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GRuB

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews 1,777

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Food, Environment

Address:

2016 Elliott Ave NW Olympia WA 98502 USA

Mission:

GRuB is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing good food.

Results:

After successfully running our youth employment program for the past 13+ years, we are excited to take things to the next level. GRuB is co-creating a pilot project with Matt Grant, principal of Olympia High School, where disengaged students will come to GRuB for part of their school day. These students will experience the transformational outcomes of the GRuB employment program at the GRuB Farm while earning high school credit. If this initial pilot project is successful, OHS and other interested area high schools will begin engaging their students within this innovative model at their own sites. Students, principals, educators, and superintendents are all showing great interest in the venture. They know their schools have hundreds of students who are incredible young people looking to find their voice and direction. We know at GRuB that what these students need is to be a part of meaningful change in their community. Mallorie, a GRuB crew member says it so clearly: “If I had not gotten this job, I would have remained a person in the community who only watches great things happen instead of making them happen.”-Mallorie, 2010 Crewmember We believe GRuB is poised to make a huge impact in our community. For us to do that, we must STRETCH as an organization, grow outside the boundaries of our bountiful farm, touch and involve other groups and organizations who are excited about working to create social change.

Target demographics:

Low-income youth and families in Thurston & Mason Counties.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We work we 30+ youth each year in our employment program, 300-400 individuals through our garden-building program, and 500-700 students through our education program.

Geographic areas served:

Thurston & Mason Counties

Programs:

Our programs include: Cultivating Youth -- GRuB has formed partnerships with local schools and youth agencies to employ high school students on our urban farm, engage middle school students in ongoing field trips and host one-time visits to the GRuB farm for pre K - 8 students. Our work with youth is meaningful, relationship-rich, and context-driven. Kitchen Garden Project -- Each spring and summer, KGP staff & volunteers build dozens of raised-bed gardens for qualifying families at their homes. Garden recipients receive 3 raised beds, a trellis, fertile soil, seeds, starts, a gardening guide, and the opportunity to work with a garden mentor.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I think of well run, visionary organizations, I think of GRUB. Ever evolving in thoughful and impactful ways, this organization helps youth better understand how they can make a difference in their own lives and in the community, and helps low income families access fresh, healthy food through their kitchen garden project. They have figured out ways to engage the community in their vision, which is one aspect of their success.

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As a former staff at GRuB I had the privilege to work within the organization as it grew and evolved over the years. The quality of the organization that stands out most for me is the emphasis on making GRuB a place where everyone is welcome. And the staff don't just say this, they actively work to make it real everyday. If you want to be inspired, welcomed and amazed by stellar community work definitely check them out!

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About six years ago, I read a notice that GRuB was looking for people to help stuff envelopes for a few hours. I had been curious about GRuB, so I went. I found a group of staff and youth crew employees who were friendly, open and giving from their hearts. Over the years I've volunteered for a number of duties. Certainly what is at the basis of GRuB is growing good food (and I've eaten my share), but what I enjoy most is watching young people venture into GRuB and come to understand the integral role they play in the health and well-being of our community, particularly in building kitchen gardens for people with low incomes, helping them to better nutrition and self-sufficiency. I see how the staff at GRuB genuinely care for the youth who come to work at the farm and marvel at how quickly the youth begin to express themselves in positive terms. I find that I have grown tremendously in my understanding of myself, not only my own relevance in the community but everyone's, in the years I've spent with GRuB, its staff and its youth crews. This year marks a period of expansion and risk taking at GRuB as they extend into new educational and community opportunities. They will need additional funding and supporters. But they belong to a strong network of community advocates and I've heard many times people say, "If it can be done, GRuB can do it."

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Through volunteering at GRuB I have come to expand my view of my community and the people who live here. I am more thoughtful about the value of each person and the contributions we all make. I believe I have grown as a person and look forward to new opportunities for additional community involvement.

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