BSC MEMBERS DIGEST -- April 11, 2022

Save the Date!

WRITTEN BY ZOE WAN (Board and Executive Assistant)

Meet & Greet:

Where? Outside of Central Office (2424 Ridge Road)

When? Friday, April 22 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM PDT

Why? This is your chance to connect with your fellow co-opers and Board Directors in person as well as learn about the Rochdale Block Party. Did I mention that Top Dog will be catering delicious hot dogs (vegan dogs too!) plus there will be a photobooth and giveaways?

RSVP for the Berkeley Student Cooperative: Meet & Greet (signupgenius.com)

Have questions? Email Juhandryn our Finance & Accounting Manager at jdessames@bsc.coop

General Membership Meeting (GMM):

Where? Rochdale Outdoor Common Areas (ADA accessible). YES, IT'S OUTDOORS!

When? Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 PM PDT

Why? The GMM is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest update from the Board and to offer their feedback. Your input is valuable and important to the co-op as a whole and the Board wants to hear from you because members know what's best for the co-op. More information to follow.

Professional Job Wanted!

WRITTEN BY ZOE WAN (Board and Executive Assistant)

The Central Office is hiring for a new Housing Supervisor. After 40 years of serving the BSC with dedication and loyalty, our wonderful Housing Supervisor, Betsy, has decided to retire in June. If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about this position, please share the job link with them.

General Job Description:

The Housing Supervisor oversees the entire housing operation at the BSC, including applications, assignments to units, contract preparation & processing, contract cancellations, and maintenance of membership files. The Housing Supervisor is responsible for workflow in the Housing Department and supervises all workers in the department. This position reports to the Operations Manager.

Housing Supervisor job description (Google Doc)

Whatever comes next for Betsy, may it bring her the same joy and fulfillment as she brought to the BSC. We wish Betsy the very best in the next chapter of her life and adventure.

Student Day of Service with Councilmember Terry Taplin's Office - April 22

WRITTEN BY STEVE ROSS (Cooperative Experience Manager)

Earth Day Potter Creek Clean Up with Councilmember Taplin's Office

April 22, 3-5pm outside 742 Grayson Street

There is a very cool Student Service opportunity that Councilmember Terry Taplin is setting up @ Earth Day (4/22). Councilmember Taplin’s office will be organizing a clean-up at Potter Creek, which is adjacent to the City Horizon Transitional Village in West Berkeley.

If you have any questions, please email Joe Genolio, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Taplin at jgenolio@cityofberkeley.info.

ShareTea Fundraiser

WRITTEN BY JOVANA CAMBEROS (Cloyne Academic Theme Manager)

Hi BSC,

Cloyne is hosting their very first fundraiser next week from Tuesday, April 12th until Thursday the 14th with ShareTea located at 2328 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 to raise money to give out scholarships, buy supplies and snacks for finals week, etc. If you would like to support Cloyne please show the flyer attached to this newsletter to the cashier when going to ShareTea so that $1 from your drink is donated back to Cloyne. This flyer will also be posted on Cloyne's Instagram @cloynecoop and we would really appreciate it if everyone with an Instagram account could repost this flyer on their story in order to encourage even more people to come out and support the fundraiser!"

Apply for Summer Jobs Now!

WRITTEN BY TOMI CHUNG (Hiring Committee Chair)

Dear Co-opers,

Do you want to support your community? Do you need professional development or work experience? Are you hanging out at the BSC during the summer of 2022? We are now hiring for BSC jobs during the summer and we hope you're interested!

The application due date is Monday, April 18 @ 9am, though late applications may still be considered for some positions.

Here are the open positions right now:

Central Office Receptionist

Recruitment Coordinator

AdCom Assistant

COVID Action Team Student Leader

Social Manager Coordinator

Content Creation Lead

Development and Alumni Relations Committee Member

Non-Perishables Coordinator (2)

Apply here! You can read more on the hiring website: HICOM.BSC.COOP. Please email hicom@bsc.coop if you have any questions or concerns. We will get back to you in less than 5 business days!

