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April 2013
Volunteer Newsletter
Current and upcoming events for local SCI supporters


You’re Invited: Tour of Self-Sustaining Farm, Grass Valley Saturday April 27, noon to 4 pm

Dr. Stephen Saffold, environmental activist, SCI supporter, and retired Sacramento dentist, enthusiastically invites all regional SCI supporters to tour his self-sustaining farm in Grass Valley, CA.  His innovations include solar power, grass-fed cattle, an organic orchard, and the only electric tractor in Northern California.  Families are welcome. As a thank-you for your support, lunch will be provided by SCI.  Call SCI (916) 455-4499 by Wednesday, April 24 to RSVP for lunch and for directions to the farm.  Let the office know if you’d like to carpool.

Save the Date:  Shine On! 2013 Wednesday, August 14, 5:30 - 8 pm

SCI’s Volunteer Needs

Cheerful Welcome

Seeking 2 greeters for the Friday, April 19 major donor event in Sacramento.  Task? Direct people to the event room.  Reward?  You will be liberally supplied with the tasty treats volunteer Cathy Vollmer has created for this event!  Call the SCI office to volunteer (916) 455-4499 or email

If You Like People, This is the Job For You!

We desperately need a friendly soul to match our trainers and demonstrators with community events clamoring for solar cooker knowledge!  Approximately 2 hours/week April - September, can be done from home.  You only need a friendly voice, a phone, and email!  Call the SCI office to volunteer (916) 455-4499 or email

Bookkeeper Needed

Thanks to Neema Ved, who provided us with our bookkeeping needs during February and March.  Do you know QuickBooks?  Can you volunteer  1-3 hours/week to process invoices and payments?  Call the SCI office to volunteer (916) 455-4499 or email


Trainers and Demonstrators:  Update

Community events are an important opportunity to demonstrate the elegant simplicity of solar cooking. SCI volunteers are scheduled to teach others about solar cooking in Foster City, Colorado, and Washington DC.  We received more than ten requests for Sacramento events in April alone. We have a loyal core of volunteers who are already overbooked--we need your help! We prefer to have multiple demonstrators at a single event because first, it’s more effective, and second, it’s more fun!  Demo kits and supplies will be provided by SCI.  Ask a friend to join you! 

Unfilled requests for solar cooking demos—can you help?

·         Elk Grove Greener Gardens Festival, Miwok Park, April 13 from 10-4

·         Foster City, Earth Day (VISA), April 18 from 11-4 (Doran is the only volunteer so far)

·         Downtown Sacramento, Earth Day Celebration, April 18 from 9-2 (Richard, Greta, and Maddy are current volunteers—need one more for all or a portion of the day)

·         Earth Day Festivities at Sierra College, April 24 & 25, from 10-3 both days (Doran is the only volunteer so far)

·         Boonville, CA—Friday, June 21 “Soak Up the Solstice”, Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Call the SCI office to volunteer (916) 455-4499 or email

Thanks to our March volunteers...

To Kirstie for keeping things running while Julie was at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Forum in Phnom Penh, Evan for help with various projects, Vicki for submitting a grant, Adam for researching solar smelters, Maddy for researching model field surveys, Cathy for planning our major donor event, Michaela for general office tasks, Neema for paying our bills, Don for folding CooKits, Shine On! 2013 committee members for planning, Gary for chairing Shine On! 2013, Richard for playing packrat in the storage room, Charley for helping with IT needs…volunteers are truly the heartbeat of SCI!  To join our great team, email  No matter how much or how little time you have, SCI will have a task that’s interesting for you.


SCI Volunteers are the first to know…

On April 3, SCI spoke with a representative from UNHCR regarding a potential future refugee camp solar cooker project.  Ask Julie for more details…

Did You Know?

Solar water heaters were popular in Florida in the mid-1900’s, until electricity rates fell due to plentiful, government-subsidized energy, which consumers were urged to use more and more.

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