Seedlings of Change

Rating: 4.64 stars   14 reviews

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Location: PO Box 21 Lolo MT 59847 USA

Mission: SEEDLINGS of CHANGE ~ Mission Statement Self ― Explore inner life. Live everyday life with conscious choice. Recognize the presence of love and gratitude in everything; every person, every task and every interaction. Education ― Promote opportunities to live and learn together. Foster the teacher in everyone. Develop lessons to empower and nourish individuals and communities. Ecological ― Learn issues effecting the environment at home and abroad. Focus on locally informed, sustainable alternatives to better our planet. Work in harmony with nature to achieve these goals. Diversity ― Open our minds and hearts to all voices. Actively seek ideas and opinions other than our own. Creatively explore new ways of living in harmony with each other and the natural world. Celebrate the interconnectedness of all life.
Results: Through the 'Bread for the Soul' mini-grant program made possible with public donations and funds collected via our small fund raisers enabled Seedlings of Change to award three local to global community mini-grants in 2010! ZACC Creative Gig Service (CGS) in US. CGS focuses on all that is creative, including: photography, exhibition opportunities, graphic design, writing and editing, web design, music gigs, general art gigs, artist to artist help, education and teaching opportunities, calls to artists, residencies, and items and services wanted. Sustainable Smiles Student Action Program S.A.P. in Asia. (S.A.P.) will allow students to lead the way to a greener future. This program is important in empowering students and community members in becoming actively dedicated to improving and preserving environmental quality. T.E.A.C.H. Farming Initiative in Uganda Africa. Farming Initiative project is necessary in order to introduce farming education to children in the vocational primary school and will function to meet the following needs: Supplement food supplies for the children in terms of cassava, potatoes, eggs, milk and meat. Supplement school revenue from the earnings of the surplus products, and be a center for farm training to the local peasant community. For the first recipient in 2011 Seedlings of Change selected The Girls Way in US. The Girls Way offers daily movement and exercise classes, ongoing workshops on girl-specific topics, and seasonal outdoor adventures. Their new space includes an art/study lounge and an outdoor garden site. The Girls Way offers girls leadership opportunities, resources, encouragement, and freedom of expression to make their own way. In 2010 Seedlings of Change online community held two creative projects that ran simultaneously! The recruiting of our community artists to design our logo and to design for promotional items for Seedlings of Change online shop! Rebecca Hansen designed Seedlings of Change Logo and Carolyn Espinosa created two art designs; “Plant Your Seed and Soar” and “Life is Ever- Changing” for use on Seedlings of Change promotional items. And the Global Harmony quilt project of which the wall hanging seemed to evolve by itself! Seedlings of Change online community have numerous groups of interest and a Quilt group emerged. Sewing and Quilting have brought hope, warmth, security, jobs to people all around the globe. Lifelong traditions and knowledge were brought about by the sharing of fabric, patterns, and skills as people moved about the world. We were interested in what different things were being done and what similarities would be found from country to country, related to stitching. A call was put out for pieces of fabric. We received fabric from Denise in Paris, France, Kumud from India, Anna from Connecticut, USA, and Carolyn from Washington, USA sharing fabric from England. The colors blended, the varied textures worked. Sharon Emmett ended up with the fabric and the challenge of putting together a wall hanging. She reached out to the community and was rewarded with love and friendship as their experience and artistic ability helped make this wall hanging become a reality. Sharon’s Old World Map material from Kentucky depicts the global impact. Stephanie, from Sharon’s line dancing group, shared her great knowledge and those ideas that flowed out became a huge part of the wall hanging. Elaine Hanley, a sewing friend, spent a whole day with Sharon, with both of them cutting, discussing and sewing and at 6:30pm the basic wall hanging was together. Elaine designed the tree root at the bottom and ultra suede leaves to enhance the Seedlings theme. Nancy Hartmann named the quilt "Seedling of Change" and painted the name on Elaine’s beautiful piece of fabric which tops the wall hanging. Carolyn Espinosa from Seedlings community toured England and picked up the fabric and choice other items and her friend, Hannah Cook also from Seedlings designed her square. With the extra fabric, 2 more quilts and 2 tote bags were made. Seedlings of Change continue to grow and touch those in every corner of the world. We can all accept peace within us every time a Seedling reaches out to help someone or something grow!
Target demographics: Seedlings of Change reach out to individuals, groups, and nonprofits in our local to global community to create win-win cooperative relationships.
Programs: One of the programs we offer is “Bread for the Soul” mini grant. We feel it is in 'Together we make a difference' In 2010 we have selected three recipients! Creative Gig Service CGS is now live! With the purpose of connecting artists to job opportunities, and businesses to the best services available. Sustainable Smiles Student Action Program (S.A.P.) enables students to lead the way to a greener future. This program is important in empowering students and community members in becoming actively dedicated to improving and preserving environmental quality. T.E.A.C.H. The Hope for Children Development Group’s Farming Initiative project: This Farming Initiative project is necessary in order to introduce farming education to children and will function to meet the following needs: • Supplement food supplies for the children. • Supplement school revenue from surplus products. • Center for farm training to the local peasant community. • Become a component of diversification of normal school operation. Seedlings of Change selected The Girls Way as the first recipient for 2011! The Girls Way is a unique and safe place that promotes healthy development in girls ages 10-18 through movement, exercise, and education. The Girls Way is the first all-girls facility in Montana, a new one-of-a-kind Missoula nonprofit. The Girls Way offers daily movement and exercise classes, monthly presentations, ongoing workshops on girl-specific topics, and seasonal outdoor adventures. Their new space includes an art/study lounge and an outdoor garden site. The Girls Way offers girls leadership opportunities, resources, encouragement, and freedom of expression to make their own way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was involved with Seedlings when it was just a dream of Eveline Maria Smith, the founder of Seedlings. We were on a trip together and made a special trip to Scotland, to Findhorn, to see how this organizatiion lived and maintained their aims for so many years, with Seedlings formation in mind. And in 2009 Seedlings of Change was founded and I have been on the Board of Directors since that time and work very closely with Eveline and the other members to try and make changes in the world that help to improve the lives of everyone and teach people that they, through their individual lifestyles and efforts, CAN make a difference. I am most proud of our mini-grant program which provides, after a detailed application, description of the group and a check in plan with Seedlings that follow through is apparent, small grants to local and international groups teaching children and adults, in projects, how to make changes in the environment. We have one in Africa, Thailand, several in Montana, and elsewhere and, although they are small amounts, $600 to $1,000, a lot is accomplished by each organization with our assistance. My hope is to be able to raise funds to continue to do more and larger mini-grants and continue to make a difference in our world because, to my mind, it is each one of us, making an effort and following through on our thoughts/actions that CAN make changes so sorely needed all over the globe. Thank you for the opportunity of sharing about Seedlings of Change. Sincerely, Joan Douma, Secretary, Board of Directors of Seedlings of Change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