Warmly,

The Hiring Committee

Survey on Household Energy Use

Hello Co-opers,

My name is Sasha de Frondeville. I am a graduate student living at HIP house, studying energy engineering. I need to collect survey responses for a class, regarding preferences for dishwater usage behavior. I have linked the survey below. It should take < 10 minutes to complete. The goals of the survey and more detailed information can be found at this link: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dalvyNmUkgXj6F8

BSC Alumni Association Upcoming Events

How to Survive Late-Stage Capitalism: A Financial Literacy Workshop

Thursday, April 14

5 PM PT

Virtual event via Zoom

RSVP How to Survive Late-Stage Capitalism Now »

A virtual workshop with the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union on how to manage personal finances. Everything you want to know about money but are afraid (or don’t know) to ask. Get the low-down on budgets, investing, retirement funds, and more—from the people who’ve been there and know that.

Strawberry Creek Tour & Clean-up

Saturday, April 23

9:30 AM PT

BSC Central Office

RSVP Strawberry Creek Tour & Clean-up Now »

Enjoy coffee and donuts at Central Office before accompanying UC Berkeley environmental protection specialist Tim Pine on a tour of Strawberry Creek to discuss history, restoration, and preservation. At the end of the tour, Tim and his team will provide gardening tools so you can participate in weeding an area of invasive plants!

2022 Co-op Graduation!

Tuesday, May 3

4 PM PT

Alumni House, UC Berkeley campus

RSVP 2022 Co-op Graduation! Now »

Celebrate your time in the co-ops with everyone who’s made it special, with a party at Alumni House! You’re graduating, and we’re thrilled to welcome you into our alumni family with food, drinks (ID required for alcohol), music, guest speakers, entertainment, and a whole lot of joy. You may be moving out, but you’ll always be a

Co-oper.

Hope to see you there! Questions? Email us at bscaa1996@gmail.com

Important Scholarship information included for Fall 2022/Spring 2023

WRITTEN BY BRENDA COOK (Development Director)

  • Forward to friends who are interested in living in the BSC next year!
  • Reminder: prepare your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for 2022-23. This information is REQUIRED to be considered for the BSC Scholarship!

The scholarship application is now open! The BSC Scholarship supports our 501(c)(3) mission of removing barriers to higher education for low-income and traditionally marginalized students and empowering them with community-building skills that they can take into the future. We are grateful to the many BSC alumni who have contributed to BSC Scholarships. Applications are due June 1, 2022.

The BSC will notify applicants of results after June 15 and before the July 7, 2022 deadline for canceling Fall 2022 contracts without penalty. New BSC applicants are encouraged to apply! You do NOT need to be a current BSC resident to apply for a BSC scholarship. The scholarship is in the form of rent credit FOR BSC HOUSING ONLY. Your scholarship will be 1/6 of your rent each semester. Example: If the rent for a room and board house is normally $3,384/semester, the rent will be reduced to $2,820/semester for a scholarship recipient. You must be living in the BSC and a full-time student in order to receive the scholarship in each semester. The estimated time required to complete this form is 10 minutes. You cannot save an incomplete application; you must complete it all at once. IF YOU MADE A MISTAKE IN YOUR APPLICATION, just start a new application and we will disregard the application with the older timestamp. We rely on financial need information from your school. Please make sure your FAFSA/ California Dream Act and all verifications are timely submitted to the financial aid office of your school. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN AUTOMATED EMAIL CONFIRMATION after you submit this application.

Questions? Contact Brenda Cook at bcook@bsc.coop. Please review your application before you submit the form.

COVID-19 Testing Information and Resources

WRITTEN BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT)

The University Health Services offers two types of testing on campus: symptomatic/clinical tests and surveillance/asymptomatic tests. All testing can be ordered online at eTang, where you will be guided to the appropriate testing site.

COVID-19 Booster Shots:

  • Johnson and Johnson Booster Shot:
  • It is recommended that you get a booster shot 2 months after your initial dose of the vaccine
  • Moderna and Pfizer Booster Shots:
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded booster shot eligibility on November 19th 2021. It is now available for everyone 18+ who was fully vaccinated at least 6 months ago.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second vaccine dose.

Other Resources and UC Berkeley Cases:

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CENTRAL OFFICE

2424 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709
(In front of Casa Zimbabwe)
Central Office: (510) 848-1936
Central Food & Supplies: (510) 549-5969
Central Maintenance: (510) 549-5965
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM
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