Volunteer Opportunity: Help Build the Red Cloud Training Annex

Our dedicated volunteer base makes all our projects a success!
Our dedicated volunteer base makes all of our projects a success!

Take this opportunity to travel to our Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s headquarters on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for a long weekend of fun, hard work, and new experiences! Although it is only a five hour drive from the Trees, Water & People office in Fort Collins, Colorado, a trip to Pine Ridge offers a life-changing experience in an entirely different culture.

What: Volunteer Weekend
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
When: Thursday, April 4 – Monday, April 8
Who: Flexible volunteers who like adventure, hard work, lots of fun, and all kinds of weather. Volunteers 14-18 are welcome with adult companions.
Why: Learn about the Oglala Lakota culture, meet new people, and help finish construction of the Red Cloud Training Annex.

Volunteers are invited to arrive anytime after 6p.m. on Thursday, April 4. We will host full work days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Projects will end by 5p.m. on Sunday, and volunteers are welcome to head home Sunday evening or on Monday morning. The primary focus of this trip will be to progress with the construction of the new Training Annex. We will be painting walls, installing windows and other fixtures, and doing whatever else the building needs at that point. Additional needs may arise between now and our trip (work in the garden? chop firewood?) – flexibility is a must. Projects may be outdoors and certainly will not take place in a climate-controlled environment.

Food:

  • TWP will provide food for volunteers during their time in Pine Ridge.
  • Food purchased by TWP will be vegan (no animal products). Feel free to bring your own food if you desire.
  • TWP cooking equipment and utensils will be available for use.
  • Volunteers will be responsible for preparing all their own food, including group dinners.

Transportation:

  • All volunteers are responsible for their own transportation and related costs getting to Pine Ridge.
  • I will be happy to coordinate carpools where possible.
  • Our facility is located down a short dirt road. Many sedans have traveled it.

Lodging:

  • Volunteers are encouraged to camp on the Red Cloud Renewable Energy campus and must bring their own camping equipment to do so. Weather will be unpredictable, so only those comfortable in the outdoors should camp.
  • Also available will be bunks for up to 14 volunteers, who will share a room with up to 6 other individuals (co-ed).

To volunteer, please email the following information to Lacey Gaechter, National Director, at lacey@treeswaterpeople.org.

  1. Name of all people in your volunteer party
  2. Email addresses for all people in your volunteer party
  3. Your cell phone number
  4. Which days you have available to travel to and work in Pine Ridge
  5. Where you will be coming from and returning to (e.g. most people will be coming from Fort Collins, CO)
  6. Whether you will be camping or require a bunk in our loft (first come, first served!)
  7. Do you need a ride?
  8. Can you offer a ride – if so, for how many people?
  9. Any other questions you have

Once Lacey has confirmed your spot, she will email you directions to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and provide you additional details about the trip.

Can’t join us in April? Join us the weekend of May 2-5 for a tree planting volunteer trip. Save the date and keep your eye out for more details!

Photo of the Week: Volunteers Make it Happen!

Nick Martinez works hard to finish the roof on one of the strawbale homes at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center during a recent volunteer trip to Pine Ridge.

Interested in volunteering with Trees, Water & People? Visit our website for information on how you can help!

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Build Straw Bale Homes at Pine Ridge

straw bale home_Pine Ridge

Join us October 11-15 at our Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s headquarters on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for a long weekend of fun, hard work, and new experiences! Although it is only a five hour drive from the Trees, Water & People office in Fort Collins, Colorado, a trip to Pine Ridge offers an experience in an entirely different culture.

What: Volunteer Weekend
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
When: Thursday, October 11 – Monday, October 15
Who: Volunteers who like hard work, lots of fun, and all kinds of weather. Volunteers 14-18 are welcome with adult companions.
Why: Take this opportunity to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation, complete two straw bale buildings, and help us clean up our campus after a major wind storm and other destructive events.

Volunteers are invited to arrive anytime after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th. We will host full work days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Projects will end by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, and volunteers are welcome to head home Sunday evening or on Monday morning. Projects will include adding a roof to one straw bale home, making improvements to a second straw bale home, and removing litter from the campus. Additional needs may arise between now and our trip. Projects will take place almost entirely outdoors, and weather permitting, we will eat group meals outside as well.

This trip is for volunteers who enjoy a little adventure! Flexibility is a must on the reservation. You should also be prepared for a lot of fun!

Food:

  • TWP will pay for volunteer’s food during their time in Pine Ridge
  • Food purchased by TWP will be vegan (no animal products). Feel free to bring your own food if you desire.
  • TWP cooking equipment and utensils will be available for use
  • Volunteers will be responsible for preparing all their own food, including group dinners.

Transportation:

  • All volunteers are responsible for their own transportation and related costs getting to Pine Ridge.
  • We are  happy to coordinate carpools where possible
  • Our facility is located down a short dirt road. Many sedans have traveled it.

