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NJ BLP Weekly August 10th - 14th, 2009

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NJBLP Bonner Weekly
August 10-14th, 2009 
See "Past Weeklies" for August 3-7th Weekly


Administrative Announcements

VERY IMPORTANT: End of the Program Year for NJBLP AmeriCorps!!

The end of the NJBLP AmeriCorps Program Year is August 31st.  This means that all 2008-2009 NJBLP Stipended AmeriCorps members MUST COMMUNICATE with the Foundation if they are not on track to finish their hours by August 31st. This is absolutely imperative, members only have ONE year to complete their hours and after August 31st, they will no longer receive their stipend checks.  Please contact Becky at rgrinstead@bonner.org ASAP if you have questions about this.


July Time Sheets Exits

July AmeriCorps Time Sheets are due to the Foundation at this time.


Upcoming Events and Program Calendar

SAVE THE DATE: The next NJBLP Full-Time and Part Time Member Training session will most likely be on Wednesday August 26th.


Farmer's Against Hunger, Isle's, and Grow-A-Row present "People Feeding People" 


The 2009-2010 NJBLP Program Calendar is Here! 

Please check out the 2009-2010 NJBLP Program Calendar for important required and optional NJ AmeriCorps Program Dates for this Fall and Spring by clicking here: NJBLP Program Calendar 09-10.

Important things to note about this year: There is no NJBLP Launch, instead we are holding a NJBLP Summit on the weekend of October 30th and 31st.  Also, please see announcement above for NJBLP Full-Time and Part-Time Member Training Calendar.


Pick Two Members to be a Part of the NJ BLP Summit Planning Committee

The NJ BLP Summit is on October 30th and 31st at the New Jersey School of 

Conservation (a state forest!) in Branchville, NJ.


This year, in place of the NJBLP Launch, we are hosting the NJBLP Summit, a two day conference (with overnight accommodations) of 

workshops and training sessions around issues facing New Jersey and how Bonners are addressing these issues through service.  Please select one or two of your AmeriCorps members to be a part of the NJBLP Summit Planning Committee members and send their names and contact information to Becky at rgrinstead@bonner.org.  The first Planning Committee Meeting will on August 28th, 2009.


August 11th Reception for Art Space at HomeFront


For HomeFront’s ArtSpace.

Date: August 11th

Time: 7pm

Location: Triumph Brewery

138 Nassau St

Princeton, NJ 08534 

The Art Space at HomeFront

This innovative art program at HomeFront draws on creativity, while promoting socialization, creative-confindence and self-expression of women who are often the “forgotten” members of society. By encouraging our women to tap into their creativity, we can help them open new doors to new ways of thinking, living, and exploring. The results often amaze the aspiring artists themselves – revealing the full voice of their ability to express themselves. The Pinnacle of art is the art completely captivating someone else’s attention. That is the joy and art of art!  

Training and Enrichment Opportunities 

13th Annual Community Food Security Coalition Conference


Dates:  October 10-13, 2009

Place: Polk County Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa

The Community Food Security Coalition is a non-profit, North American organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based. 

The Community Food Security Coalition’s annual conference is the nation’s primary food systems networking and educational event. More than 700 participants will gather in Des Moines for four days of presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, local foods, and a variety of field trips around the state.  For more information check out:  http://www.communityfoodconference.org.


If you are interested in sending an NJ AmeriCorps Full-Time members to this conference.  Please email cfoell@bonner.org right away. 


CPR and First Aid Certification

If you are interested in having your members attend an American Redcross CPR/First Aid Certification class this summer, please email Becky at rgrinstead@bonner.org.  Details below:


Dear Americorps Members,


The International Institute of New Jersey, located in Jersey City, would

like to host a training by the American Red Cross to have

all participants receive a certificate in CPR and First Aid. The cost of

the training would be $60.00 and it would take a total of

6 hours, possibly divided up into a 3 hour two-day training. If you are

interested in attending this training at IINJ and become

CPR and First Aid certified, please respond to this email and let us

know of your interest so we can then inform the American Red

Cross of how many participants we can anticipate. Further details will

then be given shortly.

