Voluntourism At Its Best: Help The Candler Oak Tree

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The Candler Oak, photo by James Allen

I always enjoy working with the Savannah Preservation Festival and the Historic Savannah Foundation because they champion a cause that’s very much a part of who I am-preservation.  And, Savannah is always a wonderful place to visit for those who believe in preserving landmarks.  It’s voluntourism at its best!

The Savannah Tree Foundation invites you to help the Candler Oak Tree.  The Candler Oak Tree is protected by a conservation easement which allows the Savannah Tree Foundation to take care of this magnificent and historic tree. You can help the Savannah Tree Foundation with its stewardship of the Candler Oak Tree by doing any of the following:

Learn about Live oaks at the All Things Live Oak conference on May 17th from 9am to 4pm at the Coastal Georgia Center. More information here.

Thursday, May 17th at 5:30 pm, Savannah Tree Foundation will hold A Toast to the Oak, an evening to celebrate the Candler Oak Tree. Purchase tickets (which includes 1 year of membership) here:http://savannahtreetoasttheoak.eventbrite.com/

June 6th, Wednesday, Public meeting held by Chatham County to discuss plans for improving Johnny Mercer Blvd on Wilmington Island. Attend and speak up for the trees.

Preserving the best of Savannah includes the preservation of our beautiful canopy trees.  I hope to see you there!

Voluntourism At Its Best: Preservation Work Day

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Volunteer in Savannah/busybeevacations.comI had such an incredible time at the Launch Party for the Savannah Preservation Festival and there’s lots more to celebrate in May!

On Saturday, May 5, come join me at 8 a.m. for the Preservation Work Day.  Volunteers from our community and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will be painting the exterior of the W. W. Law House.  This “Places in Peril” structure is located at 710 West Victory Drive and you can help.  Volunteers are invited to assist the Historic Savannah Foundation as we prepare and paint the facade of this historic property.  We’re meeting at 802 West 42nd Street at 8 a.m. before we go over to the project house, so call the Historic Savannah Foundation to register and participate.

This house was the home of W. W. Law, a Savannah Civil Rights Activist and preservationist.  He originally purchased the home in the 1950’s for his mother and he later died there in residence in 2002.  The Historic Savannah Foundation and the W. W. Law Foundation saved the property from collapse just last year.  It’s an important historical site since it housed Mr. Law’s collection of documents, books, newspapers and artwork documenting the history of the civil rights movement.

The foundation will also present its historic marker that will identify the structure as “Home of W.W. Law, civil rights leader and preservationist, circa 1936”.   The house is part of the Cuyler-Brownville Historic District and was named in October to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Places in Peril list.

I hope to see you bright and early tomorrow morning!  This is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer and to make a difference in Savannah.  I just want to put this Bee in your britches and invite you to help us celebrate the Savannah Preservation Festival!

That’s So Savannah: Get Revved Up For Voluntourism

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Get Revved Up For Autism this weekend!

Everyone loves how beautiful Savannah is, especially in the Spring.  You’ll also be happy to know another reason Savannah is such a wonderful place is because of our people and our willingness to support our communities.

A really fun way to get out and enjoy the weekend and support a great cause is to Get Revved Up For Autism, sponsored by the Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc.   Kicklighter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.  Their programs and services are focused on the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome and other development disabilities.

This Saturday, March 31, come out from 7 a.m.-11 a.m.  and shop Kicklighter’s monthly Thrift Sale.  It’s an indoor shop that features clothing for men, women and children.  They’ll also have lots of kitchen items, shoes, toys, electronics and much more!  It’ll be a junking bonanza and it’s for a great cause!

Also this Saturday, be sure to enjoy the Get Revved Up For Autism Car, Truck & Bike Show.  The show will feature Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Choppers, Trucks and Street Bikes.  It’ll be a fun day to get up close to the cars and support autism awareness! There will be DJ service from NoteBusters, a Bounce House and Velcro Wall from Family Affair Amusements, food and an all day raffle! Admission is free!

These are special events for this weekend, but you can help support the center any time by volunteering your time and/or donating goods.  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the center during normal business hours to complete a volunteer application.  Volunteers are needed for advocacy, community education, administrative and clerical work, public relations and special events.  The center is also happy to accept donations of gently used toys, school supplies, crafts and playground equipment.

Whether you choose to support these events or volunteer for future programs, you’ll love meeting the children and the adults at the center and you’ll be supporting a great cause.  For this and other great ways to enjoy my Savannah, be sure to follow my blog and share it with your friends.  You’ll be abuzz with all the fun ways you can make a difference, too!