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Seedlings of Change

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Address:

239 Red Fox Road P.O. Box 21 Lolo MT 59847 USA

Mission:

Seedlings of Change (SoC) mission is to co-create a sustainable future by advancing global consciousness, self-empowerment, and holistic living and sustainability education through a mini-grant program and multi-media including publications promoting opportunities to live and learn together. Seedlings of Change (SoC) vision is a sustainable, healthy, vibrant future where individuals live everyday life with conscious thought and action; where individuals at the grassroots level transcend all religious, social, ethnic, and political barriers in support of harmony, fairness, integrity and compassion with our environment and each other. Where individuals adopt recipe(s) for resilience and pass them on to their families; where we, the collective, can make a healing difference co-creating positive change in the world.

Results:

Seedlings of Change “Bread for the Soul” mini-grant program is made possible by your monetary contributions collected via our fundraising events. The projects currently supported are highlighted throughout the Seedlings of Change website. Current projects: * Wildhorse Therapeutic Riding Program for all abilities in Missoula County, Montana. * The “Cat Fight” project humanely addressing the feral cat issue taking place in California. * “Sustainable Smiles” Student Action Program (SAP) is currently working in Afghanistan to educate and empower SAP students to lead the way to a greener future. This program is integral in encouraging community members via SAP students in becoming actively dedicated in improving environmental quality and educating on the importance of safeguarding the environment through stewardship. * The first Seedlings of Change “Bread for the Soul” mini-grant was awarded in 2010 to Zootown Arts Community Center ZACC to create and maintain their Creative Gig Service (CGS) in Missoula, Montana. CGS is successful and focuses on all that is creative. * Seedlings of Change provided a “Bread for the Soul” mini-grant to The Girls Way in Missoula, Montana this is a safe place for all Missoula County girls ages 9-18 that promotes healthy emotional, physical, and social development by encouraging healthy choices in physical activity and nutrition, while offering unique learning opportunities. * Seedlings of Change support AniMeals of Missoula, Montana by advertising on a recycling container, which is located at the Brooks Street Walmart parking lot. Funds collected from the recycling benefits AniMeals. * We also have our ongoing sustainable projects in Uganda; from farming, to providing safe drinking water as well as teaching sewing and knitting skills.

Target demographics:

Seedlings of Change reach out to individuals, groups, and nonprofits in our local to global community to create win-win cooperative relationships.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Seedlings of Change honors’ everyone from all walks of life. Motivating individuals through positive action, inspiring individuals to share their gifts and talents through our educational outreach events, programs, and projects. We believe in the ripple effect; when children realize their self-worth, they share their esteem with the world. Equally true, when adults realize their self-worth, they have respect and show kindness our global community.

Geographic areas served:

Seedlings of Change is located in Montana, US. We currently have projects in the US, Uganda, and Afghanistan

Programs:

One of the programs we offer is “Bread for the Soul” mini grant. Seedlings of Change efforts bring positive change in our global community. Our “Bread for the Soul” mini-grant program is made possible by your monetary contributions and when you donate to Seedlings of Change you support our work, which is contributing toward a world of positive shared experiences and stewardship for future generations; a world that works for everyone!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I love this organization and all the people involved in making this nonprofit successful. The Mini-grant program is amazing! What they have managed to do locally and globally to help create sustainability, raise awareness and make a positive step forward to making this world a better place deserves to be recognized and supported.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am currently a board member of this organization and I feel like it is these types of organizations who really truly make a difference. We have a closer awareness in the community because we are closer to the pulse of what is needed within our communities. 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...

I've met others involved in recieving our mini-grants and I've heard about how these mini-grants helped these organizations grow. The founder is very dedicated individual and is focused on provided support and invovement with others with the same interests.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would... try to attain new members, and provide more income so it was able to help more people.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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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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.

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

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

 
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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

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

No suggestions

 
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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.

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

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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1 person found this review helpful

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

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

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

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

Hope for even greater community support and awareness.

 
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