For more details, please visit: http://www.redcrossnnj.org


Volunteer Opportunities


Job and Internship Opportunities

Job Opening at the Bonner Foundation: Program Associate for National Bonner Americorps

The Bonner Foundation and The College of New Jersey are pleased to announce a job opening that is ideal for a Bonner graduate. The Program Associate position is a two-year fellowship based at the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. The Program Associate is responsible for campus support and AmeriCorps management working closely with Ariane Hoy and Christen Foell.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to jobs@bonner.org.


New Jersey AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Recovery Corps is Looking for Applicants

There are three positions left in the NJ AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Recovery Corps:


1 Full-Time Position at Habitat for Humanity

1 Full-Time Position at HomeFront


For more information contact rgrinstead@bonner.org or submit resumes to njamericorps@bonner.org.


AmeriCorps Alumni Sought for Prestigious Eli Segal Fellowship  

Washington, DC—The Corporation for National and=2 0Community Service is seeking applications from former AmeriCorps members who are interested in serving as the 2009-2010 Eli Segal Fellow, a year-long leadership opportunity to help advance national service policy, operations, and strategy from the Office of the CEO at Corporation headquarters.


This prestigious fellowship was created in 2006 to honor the legacy of Eli Segal, who was a key architect of the 1993 national service legislation and served as the first CEO of the Corporation from 1993 to 1995. Segal died in February 2006.


The fellowship is open to AmeriCorps alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, drive, and commitment to national service, and who are committed to advancing the mission and goals of the Corporation. The duties of the selected fellow will include helping to advance the mission of national service and the strategic goals of the Corporation while working closely with the CEO on projects that benefit the national service field.


The 2009-2010 fellow will serve at moment of strong momentum for the Corporation and the larger service and volunteering movement.  President Obama has made service a ce ntral cause of the Presidency and has called on all Americans to make service a part of their daily lives.  The President’s strong focus has resulted in several early achievements, including record turnout on the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Recovery Act funding to support 13,000 new AmeriCorps members, passage of the landmark Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and the launch of the United We Serve initiative.


The fellowship offers the opportunity for career development and gaining a first-hand understanding of national service and the workings of a Federal agency. The fellowship will last for a term of not more than 13 months beginning in September 2009 and includes a $27,000 salary, plus benefits.


Eligible applicants for the fellowship include all AmeriCorps alums who served full-time in the past three years. Exceptions to the three-year limit may be made for candidates who have been in school full-time since serving in AmeriCorps, or who have been in military or other national service such as the Peace Corps. The Segal family will be represented in the selection process.


The deadline to apply for the Eli Segal Fellowship is July 31. For further information, application instructions, and frequently asked questions, please visit:www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/09_0713_eli_segal.htm. For questions, please email elisegalfellowship@cns.gov. Visit https://applicationmanager.gov/Login.aspx?VacancyID=263049 to apply online.


On July 23, 2009, there will be a conference call dedicated to answering questions about the fellowship from 4 PM to 5 PM Eastern Time.  Potential applicants should call the toll free number 888-769-9419 and enter passcode 9527552 to join.


The Corporatio n for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit NationalService.gov


Bonner Program Highlights! 

Learning to End Hunger Campaign 

This Fall a collaboration of Rutgers University, the New Jersey Higher Education Service Learning Consortium, and the New Jersey AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Program is launching the Learning to End Hunger Campaign.  Four Full-Time AmeriCorps members will be coordinating much of this effort, organizing Bonner schools and other New Jersey Higher Education Institutions around the following issues:


Farm to School/Community Gardens

Community Food Assessments

Food Stamp Outreach

Emergency Food Sustainability


For more information, contact rgrinstead@bonner.org


Past Weeklies

July 20th-24th, 2009

July 27th - 31st, 2009 

August 3rd-7th, 2009


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