Fall is in the Air, and SEEDS is on the Road

Even though it’s only October, the SEEDS leadership team is deep into our exciting planning process for our March break trips.  Here’s a sneak peak into all of the behind-the-scenes work that we are doing to prepare to welcome the SEEDS 2011-12 team!

We are Accepting Applications!  The SEEDS Project application is up and running!  To apply, simply click on the “Apply now” button on this web site’s home page and copy and paste the URL into your browser.  All UR students are welcome to apply- all you need is creativity, commitment to service, and a flexible attitude!  The application is the same for the Louisiana and West Virginia trip.  Each participant will be required to raise a minimum of $150 dollars to help pay for the cost of the trip, and food and transportation is included in that cost.  We don’t want finances to bar anyone from applying to SEEDS, so if money is a concern please send a confidential email to theseedsproject.info@gmail.com and we will be happy to work with you.  Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, November 1.

We are on the Road!  A few members of the leadership team (Bridget, Jerry, SJ, and Mike) are excitedly preparing to head out to West Virginia to plan for the Spring trip.  They are meeting with different organizations that we have found through Richmond students, Spider grads, and careful internet searching.  Bridget, Jerry, SJ, and Mike have been cooking and packing all week to get ready for three days of peace and music (just kidding- three days of camping and meeting with NGOs and community members).  By this time next week, we should have a better plan for the West Virginia spring trip.

We are Networking!  Asha and Mike, our New Orleans trip leaders, have been actively connecting with old friends and making new ones.  Because we have gone to New Orleans for a few years now, we have more connections and a more clear idea of our plans for the March trip, but are always excited to talk to different people when we go to Louisiana.

We are fundraising!  Lauren and Miki are money matters rockstars and have been hard at work budgeting and applying for different grants and projects.  Though SEEDS is able to do a TON with only a little money (the trip cost around $8500 total last year), Lauren and Miki are responsible for making sure that we have enough money to continue our work.  The whole leadership team has pitched in to help scour the internet for various grants and funding opportunities, and we are optimistic about fundraising this year.  One of Lauren’s biggest projects is working developing a research proposal to explore and understand the Houma Nation identity in terms of land, citizenship, and the global economy.

We are on Campus! Cheleah and Katherine have been planning information sessions and different awareness activities on campus for the next few weeks to gear up for the 2011 application and recruitment season.  Please keep an eye out for the next information session in Spiderbytes.

We are trying to get the word out!  We want to raise awareness on campus and off, so please feel free to send this website information to anyone who might be interested!  If you have any questions, please send them to theseedsproject.info@gmail.com.

From everyone at SEEDS, we hope that you have a wonderful fall break!

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