One block at a time.
Over the past twelve months, the crew of The Veterans Green Bus has been busy establishing a base of operations, working relationships with local non profits and veterans groups.
This time has been well spent. We created training and volunteer management programs for Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit for home deconstruction debris removal and community garden projects. We were invited and participate in the Veterans Day Parade and makers fair in Dearborn, MI and interviewed for several local and international video and print publications about The Veterans Green Bus and the work we are doing with Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit to manage over 10,000 volunteers and year to help rebuild Detroit.
January 2014 the Veterans Green Bus and Crew were hibernating in a house on the east side of Detroit with no central heat under 2 feet of snow.
February was spent applying for grants to support creating a base of operations for the Veterans Green Bus and crew housing in Detroit.
We designed our business plan to be a hybrid of community service and small business incubator using new and old training methods, communication, documentation, sustainable energy technologies.
Our goals are to improve the capacity of communities to survive and rebuild after made made or natural disasters.
We will achieve these goals by combining sustainable energy and fuel production solutions with FEMA and OSHA Construction and Debris removal training. Veterans will gain real world experience managing small business programs in an incubator format.
March: we received a $4,000 Challenge grant from The Home Depot Foundation to tool up our construction and basic tree falling and gardening equipment. We were ready to look for work and opportunities to partner with other organizations with similar missions.
March we worked with volunteers from various organizations in the city of the Detroit cleaning up storm damaged trees.
April: Established a working relationship with Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit to manage their volunteers and begin to rebuild a 9 unit apartment building into a Veterans Village Incubator and housing for The Veterans Green Bus Crew
Channel 10 Video - Neighborhood Blight Fighter's - Motor City Blight Busters
May: Establishing training and safety procedures for Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit staff and volunteers. (OSHA 10 & 30 Lead and Asbestos) Participated in the Memorial Day Parade:
Began removing damaged concrete and deconstructed the interior of Veterans Village.
September: The Veterans Green Bus wins 2 Blue Ribbons Maker Fair at The Ford Museum and organized a furniture donation to Our Home for Woman Veterans Shelters in Michigan made possible by Art Van and Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit.
Techshop - Detroit Drone Aerial Video.
October: Built a woodshed at The Veterans Village for drying salvaged lumber
Wrote business plans for the Veterans Village, Biodiesel solar power plants for the Urban Farm.
Old Redford Library Clean Up.
Community Garden Harvest and Mulching
Nov: Burn out clean up for a community member in Brighmoor.
December: Brightmoor Alliance Contract for a 6 block cleanup of dead or dangerous tree cutting and non structural debris removal was signed and work begin in January.
Look forward to another great year!