bottle bricks and form the bench. On Saturday, October 4th there will also be another volunteer day dedicated to cobbing. The last phase is decorative mosaic art for the bench on Saturday, October 11th. Volunteers will be helping to plaster and apply a mosaic designed by the MCPS students in our Green Club after school program. Students from Roberto Clemente Middle School will be learning how to create mosaics and to develop designs that will be placed on the bench. They will also be helping to build the bench during their Green Club after school program on Thursdays. These are great opportunities for group or family volunteering. To sign up please email us at info@sowhatelse.org.

Bike Lovers Volunteer Opportunities

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 We have two upcoming volunteer projects that are perfect for bike lovers or any individual looking to give their time for a good cause. This Friday August 29th, So What Else is sending volunteers to the annual New England Bike to the Beach Ride. We are excited to once again to join the Bike to the Beach volunteer crew. Cyclist will ride from Boston, MA to Middletown, RI to raise money and awareness for autism.

Volunteers are needed to distribute refreshments to bikers at two rest stations. The rest stations are located at Ray’s Appliance (264 Broadway, Taunton, MA) from 6:00 am to 8:15 am, as well as at the East Bay Bike Path near mile 1.25 (95 Veterans Memorial, East Providence, RI 02914) from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Volunteers are also needed at the finish line to set up and cheer on riders as they arrive. Riders and volunteers are welcome to enjoy complimentary refreshments at the end of ride party at Tickets Bar & Grill.

Our second opportunity is a bike drive for the great organization Bikes for the World. We will be hosting a collection of gently used bikes at REI Rockville on September 13th, from 12 pm to 4 pm. The bikes will be sent to individuals and institutions in developing countries and used as a form of transport to school, work and health centers. Volunteers are needed to help advertise on the day of and to disassemble the bikes to get them prepped for shipping. Please come and donate a bike for a good cause! REI Rockville – 1701 Rockville Pike, A-7, Rockville, MD 20852)

2014 Summer Camp

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We are pleased to announce the kickoff of our 4th year of summer camp at the Kingman Boys and Girls club located in Washington DC. The two week session starts Monday August 11th and ends Friday August the 22nd. Students at the club will participate in sports and games, service learning activities, healthy cooking lessons, expressive arts, STEM experiments and more. We are looking for high energy volunteers who want to work with youth in either a leadership or assistant role.