project leader
Julienne V
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We will meet people where they are, tabling at community fairs and other places where people gather.
(Our project will span the entire borough, with a focus on the North Shore neighborhoods of Stapleton, St. George, Tompkinsville, and Port Richmond. Our intention is to prioritize historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities.)
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the project

Move Forward Staten Island is an issue-based, non-partisan organization. As the lead organizer of the Staten Island People’s Climate March in 2017 and a strong supporter of sustainability, Move Forward Staten Island’s 2019 neighborhood project focuses on resiliency in the face of climate change.

 

With your help we’ll meet people where they are. We’ll participate in various community-based events with a focus on lower-income and other historically disenfranchised communities who are disproportionately affected by environmental disasters and climate change. At these events, we will share information about being more “green” in everyday practices, as well as engage and educate community members in legislative advocacy around environmental justice. We want to empower communities who don’t typically have a seat at the table.  

 

As New York City moves to ban single-use plastics, we would like to utilize the funds raised to purchase reusable bags and environmentally-friendly reusable water bottles to give away to community members and local residents so going green doesn’t have to hurt their financial health. We’ll also provide community members educational materials and provide trainings on environmental advocacy and tenant rights as it relates to environmental toxins.

 

We’ll also  continue to spread awareness of the importance of sustainability and climate change with educational events, film screenings, community clean-ups, and community gardening.

the steps

Once funds are received, we plan to utilize the remainder of 2019 to launch our sustainability educational programming. As the summer season approaches, we will attend  various community events where we can table and share information on simple ways to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our plan is as follows:
 

Step 1: Assess upcoming community-based neighborhood events and register to  participate (i.e. PrideFest, Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks, health fairs, block parties, street festivals, etc.).
 

Step 2: Evaluate and procure branded materials made from renewable sources as giveaways.
 

Step 3: Create educational materials highlighting simple ways individuals can make a difference (we will also translate these materials into Spanish), as well as materials on legislative efforts related to environmental toxins and climate change. We also hope to work with experts to create and disseminate materials related to environmental toxins and tenant rights.
 

Step 4: Work with other Staten Island groups to plan educational seminars, film screenings, clean-ups and other community events.

why we're doing it

As a progressive organization with community at our core, Move Forward Staten Island has been and continues to prioritize civic engagement and educational opportunities for Staten Islanders. Environmental justice is one of our top priorities because we’ve seen the effects of climate change and toxic dumping firsthand. We know that we need bold action to keep our island safe and green for generations to come. It starts with individual changes and continues as we build to more systemic change in the Staten Island community.

budget

$2,500 - Estimated cost of sustainable giveaways

$500 - Space for educational events. As always, we do not charge for our events in order to welcome attendees who may not have the means to attend otherwise

$250 - Tabling fees at community events

$250 - Printing fees for educational materials (utilizing recycled paper)

$500 - Translation Costs for educational materials



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $4,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $219
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $132
TOTAL TO RAISE = $4,386

 

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donors

  • Minire P.
  • Sarah Lipuma
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Jillian F Rose
  • Natalie & Michael DeVito
  • Alyson Bardsley
  • Jaclyn T.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Christina LeNoble
  • Rosie Klein
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