Moving Forward with Mission and Purpose
June 02, 2016
The Veteran Green Bus, Affectionately lknow as "Large Marge", has been used for many different things. Her first 25 years and 290,000 miles were spent taking high school kids to ball games in Arizona. She retired in 2000. Purchased by a member of United Peace Relief to haul veterans their tools and supplies into New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and made biodiedel from used cooking oil gahtered from the Frech Quarter. Then she was used to take veterans to camping in Indian Ruins of Southern Utah, while learning how to build a log cabin in New Mexico, to hauling veterans and their tools to Rockaway Beach New York responding to Hurricane Sandy and then during the country from New York to California Detroit and back to Detroit Michigan to partner with Motor City Blight Busters and train for the next disaster. She has also gone through some changes. Once she could carry over 70 children now, there is room for 10 adults plus the driver. The rest of the interior is empty except four tanks, filters and pumps required to gather and clean 240 gallons of used cooking oil for the engines consumption while traveling around the country. That's right Large Marge runs on used cooking oil. We have tested her from New York to California and back to Detroit where we are building our training center for all things green and veteran at Veterans Village Detroit. The money we raise for the Veterans Green Bus will be used to first; buy tires, pay for insurance, and then start to make other improvement to her capabilities so that our veterans can use her for supporting their efforts to train for responding to disasters and rebuilding communities sustainably.