Blog : Support the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund in the Climate Ride

By Katelyn | Aug 24, 2015 | in

The Climate Ride Northeast is a five day, 390 mile bike ride beginning September 17 in Bar Harbor and ending September 21 in Boston. Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization that organizes events to raise money and awareness for environmental issues across the country.

This summer, the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund has joined the Climate Ride Northeast to raise funds to support the work that grassroots groups are doing. The organization has created a team, the Grassroots Fun(d) Riders, to raise money and will be represented by Bart Westdijk, Program Director at the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund.

The Grassroots Fund supports local efforts to create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. The organization is able to do this by providing small grants, trainings, and resources to grassroots organizations that are working on issues from local food system development to climate resiliency and land/water conservation to environmental justice projects.

The Grassroots Fund is currently supporting a community investment club in White River Valley, VT where members can invest in projects that matter to them in their own community. Additionally, they are identifying and raising awareness about natural gas leaks in Boston and working with city government and utilities to get them fixed and the organization is working with female inmates at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution to learn agricultural skills through caring for a vegetable garden.

The work that the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund is able to do is supported by events like the Northeast Climate Ride which work to raise funds to support the goals of local grassroots groups.

There is still room to join the Grassroots Fun(d) Riders in the 390 mile bike journey. Anyone interested in joining the team to help raise money to support grassroots environmental initiatives is encouraged to sign up. The registration fee is $100 with a minimum commitment of fundraising $2,800. Those interested in donating can contribute to Bart Westdijk’s fundraising campaign and all proceeds go towards helping local groups improve our communities and environment.