After four years, with mostly volunteer labor and lots of community support, the Growing Hope Center renovations are finally nearing completion!
This is an exciting time for us. Our demonstration and training site for urban gardening and farming, our living showcase of sustainability, our teaching kitchen, our lending libraries, and our offices will all be in one spot by springtime. Once we're moved in, our reach and our impact will only grow, as we will be able to help more people grow, access, and eat healthy food. But, we need your help to get us there!
The same anonymous Michigan foundation that in late 2011 awarded the center $75,000 toward completion of our Center's house and grounds has pledged an additional $75,000 in the form of a matching grant. Growing Hope is determined to raise the crucial matching $75,000 by April 22, 2012!
Our goal is to raise $75,000 in 75 days by filling 75 envelopes with $1,000!
We're looking for 75 volunteers to become Envelope Stewards. A Steward might write one check for $1,000, solicit forty people for a $25 donation, ask fifty friends for a $20 bill, or sponsor a small fund-raiser at their house or school. We need a community's help to make this happen!
Will you help us fill just one envelope in the next two months? Please email me if you, your workplace, or your organization will steward just $1000! And, please pass this word along to friends who might do the same. If you believe in Growing Hope's work and impact, please consider helping in this way.
Amanda Maria Edmonds, Executive Director
Christopher Michalak, Board President