Did you hear the exciting news? G.E.M. Environmental won an Arizona Gives Day incentive prize for the most dollars raised within 24 hours. This means we earned an additional $1,250 for our Field Experience Program. Woohoo!!! A great big THANK YOU to all our donors who made this possible. We couldn't have done it without you!
Great job to all AZ non-profits who also placed. Read the full list of winners here.
Happy Earth Day! GEM loves to protect public lands and the animals that inhabit them, which is why we focus on protecting wildlife in the community and at abandoned mine sites in Arizona and New Mexico.
We love helping the community as much as we love the animals we go home to each night. In celebration of Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to share a little bit about who we are and the animals we love. Enjoy!
Meet Eric Welsh, GEM's Executive Director, and his dog Timber (pictured left), the Vova Scotia Tolling Duck Retriever. Timber is a rescue and previously feral dog from the Navajo Nation. His other dog Hondo (pictured right) is a mixed healer and rescue from the Coconino animal shelter. Eric is an Arizona native and has always been fascinated with the beauty and intrigue offered through National Forests and Public Lands. Eric’s dogs often accompany him to field work sites, providing support through their endless energy and curiosity.
Jessica R. Cook is GEM's Business Manager and Chairmen of the Board. She is deeply passionate about GEM's mission and protecting wildlife. Jessica was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in Prescott with her husband Brandon, dogs Winslow and Bella, and two cats Damien and Pablo.
Meet GEM’s Public Relations Coordinator and Grant Writer, Amie Winters, and her dog Loki the pug. Amie is originally from California and currently resides in Prescott. Loki often accompanies her to various GEM project sites, like the PUSD Indian Ed Program community garden building project (pictured left). Loki is a certified therapy dog and loves to interact with people from all walks of life.
Mona Welsh, GEM's Treasurer and Secretary, has lived in Prescott with her husband Gary for over 30 years where they raised two children. Her mission GEM is to help develop and raise awareness for the scholarship program, which will enable STEM students to help in funding their college education costs. She is pictured here with her dog Timber.
Sharon Andrus Felker is GEM's Director of Scholarship. In addition to working at GEM, she is the Business/HR/Transportation Manager at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy (a Charter High School) in Prescott. Pictured here is her loving dog Primrose the rottweiler, who is also service trained.
Conner Gooding is GEM’s Geologic Consultant. He is a native of Texas and has worked in a variety of fields ranging from mineral exploration, education, materials testing and inspecting, to geologic consulting. He's pictured with his dog Carl, a mixed Heeler and reservation rescue who often accompanies him to job sites.
We hoped you enjoyed learning more about us and the animals we love.
Only a few more days left to apply for the STEM Education Outreach Specialist position.
This position was created in partnership with Arizona Serve and the deadline to apply is April 24th. Apply on the AmeriCorps website by clicking here.
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Thanks to all the early birds who've donated to GEM for Arizona Gives Day so far. Don't forget to time your donation to help us win special bonuses. The next POWER HOUR is 9AM. The non-profit that receives the most donations between 9-10 wins $1500!!!
Donate here: www.azgives.org/gemenvironmental
Want to learn more about us and the educational program we're raising money for? Eric Welsh, our Executive Director, will be appearing on Verde Valley TV (Cable One channel 56 and Suddenlink channel 2) and on the radio on KYBC 96.3 TODAY to talk about GEM and our programs. The show will run multiple times. Just check the schedule of your provider for times. The show, County Wide, can be seen anytime on www.verdevalleytv.com.
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Thank you to Patricia Autrey of Flex Realty in Prescott for her Gold sponsorship to GEM, as well as donating brisket for our 2nd Anniversary Bash on 3/31 and the use of her chafing dishes. Learn more about Patricia and Flex Realty here.
GEM is greatly appreciative for the community support we've received for this event and would like to thank all our gracious sponsors.
We've got some great items we're giving away at our 2nd Anniversary Bash next week (March 31st) at the Windsock Lounge. Our latest auction item includes a free Corp/Partnership tax prep for a business (a $450 value!). GEM would like to thank Shelle Christmas of Christmas Accounting PLLC for donating this incredible prize and for joining our Gold Sponsor list.
The event will also include a raffle with tons of exciting prizes. You can purchase tickets for $1 each at the event, OR, if you make an online charitable donation to GEM you'll receive FREE raffle tickets. The best part? If you make an online donation before March 29th, we'll give you DOUBLE the raffle tickets. For example, if you make a $10 donation to GEM today you'll get 20 raffle tickets at the event. Just bring your receipt with you. PLEASE NOTE: When making your online donation, be sure to select 'Scheduled for AZ Gives Day' under 'Donation Type'.
Thanks again to Christmas Accounting! Learn more about them here.
Make your online charitable donation here.
Complete event details can be found on our Facebook page.
Looking to give back? GEM is currently looking for lecturers and community volunteers. We've got opportunities for every age and ability!
Visit us on Volunteer Match to learn more.
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals, has graciously donated the following for our 2nd Anniversary Celebration raffle on March 31st:
From all of us at G.E.M. Environmental, thank you Heritage Park Zoo for your generous donation. We are extremely excited to give this incredible prize package away to one lucky winner.
It's been a busy week at GEM and we are proud to announce another new sponsor! Please welcome Nick's Feed Your Face to our Bronze sponsor list! They have graciously donated gift cards for our 2nd anniversary celebration and fundraiser on March 31st at The Windsock Lounge. Additionally, Nick's Feed Your Face is donating boxed lunches to all our Field Experience Program participants for their field trip to Drake Cement Mine at the end of the semester. We are blown away by the generosity we've received from them and want to send them a great big THANK YOU from the GEM team.