Editor’s Note: We’re so excited to have you join us during our first Weddingbee Weekend of Action! See the details below, and be sure to email us if you’re interested in participating!
SAVE THE DATE!
The First Ever Hive-Wide Weddingbee Weekend of Action
Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012
For the first time ever, we are organizing a Weddingbee Weekend of Action—an opportunity for hive members all over the world to come together through community service projects. Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, there will be projects going on in many cities, and everyone is invited to take part as we give back locally as a global community. Right now, there are projects being organized in the following cities, with the corresponding organizers:
If your city is not yet listed and you would like to organize a project in your area, please email your Weddingbee name, real name, email address, and city/state to hermitcrab@weddingbee or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1, 2012.
After May 1, we will release more specific information about the projects in each city and begin taking signups for participation for each project. Save the date!
This idea came out of an experience in April 2011. Many of the blogger bees came together in New Orleans for a weekend of wining, dining, and just general hanging out:
Many of the ladies in attendance for the weekend, out for the evening
In addition to the normal New Orleans experience—the French Quarter, beignets at Cafe Du Monde, live music, lots of sunshine, a food tour, and so much more—we decided to spend a bit of time each day committed to giving back to the community. We spent a few hours helping out at the Lower Ninth Ward Village, a unique community center designed to help bring families and children back to the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina and subsequent natural disasters, started by a man with a vision for community and a commitment to his neighborhood.
We helped to clear a space out that will be used as an exercise room for the after-school youth.
All of the stuff that we moved out of the area to clear it, and Pengy doing a little happy dance
The visionary, founder, and owner of the Lower Ninth Ward Village, Mack McClendon, showing us the map mural that was created to illustrate the reach of the communities that have lent a hand to the NOLA relief effort in the past five years, indicating the movement of the Lower Ninth Ward community—those that have moved back, and those that have not yet been able to
One of our Bee volunteer groups, posing after a morning of community service:
Mrs. Pencils, Mrs. Penguin, Mrs. Frozen Yogurt, Mrs. Hermit Crab, Mack, Mrs. Pin Cushion, Mrs. Guinea Pig, Mrs. Magic
Hard at work on the second day to leave our mark
The second-day Bee volunteer group, with the banner that we created and painted to leave our mark on the Village:
Mr. and Mrs. Lioness, Mr. and Mrs. Cola, Mrs. Yorkie, Mack, Mrs. Mouse, Mrs. Hermit Crab
We hope to continue the tradition of community service by engaging the Weddingbee community around the world for one great weekend of action!