SDS to host budget workshop for student organizations

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Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal

first_img Previous articleSummer revivalNext articleRetiring instructor plans to advocate for CTE admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Big Brothers Big Sisters logo Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest Facebook Fruit Salad to Die ForTexas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay OC employee of the year always learning Previous CoverageBig Brothers Big Sisters WebsiteEfforts to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters back to Odessa are coming close to reality.Kay Crites, executive director of the nonprofit in Midland, said $20,000 more is needed to make it happen. The initial goal was $93,800.“We’ve come a long way, but we need it by July 15 so that we can be up and running by the fall semester with the school district,” Crites said.She added that this will give the agency time to line up volunteers and conduct background checks so when the schools are ready, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be ready, as well.Crites said she would like to have 15 to 20 volunteers to start. Volunteers have to undergo a vetting process that includes background checks and several other steps that generally take four to six weeks. They also have to undergo some training.Mentoring Specialist Susan Miller will run the Odessa office, which Crites said will be located in the nonprofit area of Connection Christian Church’s new building. Crites said mentoring specialists handle everything to do with Big Brothers Big Sisters.That includes talking to parents, enrolling children, talking to volunteers, organizing what’s needed for training, background checks and interviews and finding the best matches for each child and volunteer. The program also checks with everyone involved to make sure the match is successful and safety protocols are being followed, Crites said.This edition of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be set in the schools. Crites said it will be based at one of the elementary schools to start with.“Then we’ll expand as quickly as we can. We’re going to start small and let it grow. We will work with ECISD to identify which school would be the best,” Crites said.Those who wish to donate can call Crites at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office, (432) 687-0195, or they may donate online through the website, and go to the donate page, then “in honor of,” and put Odessa in the comment tab. That will take donors to PayPal and they can check out. Donations may also be mailed to the Midland office, 714 W. Louisiana, Midland, TX 79701. Donors should write Odessa in the memo line if they want their contribution to go there.Crites said her agency receives calls every month from parents in Odessa who want to enroll their child in the program.“We have to raise this money before the national office will give us permission to enroll children from Odessa,” Crites said.Dawn Weaks, co-pastor of Connection Christian Church, is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters.“I’m very hopeful that we can get it back in Odessa. It’s desperately needed. We’ve got a lot of kids out here growing up without a lot of sense of community support, so we need to get some care around them and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great way to do that,” Weaks said.She added that it’s not that parents aren’t trying hard, but with the economy the way it is, they’re “just working to keep a roof over their head” and there isn’t a lot of time to talk to their children about how things are going.Weaks said the new church building, at 4241 Tanglewood Lane, should be complete in late summer or early fall. Weaks said she was a big sister in college and the experience was eye-opening. She saw the economic challenges the girl faced and realized she could have an impact just by being present for another person.“It was meaningful to me, so when someone in my church who was on the board, Todd Richardson, told me about this project here I already had a heart for it,” Weaks said.Crites said a three-year business plan and three-year budget has to be submitted before the Odessa office can be approved. As soon as the funds are in place and approval obtained from the national office, they can start signing up volunteers.“It has been goal of national office and us to serve Odessa. We’re excited that we’re this close to making it happen,” Crites said. Twittercenter_img 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp Twitter Home Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal By admin – June 4, 2018 Pinterest Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal WhatsApplast_img read more

Primus, Tycho & More Come Together To Support Victims Of The Oakland Fire

first_imgOn Wednesday, December 14, 2016, a small portion of those affected by the devastating fire at the Oakland, CA artists’ collective known as The Ghost Ship, which took the lives of 36 people, gathered for an impromptu, collective mourning and celebration of the lives lost, those left and attempt to heal the numbing.Organized in only eight days, a slew of Oakland born and curated artists, writers and musicians took to the stage at the Fox Theatre, delivering their talents for anywhere from five to 25 minutes long, for almost four hours total.“I spent the whole day really pondering this thing,” said Les Claypool, founding member, bassist and visionary behind the event’s top-billing group, Primus. “There’s this heaviness and this darkness. I don’t think I’ve ever done a show that has been surrounded by so much pain.”Other performances included a DJ set from Beats Antique, Tycho, The Coup, Hieroglyphics, Thao Nguyen, the tUnE-yArDs, Kennedy Ashlynn of Them Are Us Too, Fantastic Negrito, Rogue Wave, Geographer and Dan Deacon, the only act on the stage that was not a native of the Oakland/ SF Bay Area.Of the dozen acts and performances on the stage, three were recently nominated for a Grammy Award: Tycho’s fifth album Epoch was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Fantastic Negrito’s Last Days Of Oakland was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Primus & The Chocolate Factory was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album.Ashlyn, who’s bandmate and significant other Cash Askew was claimed by the tragedy, gave the most haunting performance of the evening with Anya Taylor. The tribute to Askew, a quarter-tempo mammoth rendition of “The Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World, encapsulated the days since the fire with brilliant exhaustion as the chorus and ghastly woah-oh-ah-oh’s begged, “are you listening?”Deacon’s high energy performance offered an injection of positivity that the somber crowd desperately needed, going as far to turn the floor of the Fox into an impromptu dance-off, and concluded the set asking everyone to stretch their arms out, and grab a hand.“It doesn’t matter if somebody else is already holding that hand,” Deacon said. “We all need all of each other right now. Hold each other up, it’s not an exclusive need.”The entire evening played through like a festival in fast-forward. The acts were eclectic, there was barely any overlapping of genre or sound and the unified message of solidarity and togetherness was stronger than I’ve personally felt at any typical indoor gathering.In between acts, while the stagehands worked in overdrive to turn around the stage for the next artist, local figureheads in the underground community – architects of safe spaces and outlets for outcasts. This included the event organizers like Another Planet Entertainment, who runs shows at The Fox, The Greek, The Independent and several other staple music venues in the Bay Area, Noise Pop, and Paradigm Talent Agency as well as community organizers such as Josette Melchor, executive director and founder of the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.Gabe Meline of KQED gave a heavy, emotional reading of his December 4 article titled It Could Have Been Any Of Us. He, as well as nearly every speaker or performer that took the stage, recounted that sentiment and recalled their own introductions into these unsafe corners where society tends to shove the arts.“I feel strange typing these words, because I no longer live in communal artist spaces like this. But they stay with you. They shape us, make us more fearless, give us confidence, validate our dreams. We never forget what those spaces gave us, especially those of us who turned those dreams into a life, and re-fit ourselves back into a once ill-fitting world,” read Meline. “The people lost to the Oakland fire will never get that chance.”Outside of Dan Deacon’s engagement of the audience, the crowd on the floor and in the balcony was less than animated all evening. People were into the music, and some folks were drunk so it was a far cry from a room of statues. Everyone in the crowd was letting the music do what it has always done: transport your mind away from the limitations of perceived reality, from the world, from the pain.During the closing set, Claypool spoke to that reality from a perspective that doesn’t get tossed around in friendly family circles: as a parent, and called for more of these benefit shows to create a fund for updating the safety of music venues and out of code retreats.Donations are still being accepted, and more information can be found here.last_img read more