Morning Wood: Planting Trees with FUF1534608000000

Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This “green infrastructure” improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, raising property values and reducing polluted storm water runoff. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 50,000 trees, totaling 47% of the city's street tree canopy.

The Bridgemen will once again partake in planting trees, this time in the Mission district! FUF will supply tools and guidance. Please wear work clothes and bring water to stay hydrated. They will provide coffee and pastries in the morning, and the property owners will provide refreshments when the planting is done.

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 08/17/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Helping with "Help" (REAF/ALRP)1534693500000

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awareness about, AIDS services, hunger programs and programs for underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Help Is On The Way” is their annual fundraising concert and gala. One of this year’s fundraiser beneficiaries is AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), another San Francisco nonprofit that offers free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS.

Bridgemen have been recruited by ALRP to assist with the set-up of the event. Preparation will go in shifts, and we’ll take the first shift starting at 8:45 AM. We will help with load-in, silent auction set-up, and pre-party set-up. Some heavy lifting may be involved.

Please wear comfortable, casual clothes and wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 08/17/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

The Mighty Men of Maitri1535216400000

Opened in 1987, Maitri is the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California focusing on those dying of, or severely debilitated by, AIDS. With 15 beds, its skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers provide its residents compassionate residential hospice, respite and 24-hour nursing care, especially to those who might otherwise be without adequate resources. Maitri has been the final home for more than 900 people who lived with AIDS.

Maitri is one of the Bridgemen’s favorite community service partners and we have done several service events there. This time, we will be helping them with some general facility maintenance. Painting is often involved, so please dress accordingly. If there’s sufficient interest, we could all go to brunch together afterwards.

Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 08/24/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Peak Performance: Twin Peaks Clean-up1535821200000

San Francisco’s Twin Peaks are the second-highest peaks in the City after Mt Davidson, which the Bridgemen recently conquered on an urban hike. The northern peak hosts thousands of tourists daily, drawn to the sweeping vista of the skyline and the bay. With that tourist traffic comes LOTS of litter, which collects on the eastern slope. Sadly, the maintenance routine for this area doesn’t seem to be enough to effectively tackle the volume of litter, giving visitors a bad impression of our lovely city. Perfect circumstances for the Bridgemen!

The Bridgemen will be assisting SF Recreation and Parks Department to clean up this area, picking up trash so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the view litter-free. And while improving the area, we’ll be treated to one of the best views in the City!

Gloves and tools will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes (we’ll be working on a steep slope), sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Please wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE 5 PM, 08/31/18, so that I know to bring one for you.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked] or Point Man Russ Hartman by email at [masked] or by TEXT at[masked].

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