Lodging:

  • Volunteers are encouraged to camp on the Red Cloud Renewable Energy campus and must bring their own camping equipment to do so. Weather will be unpredictable, so only those comfortable in the outdoors should camp.
  • Also available will be bunks for up to 14 volunteers, who will share a room with up to 6 other individuals (co-ed).

To volunteer, please email Lacey Gaechter at lacey@treeswaterpeople.org, with the following information:

  1. Name of all people in volunteer party
  2. Your email address
  3. Your cell phone number
  4. Days you have available to travel to and work in Pine Ridge
  5. Where you will be coming from and returning to (e.g. most people will be coming from Fort Collins, CO)
  6. Any further questions you may have

Once Lacey has confirmed your spot, I will email you directions to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and provide you additional details.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! It should be a lot of hard work and a lot of fun.

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Build the Red Cloud Training Annex

volunteers at RCREC

To Our Hammer-Savvy Volunteers!

This July, spend a few days helping TWP build the interior walls of our new Training Annex at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Thanks to volunteers like you, the 40′ x 60′ steel building is fully constructed and ready for rooms to be built!

What: Training Annex Walls Construction
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
When: Whenever you are available, July 1 – July 15
Who: Volunteers with some construction experience/ comfort with a hammer
Why: Take this opportunity to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation and play a critical role in expanding our training program.

Trees, Water & People is looking for 1-3 volunteers to travel to Pine Ridge at a time in order to assist our project lead, Jeremy Foster (TWP board member extroardinaire), in framing the Annex’s interior walls. You heard me right, only 1-3 volunteers at any one time, but you have two weeks to go.

We will give preference to volunteers with previous construction experience. Extra preference given to those of you with tools that you can bring with you. Please also let me know if you have any special skills that will assist us in the construction of these walls. Anyone out there with basic plumbing and/or electric knowledge (expertise not required)?

This trip is for volunteers who enjoy a little adventure! Flexibility is a must on the reservation. You should also be prepared for a lot of fun!

Food:

  • TWP will pay for volunteer’s food during their time at Pine Ridge
  • Food purchased by TWP will be vegan (no animal products)
  • TWP cooking equipment and utensils will be available for use
  • Volunteers will be responsible for preparing all their own additional food that they choose to bring

Transportation:

  • All volunteers are responsible for their own transportation and related costs getting to Pine Ridge (although I will be happy to coordinate carpools where it is possible)
  • Our facility is located down a short dirt road; Many sedans have traveled it

Lodging:

  • Volunteers must bring their own camping equipment and will camp on the Red Cloud Renewable Energy campus

To volunteer, you must email TWP’s National Director, Lacey Gaechter, to sign-up. Please email lacey@treeswaterpeople.org the following information:

  1. Name of all people in volunteer party
  2. Your email address
  3. Your cell phone number
  4. What days you have available to travel to and work in Pine Ridge
  5. Where will you be coming from and returning to (e.g. most people will be coming from Fort Collins, CO)?
  6. What is your previous construction experience/ any areas of specialty?
  7. Any other questions you may have

Once I have confirmed your spot, I will email you directions to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and provide you additional details.

I look forward to hearing from you soon! It should be a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.

Kind regards,

Lacey Gaechter

Intern Spotlight: Cate Stone

by Pete Iengo, Volunteer Manager

Cate Stone, National Program Rockstar (Intern)

The TWP team has many pleasant and colorful characters turning the gears of sustainability, and this month’s Featured Intern, Cate Stone, is certainly no exception.  Having Cate around is a joy.  She is a dedicated conservationist with a smile and presence that fills up the room!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Cate was en route to Alaska with her good friends when their magic school bus broke down in Idaho.  Revised final destination: Fort Collins!

Soon after Cate discovered TWP here in Fort Collins, she applied and was hired.  Serving as National Program Intern, she works closely with Program Director Lacey Gaechter on our new Food Security Program, as well as bringing renewable energy to Native Americans through our Tribal Renewable Energy Program.

“What TWP is doing is pretty incredible!” Cate said when commenting on our community-based approach in Fort Collins and in the other communities we serve.   In particular, Cate is referring to the work we do on Native American reservations.  It wasn’t until her internship that she began to see for herself the level of poverty that can exist on the reservations of the West.  Cate had the opportunity to go to the Pine Ridge Reservation and work with a team of volunteers and our partner Henry Red Cloud on a recent project.  “I feel lucky to get to volunteer on the Rez, it makes it all feel real.” she commented on the experience.

We are very lucky to have Cate on board here at TWP!  It won’t last forever, though.  Cate is excited to get out there and see the world, and aspires to finding a niche in environmental anthropology, focusing on clean water systems in Latin America. Where ever you end up Cate, we know you’ll do great things; thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Join us for Lakota Adventure 2012!

