5th Bridge Executive Director Candy Taylor stopped by my morning corner office at GBM last week.
She was promoting their effort to get proposals from the community for a "large-scale volunteer event."
How large? Big, like the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack they’ve done in the past.
Here’s their RFP criteria:
- engage between 250 and 2,000 local volunteers from 6 to 90 years of age;
- design an event that would directly involve the Northfield community;
- ensure that the event could be completed in one week or less;
- incorporate an educational element and training session to increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction;
- partnering organizations [should] sketch out a fundraising plan that would outline how funds for the project could be raised.
See their page/press release on the plan for more info.
The last time I used that phrase in a blog post title, things didn’t turn out so well.
Yesterday afternoon, local business owners, St. Olaf students, and miscellaneous other volunteers filled hundreds of sandbags on downtown’s west side behind Larson’s Printing.
Candy Taylor, Executive Director of 5th Bridge, was the volunteer coordinator. See the 5th Bridge flood volunteer page and the Northfield.org flood volunteer information page for more info.
See the album of
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5th Bridge Executive Director Candy Taylor and her husband Cliff created this volunteer thank-you display in the lobby of the Northfield Middle School, honoring this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival volunteers. It reads:
5th Bridge salutes the hundreds of people who have made this production possible… directors, choreographers, set designers, set builders, hair dressers, costume sewers, costume helpers, program designers, local business sponsors, concession volunteers, ushers, ticket agents, sound and lighting crew members, band members, cast members, refreshment volunteers, parent and community volunteers, and many, many more! Amazing things happen when people share their gifts and talents. Visit www.5thbridge.org to learn about local service opportunities.
I met two of the volunteers last night: Margaret Colangelo and John Colangelo, who were staffing the concessions table. Margaret works at Carleton and in her copious amount of free time, maintains two blogs: 1) Happy to be from Iowa even though I live in Minnesota; and 2) Endurance Diva – thrive while you survive. John has his own construction services company, Foggia Incorporated.