I became acquainted with the founder of Seedlings before the nonprofit became a reality and encouraged and supported her goal to have this come into being. I was asked to be on the Board and I was proud to be a board member as I so believe in the general mindset and goals to improve our world, in any small way that is possible, and wanted to be an active part of this nonprofit and website. We have provided several mini-grants within the past year and a half, in various locations and helping various project, many of which involved children who are, as we know, the next leaders of our country. We continue to grow and our goal is to do all we can, as an organization, to bring peace, understanding and positive action and reinforcement to make our world a better place for all people to live in. We welcome all new members who have a similar interest and walcome you to join our nonprofit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing, and meeting, a number of the people who are doing projects via our mini-grants and by personally knowing and respecting the founder of this Organization and all she is trying to accomplish.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Simply attain new members, and improve the income streaming into the organization so that we can do even more to help people who have a similar interest.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am an artist and an Early Childhood Educator/families advocate. Seedlings of Change has opened up great new avenues for me personally and professionally on both of these levels. I have been able to develop and reach out to others through my artwork through Seedlings of Change. This non-profit program has given me the opportunity to help promote understanding and respect for our world and humanity. Seedlings of Change is helping to create a better place for children and families through their various reach-out programs in communities nation and world wide. I am proud and grateful to be a part of such an outreach oraganization as Seedlings of Change.

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I have been able to see my art help promote awareness of the need for people to help out each other and our world.

