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Hello EAC Community - Our Westtown EAC was recently formed and we are looking for ways to enable community involvement.  We have had requests from community members to serve as volunteers where needed, which is greatly appreciated.  However, we feel that it might make sense to have some guidelines and a bit of structure in place for volunteer involvement.  We'd love to hear some suggestions/best practices ideas from those who have done this successfully.  Thank you!

Volunteer as a Host Property for the National Solar Tour - Saturday, October 2 - Sunday, October 3, 2021

Any solar owner can be part of this terrific program to help educate our communities about going solar.

By signing up, you are inviting folks to stop by your property and learn about your solar panels - how long have you had them, what you like about them, how you chose your installer, etc.

For more details and to sign up go to
https://www.nationalsolartour.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-NST-How-To-Sign-Up-Solar-Site.pdf

Sept 15 is the deadline to sign up.

Questions? Or need more info? Contact our area coordinator: Joy Bergey, 215-313-1311, solarspringfield.org

Quote from Westtown EAC on July 5, 2021, 3:47 pm

Hello EAC Community - Our Westtown EAC was recently formed and we are looking for ways to enable community involvement.  We have had requests from community members to serve as volunteers where needed, which is greatly appreciated.  However, we feel that it might make sense to have some guidelines and a bit of structure in place for volunteer involvement.  We'd love to hear some suggestions/best practices ideas from those who have done this successfully.  Thank you!

Hi Westtown EAC! An easy way to get community members involved is to prescribe to a weekly 2-hour community service task such as pulling weeds. In Ambler, we have a Two on Thursdays. We have a growing list, we use text messages, of volunteers who are interested in supporting the community. On Wednesday we send out a text message of where we will be meeting on Thursday at 6pm. Such as at Ambler Borough Park to remove invasives in a wetlands area and plant some natives for example. Or, we may pull vines off of trees, or clean up a rain garden that needs weeding. It is always on Thursdays (cancelled for rain) from 6-8 pm. We typically meet at the prescribed location and bring a few tools to share. Volunteers bring gloves and tools if they have them. We work for 1.5 hours and then the leader brings cold beverages and we sit, enjoy a cool brew and shoot the breeze for the last 30 minutes. The key is to keep it simple and consistent. When we started only 2 of us were showing up. Over the summer we acquired a few more volunteers. Not everyone comes out every time but they come when they can.