Let’s share our abundance with others!
If you are like me, the thoughts of giving tangible holidays gifts to others causes some discomfort. This year our family is trying something new and gifting local charities instead of ourselves. We will use this “Choose-A-Charity” graphic to coordinate our charitable donations. How? Easy! Here are the directions:
- Print and pass this poster around your family & friends
- Each person chooses a charity by penciling in their name below
- Return to the owner
- Instead of a Christmas gift, owner donates in your name
- Completed poster is hung in a special place for the season
You can work on it before the big day, during, or after. It makes for meaningful discussions with your family! Then hang the completed poster with your other holiday greeting cards or post it on the fridge for the rest of the season.You can even make copies of the completed poster and mail it to the family members for them to display. This poster is made to show local charities in Exeter, NH. Scroll way down for a blank customizable poster.
“We have so much and we don’t need more, instead let’s help to even the score.”
Dont forget page 2, so folks can understand the “Mission” of each charity!! (PS. customizable version at very bottom, keep scrolling down)
Would you like to customize the poster?
- Download this blank one below to your computer (by clicking on it and choosing SAVE IMAGE AS),
- then open the picture, “copy” it, then open a WORD doc and past it in,
- then add six text boxes over the gifts (using command”wrap= in front of”) and type in white font 11pt.
Or if that seems too complicated…. just print the picture then use a Sharpie to write on the gifts!
(Then also don’t forget to type your own “legend” for the backside!)
Nov. 15th noon to dusk, Exeter Town Hall steps, 10 Front Street, Exeter NH.
11/5/2016 Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II told ABC News: “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has always maintained the position that we’re about protecting our water. We’re about protecting our sacred places. We’re about protecting our sovereignty. We’re about protecting the future, our future generations, the children who are not yet born. We have always opposed this pipeline, not for any other reasons, those are our reasons,”
“We didn’t ask to be the highest poverty rate in the nation. … And we didn’t do that to ourselves. It’s all the wrongs that took place. We live with so many broken promises. Even if they just say, ‘We’re going to reroute this pipeline out of your territory,’ that’s huge for indigenous people. … We can reroute this and it’s a win that recognizes our rights, our lands…. There’s all these things that happened to tribes over time that were unjust, that were not right. And nobody stood up.”
People of Exeter, NH & beyond: WE STAND UP
Please join us at a peaceful demonstration as we stand up for:
- The Standing Rock Sioux and friends
- Climate justice for all
- Clean water for all
- A livable planet for our grandchildren
- Faster transition to Clean Energy
- Wind farm 25 miles off the NH coast*
*The federal Department of Energy determined the Gulf of Maine has a total potential wind power capacity in excess of 200,000 megawatts within 50 miles of the coasts of NH, ME and northern MA and utilizing just a small percentage of it, combined with other renewable resources, could provide most of the future power needs of these states. It’s up to the next NH governor to appoint a task force to move this along…
Stay for a minute or the whole afternoon! Bring a friend, bring a sign or use one of ours, support the Standing Rock’s petition to the Army Corps of Engineers.
(Full poster below:)
HOME HEAT: Free workshop at Exeter Library on Oct 12th, 2016. Summer’s over, the heat bills are about to ramp up. How far up they go can depend on how drafty your house is and other factors that you can easily fix (or pay someone to if you prefer). Please pass this flyer on to others who may want to save money and energy. Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors with us.
Last’s years workshop was very well attended and helped to reduce the overall carbon-footprint in Exeter. Yay!!
TESTIMONIAL FROM AN EXETER RESIDENT:
“At our home on High St, we have been saving money on heating bills since 2014. We attended a free Button Up workshop in 2014, filled out a questionnaire, and qualified for the program. Later we scheduled a home energy audit. A very nice man came to our house to do a blower test. He set up a big fan sealed onto our front door. He took measurements, and also went around with a thermal gun and could show us clearly where the leaks where. Surprising info! We then picked a bunch of his recommendations on sealing and extra insulation and had a company come in to fix these issues. We got a $3000 match from Unitil, and took the house from R19 to R65, now with very little leakage!! Our house is ‘buttoned up’.”
Winter is just around the corner, so the timing could not be better to find out how to get rid of air leaks and add more insulation before the snow comes. At Exeter Library on Oct 12, 2016 at 6pm is a free workshop co-sponsored by Unitil, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, NH Electric Co-op,…… Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and Exeter NH Transition Town. You may qualify for matching funds of up to $4000. Your turn to save money AND lower your carbon footprint…
“Taking a Stand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice”
A Free Lecture by Wen Stephenson, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Christ Church, Exeter
Exeter, NH – Independent journalist and climate activist Wen Stephenson will speak about his new book, What We’re fighting for Now is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice, at Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, Exeter on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7 PM. The event, sponsored by We the People in partnership with Exeter NH Transition Town, is free and open to the public.
Mr. Stephenson writes for the Nation and is a former editor at The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and PBS’s Frontline. He has written about climate, culture and politics for The Boston Phoenix, Grist, Slate, The New York Times and the Globe. In 2012 he helped launch the grassroots climate-action network “350 Massachusetts.”
What We’re Fighting for Now is Each Other tells the stories of what Stephenson calls the “new American radicals,” the courageous people who are spearheading the climate justice movement. He argues that the effort is less like environmentalism as we know it and more like the great human-rights and social-justice struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from abolitionism to civil rights. Mr. Stephenson has himself walked away from his career in mainstream media to join this transformative movement.
Attend two free events hosted by the Town of Exeter’s “Healthy Lawns | Clean Water” Initiative
Come learn techniques to keep lawns and watersheds safe at two free events this spring: a May 4th forum discussion, and a May 14th hands-on clinic.
“Healthy Lawns – Clean Water FORUM” features three expert speakers with a time for questions to follow. Also on-site will be vendor tables, so you may ask specific eco-friendly product questions from reps from Arjay’s Ace Hardware, Churchill’s Garden Center, and Dodge’s Agway. This event is in partnership with Great Bay-Piscatagua Waterkeeper. Doors open at 5:30 pm, snacks provided, program at 6pm. Wednesday, May 4th at 6-8:30pm at Exeter High School, 1 Bluehawk Drive.
“Healthy Lawns – Clean Water CLINIC” features Margaret Hagen of WMUR’s “Grow it Green”, experts from UNH’s Cooperative Extension, and the traveling NH DOT stormwater runoff exhibit. This outdoor session will give you practical knowledge and skills around soil testing and amendments, as well as grass cultivation best-practices. Registration is encouraged but not required. Free skills CD to first 25 people to register and participate. Contact Kristen Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-418-6452. Drawing for a free rain barrel. Saturday, May 14th at 10-11:45am at Swasey Parkway, Exeter. In the event of rain, the event will be held inside the Town Hall.
More info at www.ExeterHealthyLawnsCleanWater.com