Seedlings of Change Overview
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.
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.
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!