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Phone: 360-753-5522
2016 Elliott Ave NW
Olympia
Washington 98502
USA
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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.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Build a free garden for a low-income family, harvest produce for our marketstand or CSA program, join our youth-led drop-in volunteer hours.

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.

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.

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11/07/12
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... more »
03/02/11
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 ... more »
01/16/11
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 ... more »
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