Get Happy, Volunteer

Did you know that volunteering can make you happier faster and easier than material wealth?

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers. Adapted with permission from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications.

Of course Master Recyclers already knew this. You have all volunteered an amazing 8,000 hours! Keep those hours coming, and be happy!

Master Recycler Class Filling Up

Spread the word about Marion County's Master Recycling program! We now have 14 folks signed up to take the class and we need 15. 

The course, runs for five weeks and starts September 10 through October 8, 2015. If you know someone who is itching to take the class, please forward the application (pdf).

Please note, the registration deadline is now extended to August 23
 and time is flying by, so take the time today and tell family and friends how you've benefited from the program. We really appreciate your help and your commitment to conservation and community!

Repair Fair & Share

We are seeking skilled repairers and hobbyists to work on broken items during the Repair Fair & Share. Not a repairer? That’s ok. We need an equal number of greeters during this event. You can sign up to volunteer here:

Repair Fair & Share will bring together volunteers throughout the community for semi annual repair events. Embracing “repair rather than replace”, our goal is to provide community connections that not only provides repair service, but teaches troubleshooting and the repair process. We hope to inspire and enable people to continue repairing and sharing in their community. The community will benefit by making connections, learning skills, reducing waste, and saving money.

Master Recycler Pay Back Hours

Don't forget to report your pay back hours to Bailey so you too can receive your Master Recycler Certificate!
Report Your Hours

Just Eat It Film Screening

Mark your calendars and join us for this free community screening of Just Eat It in the Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library, Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm. Following the screening, Griselda Puga will present the Save the Food campaign, and let people know how they can be food heroes in their community. 

Calling all Master Recyclers...

Salem Eco-Schools Network

The Center for Earth Leadership's "Salem Eco-Schools Network" is a group of parents in the Salem area that meet periodically to share their ideas on how to help their children's schools reduce waste, recycle, save energy/water and overall help schools to be good stewards of the environment.  A Master Recycler is needed to help recruit more parents by gathering contact information for the various school PTA/PTO groups and promoting an upcoming fall training.  The volunteer would also promote the Oregon Green Schools program to these organizations.  Ideally, the Master Recycler could begin in early August, and spend time in August, September, and early October.  There is no set time commitment for this activity, but it will probably take somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 hours, possibly more depending on the volunteer's availability.  If you are interested, please contact Bailey 503-365-3191.

School Waste Audits in the Fall

It's hard to beleive that summer is coming to a close, and students will return to classrooms shortly. We'd love your help to conduct School Waste Audits. It's a fun, educational way to volunteer your payback hours. If you are interested, please contact Bailey 503-365-3191.

August Green Calendar

Now is a fabulous time to check the calendar for green event goodness. Email Jessica or giver her a call (503.365.3180) to add your event to the calendar. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well! 

Marion County Today

Griselda Puga and Jessica Ramey were interviewed on Marion County Today, a CCTV program. They discussed Save the Food, and County Commissioner and Master Recycler, Kevin Cameron shared his experience with the Master Recycling program. Watch the program on CCTV or via YouTube here


Green Gatherings Results 

We sent out a Green Gatherings survey to folks and many of you shared it with friends and replied. Thanks so much for participating! We are currently looking at results and coordinating a time to start planning. If you are interesting in planning monthly green events, please let Jessica  (503.365.3180) know and thanks for sharing your thoughts! 
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