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Community Update - November 13, 2020

Dear EarthWalk Community,

We hope this message finds you well during these challenging times and enjoying this slow transition to winter! It’s been a while since our last update, and we have important news to share about EarthWalk; a big Thank You to donors, introduction to a new staff member, plans for moving forward during the pandemic, and our goal to develop our Board of Directors.

As most of you know, due to Covid-19 EarthWalk has been in dormancy since March, with our small Board of Directors slowly and patiently working on plans for re-building EarthWalk. We could not be doing this without the amazing and generous support over the last 6 months from EarthWalk donors, families, and community partners, as well as the Bay and Paul Foundations’ funding of the Chrysalis Project (more on the project to follow) and organizational mentoring and advising from EarthWalk’s founder Angella Gibbons. Thank you!! 

Now, some exciting news: Yasi Zeichner, multi-talented and beloved EarthWalk Mentor and Teen Land Project/MIT Program Alum, has joined EarthWalk as Project Chrysalis Administrative Director! Project Chrysalis will guide EarthWalk towards rebuilding a decolonized, inclusive, cooperative leadership for EarthWalk’s future, and Yasi will be an important hub of communication as well as planning and being a mentor for possible EarthWalk programming in the future. Please feel free to drop Yasi a line to say hello and welcome her at: yasi@earthwalkvermont.org

Thank you to all who participated in our survey for potential fall programming! Though we gratefully received overwhelming interest, due to Covid-19 logistical and staffing constraints we were not able to open programs over the fall. We are exploring the possibility of offering program opportunities in the winter or spring if Covid cases in VT return to a safe baseline. We would of course have CDC-guided safety protocols in place for Covid-19, to keep us safe out on the land!

In the meantime, we want to share that EarthWalk Alum and former apprentice Mia Rubow is offering an outdoor program, “Thickets,” for ages 5-7 at Hubbard Park in Montpelier. Mia is a caring and experienced mentor as well as a licensed daycare provider. Contact Mia for more information: miarubow@gmail.com.

For EarthWalk’s Project Chrysalis, we plan to expand our small Board of Directors. This is an exciting opportunity to add 5-6 new members. EarthWalk needs board members with some experience in the following: organizational development; finance and fundraising; collaborative governance; non-profit leadership; decolonization and social justice work; and of course alignment with EarthWalk’s mission: to inspire and empower children, families and communities to reconnect and care for one another and the Earth.

We're seeking to bring on new board members for a 7-month term, with the opportunity to re-apply for a full two-year term. These board members will play a pivotal role in organizational leadership during Project Chrysalis: a collaborative strategy for rebuilding EarthWalk and centering decolonization with a commitment to a more cooperative leadership structure. We can offer some needs-based stipends to board members, prioritizing BIPOC, people with disabilities, and those with low-income. If you’re interested in becoming a board member, you can apply here. And if you know someone who might be a great fit, please help us spread the word!

We will keep you posted as we move forward during these peculiar times! As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. We thank you immensely for your patience as our small board and staff work to keep the embers burning and plan a long a vibrant future for EarthWalk! May the warm thoughts of our community and deep gratitude for all we share bring you as much comfort and light as they do us.

In gratitude for all of you,
EarthWalk’s Board of Directors & mighty staff of one,

Sasha McGarvey, Matt Lewis, Ethan Rubin, Adin Buchanan, Yasi Zeichner 

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