Transition Glassboro Member - kellytamburello@gmail.com

I support the Transition because: I support a better world where people know each other more, help each other often, and cause less damage to the Earth in the process.

I am happiest when I'm: outside on a nice day watching animals, or when I'm talking with friends.

People see me as: kind, helpful, a little crazy, smart, emotional and empathetic.

My philosophy on life is: Change the world by changing yourself first.  Be the change you want to see in the world. Serve others and serve God, and happiness will follow.

My intentional community type would be: a Transition Town.  Maybe when I'm quite a bit older I might consider a co-housing or co-op situation.  I think it would be fun to live like that, but I have family responsibilities right now, and I'm not going to drag my husband and kids into a "commune" - which is how they would see it.

My love languages are: Touch, and Acts of Service.


  • I expect some guidance, resources, and online tools to improve my ability to make connections

    1) Connecting with people, advice on how to proceed. 2) Realistically, probably Monthly. I expect it to go up as more people become involved and it gets off the ground. 3) I will probably do the bulk of the work, but I wish it wasn't that way. Experience has me a bit jaded. 4)Years 5) I'm not looking for funding at this point. In actuality, I have made friends with someone who writes grants, so I expect he will be able to get us funding if we get enough people together to start a real project. One thing that might be helpful is help getting our group insured. Any advice on that would be helpful. 6) Professional? I see this as a midway between personal and professional thing. I don't expect free psychotherapy, but I don't mind making friends with common interests and goals. 7) Yes 8) Yes 9) maybe eventually - hopefully 10) 1-2 days for initial response - email acknowledgement and forward to an appropriate member. 5-10 business days to resolve minor problems or get back with a phone call to follow up. 11) Yes


  • I totally agree that the site is too text heavy. Any given person ought to be able to navigate to the idea/section they want within 2-3 clicks, without being forced to scroll through data they don’t need in order to find it. To do that, you should decide the 2-3 top reasons people come to the site, and split them off on the landing page And add more pictures, particularly of people’s faces.

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  • Glassboro received Bronze status from Sustainable Jersey due to the efforts of several of our members who are also on the boro’s Green Team. However, this does not represent a significant alteration in the workings of the boro. Mostly, it involves writing incrementally improved local resolutions and informing the state of projects and programs that are already instituted and qualify for certification.


    Transition Town Glassboro (now an official Transition US initiative and a 501c4 non-profit) attempted to do a waste reduction program involving Rowan University students living off campus in Glassboro. In an effort to reduce the considerable usable waste left on the curb after graduation, we partnered with the university’s office of volunteerism to send out an email notice which notified the students of a location date time and contact number to drop off materials they wanted to get rid of but could not take with them. One student called to inquire about the program, and suggested that she was going to drop off items that day, however, nobody came by to drop anything off during the posted hours. I don’t know what happened. The university has recycle bins on campus, but these are horribly misused, as one of our former members noted while biking past – a recycling container had packaged meat in it. Perhaps she placed her items in these bins instead of driving to our location. We had 3 people on staff at all times to handle drop off and sorting and transport of donated items, all Transition Town volunteers. Two community members stopped by to see if any of the items we had were items they could use. We had to turn them away since we had nothing. We had applied for a mini grant. We did not get the mini grant. We spent $150 on this project and achieved nothing. Now we are faced with a money shortage, and a low morale. Every project we have started has failed to grow our organization, and we have experienced attrition in our membership – we are down to 3. We seem to be ill equipped to handle implementing the projects and ideas we have in abundance.


    The location we had our recycling event at was an underused community center, badly in need of repairs. We liked the location and see a lot of potential in it, but don’t have any money to do anything with it. However, we discussed donating some labor to their cause and painting the doors and/or the floor both of which need a lot of work. After speaking with the owner of the facility, we found that she would like to paint the doors, but a bigger problem she has is the lack of insulation in the building, which is a concrete block construction. I don’t know anything about it, but I intend to bring up her concern at our next BUD meeting next week, and try and get some input from our more handy members. Ideally if we can cultivate a relationship with her organization, maybe we can get the use of the building at a reduced price.


    There is a community fair next month and we intend to have a table at this event to try and spread information about the Transition. However, people are unlikely to stop by our table to chat unless we have something to give away. It’s just how people are. We are not certain what to do about that, as homemade food has liability issues associated with it, we have no money to purchase trinkets (and no desire to add to the waste problem that will follow). We would like to recruit people to do a “fixit clinic” or “repair cafe” type event, but this event is not likely to gain us many people. We need to contact people directly and we just don’t have contacts. Cold calling businesses for this is a daunting prospect for our members and a sample script if anyone has one would be appreciated.

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    Intent: We unite and empower people to take positive action towards enhancing and protecting all life and our environment for future generations.

    Purpose:  Our purpose is to construct real solutions by providing the support, space, and resources for the common heritage of the Earth's resources and  to do so via our collective knowledge.  We are committed to building community projects that promote organic farming, alternative transportation, clean drinking water, renewable energy, green building, and using music and the arts to convey the message.

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Retired Veterinarian, Environmental Activist, Mother, Progressive Christian.
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