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.

First Yoga and Wellness Program

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Our first Yoga and Wellness program, in Baltimore City, wrapped up last Tuesday, July 29th. This six week series was hosted by the staff of our new SWE Baltimore initiative through the Higher Achievement program at City Springs Elementary and Middle School! Big thanks to instructor Christa Del Giornio for her dedication to the youth of Baltimore.

Harvest Collective Projects

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We’d like to thank our friends at The Harvest Collective for facilitating upcoming opportunities for So What Else to partner with food recovery organization the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network on two volunteer gleaning projects. The Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) collects the remaining edible produce from farms at the end of harvest seasons, then distributes the food to people in need throughout the region. So What Else is proud to be a part of this effort to reduce waste and provide nutritious fresh produce to deserving families. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network!

Summer Camp Photo Gallery

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So What Else Summer Camp 2014 is underway! We are super excited to provide 8 weeks of cost free summer camp for under-served youth in Silver Spring, PG County and Washington DC. Our team develops day camp style programs that focus on youth development, character building and community awareness.

Click Here to view photos from our summer camps…

We provide a wide range of activities throughout the week that give participants a chance  to engage in sports, health and wellness programs, cooking classes, service learning, STEM projects and creative arts.

After participating in our camps, participants are encouraged to implement many of these activities into their own community.