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NJBLP Weekly Oct 26th- Oct 30th, 2009

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NJBLP Bonner Weekly
October 26th- October 30th, 2009
See "Past Weeklies" for October 19th-October 23rd Weekly

Administrative Announcements

Hold Harmless Agreements for NJ Summit


Dear Colleagues,


As you know, Montclair State's School of Conversation has offered us the use of their facility at a reduced cost for the NJ Summit at the end of the month.  The cost of the facility, meals, etc. will be paid for by funds from the Bonner Foundation and The College of New Jersey.  However, our legal counsel has advised us that each participating school needs to sign a Facility Use Contract with the School of Conservation.  In addition to basic facilities use information, the agreement includes hold harmless language, a liability insurance clause and a request that the School of Conservation be named as additionally insured.  Becky and I can work with your institution's risk management staff to process this agreement if that would be helpful for you.  I am in the process of securing copies of the individual campus agreements and will send them to you as soon as they are available.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email me.  If you'd like us to help facilitate the process with your risk management folks, please respond and tell me who to contact.  Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.





Submit your Social Media Links


We are compiling a hub of all of the current NJ Bonner Social Media that is currently being used by our campuses.  Please take a moment and compose an email to our NJ BLP Intern, Austin Almaguer at austin@bonner.org with the following information:


Links to all Wiki websites your program updates regularly

Links to all Ning websites your program uses

Links to any photo-sharing websites you have created for your school/program

Links to any youtube channels your school posts videos to

Links to Facebook groups your school uses/updates

Twitter names that your program has created

Any other social media websites your Bonner Leader Program uses...


Also please include in the email to Austin the names and emails of any students you have who are great at social media/are in charge of social media at your school.






Upcoming Events and Program Calendar 

November 11th: Sally Miller Book Tour

Isles, along with Labyrinth Books, The Community-Based Learning Initiative at Princeton University, The Princeton-Trenton Crisis Ministry, and The Whole Earth Center join in inviting you for a talk and discussion on food activism with Sally Miller, author of Edible Action: Food Activism and Alternative Economics.


When: Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Labyrinth Books in Princeton (122 Nassau Street)


Hunger is up, obesity is up, food-borne illness is up, farms are lost to debt and despair; the food system fails growing numbers of people across the world every day.  Yet if we adjust our lens, we see ubiquitous commitments to change: food movements and enterprises dedicated to making the world a better place to eat and to live.  Food initiatives - from farmers' markets to fair trade coffee - offer a pattern of powerful alternatives to conventional food economics, which benefit only a handful of people and corporations.  Edible Action argues that food is peculiarly situated to mobilize people against the ills of an unjust economic system.


Sally Miller has worked for almost twenty years in the alternative food, agriculture and co-op sectors, as a manager, consultant, organizer and researcher.  She has degrees in anthropology and environmental studies.  She taught anthropology, writing, and environmental sociology and designed and implemented curriculum, workshops, and materials for non-profits and co-ops in the U.S. and in Canada.  She recently helped to found the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op, a co-op to natural and sustainable building and energy use.


Isles and Labrynth Books hope you will be able to join! 


November 14th: NJ Farm to School Barn Dance!



Save The Date: AmeriCorps Week Is Coming (May 8-15, 2010)

The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week is taking place May 8-15, 2010. Whether you're an AmeriCorps member, program, state commission, alumni, sponsor, or friend, you can help shine a spotlight on the great work being done by AmeriCorps members across the country. For more info check out the online flyer at:  http://www.americorps.gov/emails/09_1027.htm




Training and Enrichment Opportunities 

AmeriCorps 101 Orientation Project

The CNCS AmeriCorps is looking for some experienced AmeriCorps members who can serve as models/actors/spokespeople in some video clips the program wants to create.  The clips would center on any events where CNCS AmeriCorps Videos can gather a few members together to talk about their experiences.  The program is looking for people who would be good spokespersons for their projects and AmeriCorps who can speak about:


-How they speak about and represent their project and AmeriCorps

-Their rolls and accomplishments

-What they have learned from their AmeriCorps experience


If you think there is a time that would work for CNCS AmeriCorps Videos to send a videographer to this event, please contact Sharon Rabb,rabb@campaignconsultation.com, and she will provide more details about the content of the planned video.  


Nov. 17th: NJ Human Relations Council Leadership Conference

The NJ Human Relations Council is holding their 14th Annual Leadership Conference entitled "Shaping the Future as Agents of Change" on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.
The conference will be held at the Hughes Justice Complex located at 25 Market Street, 4th floor conference room in Trenton, New Jersey.  
In addition, we are taking nominations for the NJHRC Unity Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in community relations to be presented at this conference.
To register and for more information on the upcoming conference:
Please refer to the NJ Human Relations Council website http://www.njhrc.org/.  You can find the registration information (and award info) on the bottom right hand side under highlights.
*Spaces are limited so register early. 
**Please provide a valid email address for confirmation of registration for the course.   Due to limited space, you must receive a confirmation email in order to attend the course. Confirmation email will contain directions, parking and security information. 
To nominate someone for the NJHRC Unity Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in community relations please go to:
If you are having any problems with the website - please call the main line @ 609 - 292-9021 and ask for assistance with registering or nominations for the conference.


Volunteer Opportunities 

Homefront's Thanksgiving Basket Drive 


Homeless Person's Memorial Day

Date: December 21, 2009

Agency: The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

Description:  Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter, which is the longest night of the year, many communities have held a Homeless Person's Memorial Day. In New Jersey, two communities have honored the homeless with memorial events: Camden and Atlantic City.


In an effort to maximize the impact of the day, the Advocacy Network to End Homelessness is encouraging local organizations involved in ending homelessness including Continuums of Care and non-profit service and housing providers, the faith community and other statewide organizations to hold memorials for those who have died homeless in their communities.


The Advocacy Network, encourages you to not only support the statewide efforts but also become involved in organizing local events in your community.


Event Links:

To read the full post on Homeless Person’s Memorial Day go to this web address:



For a flyer for the event go to this web address:



For a copy of the organizing manual go to this web address:



for more information on how to become involved visit http://www.njaneh.org/memorial-day/ or contact Richard Brown at rbrown@njaneh.org or 908-272-5363 ext. 225


Attention AmeriCorps Alumni

AmeriCorps Alums has just launched three advanced project teams and are looking for volunteers to help out alums across the country.  The focus of the teams areCommunication/MarketingTechnology and Signature Service Events. Each project team will actively work to connect and support alums and help AmeriCorps execute the new strategic plan. Be the first to get the scoop and sign up here.


Also, AmeriCorps has recently begun a partnership with  The Extraordinaries, who provide what they call 'micro-volunteering' opportunities through their iPhone App, Be Extra.  Well, now they have a way for you to take action from your personal computer and AmeriCorps Alums is a featured partner! Check it out here: www.beextra.org.  (It was also featured in the TIME volunteering special here).


Job, Internship, and Funding Opportunities


State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants (Deadline: November 9)

Youth Service America is currently accepting applications for State Farm® Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to support service-learning projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010. School and community educators across the United States and Canada (select provinces) can apply for up to $1,000 in funding for youth-led projects. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful community service with academic study and reflective practice to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities. State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning grant applicants are encouraged to develop projects that launch on Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 18, 2010, and culminate on the weekend of GYSD, April 23-25, 2010. For the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant application, please visit,www.YSA.org/awards


Check out Grant Opportunities Here! 

Click here to find out more about Grant and Funding Opportunities.


Check out Newsletters from our Community Partners!

Elijah's Promise


Mercer Alliance





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