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The March Update

Monthly Update 

Mar 20, 2024

Welcome to March, friends of Easy Does It.

The weather is just getting better, so we’re getting closer to another summer filled with community events and outreach activities. We’re all quite excited to get back out into the sun and to connect new potential clients with our safety net services in order to help them to live independently in their own home. Among the topics this month: EDI is looking for volunteers for our Board of Directors; we have a wheelchair repair workshop next week at the Downtown Berkeley Library, and we’re preparing for our first online Community Meeting of the year. We also have a wealth of resources to share from our friends at Soul Space, The CIL, and WBFWC. 

Seeking Board Members

Easy Does It's Team meeting at the ERC. Infographic Reading, Seeking Volunteers for our Board of Directors. Help shape the future of EDI. Apply Online.

EDI is currently seeking volunteers for our Board of Directors. Although an unpaid position, the Board serves a vital role in overseeing the continued operation of our Agency. They hold our management and staff team accountable while also determining the future of our work for the disability community. If you want to become a member of the Board of Directors, you can apply on our website. Thank you for considering taking part in this vital aspect of our Agency.

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March 26th, Wheelchair and Scooter Repair Workshop at the Library

Levan poses for a photo while repairing a power chair. Infographic Reading, Mar 26, Berkeley Library Repair Workshop, 11 am - 1 pm, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley

We are very excited to host a Wheelchair Repair Workshop at the Downtown Berkeley Library next week. Our repair team will be there from 11 am – 1 pm to offer community members complimentary tune-ups on their electric wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive tech. We’ll also be there with all our usual EDI Outreach Materials, so be sure to stop by for free repair of your mobility equipment or at least some free merch. We look forward to seeing you then.

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Our First Community Meeting of 2024

Infographic Reading, Apr 18, Bi-Annual Community Meeting, 5:30 pm - 7 pm, Zoom.

Easy Does It’s First Community Meeting of 2024 is on April 18th. Twice a year, we host these meetings to share updates regarding our services and to allow the Community to comment on how the quality of our service has impacted them. We’re opting to host these meetings online only this year, as very few people joined us in person last year. Registration is no longer required for remote meetings; head to our website on April 18 to join the meeting. You can also visit our website to add the event to your calendar and to get a reminder message.

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Have you seen our Office’s new Photos?

There are some new faces in the window at the front of our offices. We added photos of CeCe Weeks, Ed Roberts, Judy Heumann, and Hale Zukas to the front of our offices to honor their timeless contributions to the Independent Living Movement. We also have some of our favorite Easy Does It’s Team photos. We hope this work will make the street where our offices exist a little more interesting.

A photo of Easy Does It's storefront. Featuring newly hung photos of Hale, Judy, CeCe, and Ed.
A film crew records a coversation between Bruce (Executive Director) and Felix (Board Member.)

Finishing the Documentary

We’re also happy to be working with Elly and Joe on finishing the EDI Documentary we started working on a year ago. Unfortunately, they had to take a break from production due to other projects, but they are again filming interviews and day-to-day operations at Easy Does It to finish their documentary work.

Community Resources

The CIL is hiring for Six new Open Positions

Our friends at The Center for Independent Living In Berkeley are hiring six new positions at their Agency. If you or anyone you know might be a good candidate for them, please apply or contact their Director of Operations at hr@thecil.org.

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Soul Space Berkeley

We were recently visited by the team from SoulSpace, a new Berkeley nonprofit that acts as a wellness hub to empower individuals, families, and communities to create and strengthen inner resources, community linkages, and resources to support healthy living and self-sufficiency for Black/African Americans. Check out their website to learn more:

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Exciting Workshops coming to WBFWC

Design a Medicine Bag: A free, 2-part workshop series with Keena Romano – March 25 & April 1

Part 1 – March 25: Design a Medicine Bag: Join our community in creativity as we design unique medicine bags. We will be focusing on intention setting and affirmations while we paint canvas bags with fabric paint that will be used for medicine bags.

Part 2 – April 1: Carrying a mobile toolbox with Herbal Allies: After our medicine bags have been painted and dried, we will fill them with plants and flowers to create our unique herbal ally blend. We will spend time together in meditation and intention and learn about select herbal allies and their energetic contributions to supporting our well-being and collective wellness.

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Meditative Art Workshop: Creative Expression & Mindfulness through Beadwork – April 8 & April 15

Discover the power of beadwork as a form of creative expression and mindfulness. Guided by your instructor, Malika Rubin-Davis, you'll learn various beadwork techniques and how they can enhance your meditative practice. This workshop is open to all skill levels.

April 8: Daisy Chain Beadwork: In this workshop, we will play with seed beads and learn how to make Daisy Chains.

April 15: Small Triangle Earrings: Students will learn to build brick stitches using seed beads and create small triangle earrings in this workshop.

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EARTH, WATER, AIR, FIRE: A medicine-making series with Batul True Heart – April 29 – May 20

**For Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

In this free, 4-week series, we will connect with one element of nature per week. Through hands-on workshops and guided activities, you will learn how to harness the energy of each component to create your natural remedies. We will be curious about our emotional well-being related to our relationship with nature. Made of the elements ourselves, we are each an integral part of nature. We will remember our humanness and our unique essence as we transmit it through our medicines.

Week 1- EARTH- elixirs

• Please note that participants will need to bring a cutting board and serrated knife to the session

Week 2- WATER- agua florida

• Please note that participants will need to bring a cutting board and serrated knife to the session

Week 3- AIR- sahumeria
Week 4- FIRE- pomadas

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That’s all the information that we have to share in March. We’re looking forward to helping our community at the Downtown Berkeley Library by fixing their electric wheelchairs and scooters and by hearing your feedback about the quality of our services at April’s online Community Meeting. Until next month, take it easy.