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Seedlings of Change is based on always looking on how to keep on changing to meet the needs of our communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I greatly admire the mission and passion set forth by the Seedlings of Change organization: to connect people, around the world, and within their local communities. The focus is diverse--from a project to encourage strength and confidence in young women in Missoula, to supporting development of a school garden in a small village in Africa--sending the message that a small seed planted indeed can create change.

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The message put forth by SoC has influenced me to reach out more through my business.

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I can't really think of anything that I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of this organization through Facebook and they are truly trying to make a difference. They have provided a mini-grant to The Creative Gig Project to help the local artists within the community find work. Which as we all know is a dying profession due to lack of funding and interests in our schools. I wish there were more organizations like this one! Because Artists are never going to save the world but they will make it worth saving!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen what they have accomplished by updates through Facebook and on their online community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. Just keep doing what your doing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended Seedlings of Change annual fundraiser and I had a wonderful experience meeting the Board Members and hearing about how they are helping provide mini-grants to other nonprofits in the community and globally. Especially the mini-grant's provided to SAP to help educate children and the community about protecting our environment.

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I have seen firsthand how this organization can help make a difference in our immediate community and globally by reading the updates from the mini-grant recipients on Seedlings of Change webpage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just the ability to spread the word about what this organization is doing. Which in result provide more funding so others would benefit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of Seedlings of Change through my sister, Joan Douma.
After reading Seedlings Mission Statement and investigating further, I signed on.
Seedlings of Change, under the guidance of Eveline contantly moves forward to touch people around the globe with many different projects.
We began work on the Global Harmony Quilt and asked for small bits of fabric from around the world. We were amazed at the response and interest and this beginning lead to the discovery of various other projects touching the world.
A couple of examples:
A group of quilters making quilts and donating them for the soldiers injured in the war.
A lawyer in a 3rd world country setting up a program to teach women who had been taken from their families and when they escaped, were not welcome back into the villages. A place was formed with a teacher to teach sewing. When the time was over, they got $100, a sewing machine, and fabric.
These 2 examples are just a part of the type of work that Seedlings of Change is in the midst of. Eveline constantly searches for more ways of bettering our world, one person or group at a time.
Seedlings of Change is a gift to all.
Sharon Emmett - Napa, California-USA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Opening my eyes to how to help one step at a time.

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I think at this time, Eveline is taking the necessary steps to move Seedlings of Change along a positive path

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Rating: 5 stars  

Seedlings of Change is a fantastic, grassroots nonprofit that works to bring awareness to important issues such as service, sustainability, and authentic living. The Girls Way, a nonprofit I work for, is opening next month with the help of a grant awarded by Seedlings of Change. Eveline Maria Smith, the director, has been a delight to network with, along with other members belonging to their online community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a $500 mini grant from Seedlings of Change

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No suggestions

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been with this org. since the very beginning. I greatly identfy with its vision. Sowing seeds of harmony, tolerance and cultural bonding can ensure a better and peaceful world.


The cutural harmony quilt created by the members from all over the world is a heart-warming and wonderful example of vasudhaiva kutumbakam, ie., the vision of entire world as ONE family. It has paved the way and made us realise its possibility bringing us a step closure to its realisation.


It sows seeds of such bright and positive change so needed for us to survive and thrive. We owe it to Earth, to ourselves and to our children & the following generations.


I wish more seeds for strength & more success towards realisation of a better world.

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I've experienced and witnessed this organization paving the way and making us realise the possibility of bringing together the world's different cultures through its various measure, namely cultural quilt, recipes etc., thus bringing us a step closure to the realisation of making the entire world a Global village.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. Only I'd like to see more and more motivated people join this wonderful organization which quietly, slowly but surely goes on sowing more seeds of a future world where all are equal and where all cultures and communities flourish in peaceful co-existence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoyed helping raise awareness for Seedlings during our mini-grant project for zacc.

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How small changes and efforts create huge benefits and awarenenss for a community.

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Hope for even greater community support and awareness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Seedlings of Change helped plant the seed for our organizations Student Action Program (S.A.P.). Without their support and strong encouragement for our S.A.P. program designed to empower students in Thailand to design and implement 2 environmental-community based projects of their own, we never would have been able to make the difference that we have. Seedlings of Change is made up of individuals who are truly dedicated towards helping others, as they have no paid staff, all of their energy goes into helping communities and others in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their support for our organizations Student Action Program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them grow so they can do more good work!

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