You are invited to the 2012 Lakota Adventure: Past and Present! Below, you will find an itinerary of events and a registration form. If you have any further questions about this trip please contact Lacey Gaechter, National Director, at lacey@treeswaterpeople.org or by phone at (970) 484-3678.

 

Featured Volunteer: Kari Lanphier

by Pete Iengo, Keeper of the Office and Volunteer Coordinator

 

Kari Lanphier_Featured Volunteer
Kari plugging away at her work, always with a smile!

A huge part of who we are at TWP is directly attributed to our wonderful volunteers and interns. This month’s featured volunteer, Kari Lanphier, exemplifies the commitment and caring spirit that every organization dreams of having in a regular volunteer!

In August 2010, Kari moved to Fort Collins to study geology at Colorado State University.  It was her first day in town when she stopped by our office: “I’ve heard of you guys, and I like what you’re doing.  How can I help?”  And so the Kari era begins…

Over a year later Kari is still volunteering, and she is more committed and skillful than ever.  Starting out as our Regular Office Volunteer, Kari quickly morphed into a more complex role as Development Intern, where she manages much of our media and data files.  Her work at TWP compliments her class work too.  Kari takes the hard skills she learns here and applies them directly to her course of studies.

When Kari takes a break from her studies and volunteer efforts, she likes to spend time exploring the outdoors, rock climbing, backpacking, and learning about new things.  It’s the hunger for knowledge that drives Kari, she exclaims, “I want to keep learning and finding things I am good at so I can teach others and pass that knowledge along.”

After school Kari wants to work in geology and spend some time in Pacific Northwest with her future Husky dogs, Nanook and Cookie.  Wherever Kari ends up one thing is for certain: she is an unstoppable bundle of knowledge and spirit who will be a true asset to whatever endeavor she takes on.

From all of us at Trees, Water & People, thank you Kari for being a strong member of the community, a friend, and an amazing human being!

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Build a New Training Annex at RCREC

We have purchased the building kit for our new Training Annex at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), and we need your help to put it together! Made possible by our very generous donors, the new Training Annex will provide us with a dedicated training facility, allowing the existing building at the RCREC to become a year-round solar air heater manufacturing facility.

Can you join us November 4-7? Save your spot soon; we only have 12 available.

What: Training Annex Construction
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Arrive: Friday evening/ afternoon, November 4
Work: Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6
Depart: Monday, November 7
Why: Take this opportunity to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation and play a critical role in our expanding training program.

Keep in mind that South Dakota weather is unpredictable in November. This trip is for volunteers who enjoy a little adventure!

Lodging:

  • Volunteers are invited to sleep in the existing co-ed dormitories at the RCREC. There is one semi-reliable indoor plumbing facility, but you should plan on some rustic conditions.
  • Volunteers are also welcome to bring camping equipment and camp on the RCREC campus, but be prepared for potentially COLD weather!

Transportation:

  • You will be responsible for your own transport to/ from the RCREC.
  • For those of you traveling from Fort Collins, CO on Friday and returning on Monday, I will be happy to facilitate carpools.
  • Henry does live down a dirt road. Many sedans have traveled it.

Food:

  • TWP will provide food for the trip, and volunteers will cook as a group for each meal. The food we provide will be all be vegan (no animal products of any kind). Plan accordingly if you require any other diet.

Our volunteer capacity is limited to 12 people. Please email me as soon as possible to reserve your spot, and be sure to keep me updated if your availability changes so that other people can have the opportunity to volunteer.

To Reserve Your Spot:
Please email Lacey Gaechter (lacey@treeswaterpeople.org) with the following information:

  • Let me know when you plan to arrive/ depart
  • Where you’ll be coming from
  • If you’d like a ride or to offer a ride from Fort Collins
  • Will you sleep in our dormitory or bring your own camping equipment?
  • Any other questions that you have?

We hope you can make it!

Work Tour Visits Honduras Projects, Helps Build Cookstoves and Plant Trees

Honduras Work Tour 2011: From 9-74 years old!

The 2011 Work Tour just returned from an exciting trip to Honduras, where the group of 18 had a 10-day adventure of volunteer work and sightseeing. Claudia Menendez, our fearless International Program Coordinator, guided the group (ranging in ages from 9 to 74 years old), giving each participant an insider’s perspective on our clean cookstove and reforestation projects.

The Work Tour traveled to the communities of El Empedrado, Quiscamote, El Escarbadero, and Monte Redondo to complete volunteer projects. In just 10 days, the group planted over 300 trees and built 12 clean cookstoves.  This experience gave each person the opportunity to learn more about TWP’s community-based development approach while learning about the cultural context of Honduras.

We are so glad this wonderful group of people could come together with us and make the trip to Central America. We thank each and every person for bringing positive energy and hard work to the tour.

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