The Going Green Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

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Location: Dearborn MI 48124 USA

Mission: The Going Green Foundation was established to support, raise awareness of and encourage eco- and sustainability projects in the United States and abroad through grants, technical assistance and/or micro-financing in the areas of education and outreach, advocacy and public health, and building or enhancing green economies and infrastructures. Their goal is a charitable organization that will help determine a better future for generations to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a pleasure working with my community on this project. I look forward to years of organic fruits and vegetables and memories made with my neighbors.
The Foundation has given my life purpose and for that I am grateful!

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Numerous ways!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Maureen and Jeff last summer when I helped build raised bed gardens for thier groundbreaking at the Crowley Park Sustainable Farm in Crowley Park in Dearborn, MI. It was a great experience and the kids were able to be involved which was great.

They are developing a huge area to be an organic farm that will provide free organic produce to local schools, low income families as well as anyone willing to help grow vegetables or donate. They also intend to sell organic vegetables at reasonable cost to the public to create jobs and support their initiatives. They seem to want every community to duplicate what they are doing here and they are sharing information and resources with anyone willing or interested. The only rough spot was that more people should have known about their event and what they are doing.

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

TheGoingGreenFoundation.org grew vegetables without pesticides or fertilizers last growing season and gave them to low income and distressed families as well as neighborhood residents and volunteers that pitched in. They always seem to have their eye on a larger goals that will benefit all of us, things that will truly make a difference. Actually, they already are making a real difference in their own neighborhood.

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

Help them grow so they can reach and help more people!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More promotion so more people know what they are doing. Their message is strong, positive, rational, and important. They are going out of their way to help other people that don't even know they exist without expecting anything in return. This seems to be rare. The sense of urgency related to our global environmental situation these days makes the message they and others are spreading ever more important.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, the whole idea of organic food and it's benefits to health where unrealized to me. They raised my awareness of the prevalance environmental pollution and toxins in our local environment and about how important it is for us to speak up to protect it. Working with my hands in the soil made a connection for me to nature, food, and health which I did not even know was possible before.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was making a difference in my local community, making it a kinder and more healthy place to live. It felt good to work on something that would benefit others in need. I left the event with a profound sense of being "re-connected" to the environment even if it was temporary. I was left with a growing sense of hope for our future on this planet and the desire to be more involved with these types of events in the future. We need more organizations like this.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

It seems that all a novice gardenner in Dearborn MI., needs is an invitation to help with this neighborhood organization's farm and they jump right. But the part I like is that parents who dedicate time to the project bring their children and before long, the children are pitching in. To see little ones digging in the huge piles of soil, having no destination in mind for the dirt but having fun, is great. Watching a child pull on something green in the bed and see something orange come out is a mystery being solved in one moment in time. These are the small victories in the huge overall plan to feed hungry people that is the goal of the Going Green Foundation.

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

Watching it grow as all the separate organizations unite to help each other

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

I would name a temporary "Board Member" for each group that joins forces and have them meet under the Going Green Foundation's umbrella throughout the year.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Going Green Foundation was founded by a very dynamic person, Maureen McIlrath. After being laid off from her job, she made her own job from her passion. The foundation gets grants for the organic farm, which last summer, the crops were given to homeless shelters. Now the foundation is working with the local highschool to promote an agricultural program, garden and greenhouse. The enthusiasm from the teachers and students is enhanced from Maureen's energy in promoting the goals of The Going Green Foundation.

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At a roundtable meeting, Maureen showed a film she produced about The Going Green Foundation and the organic farm. It was very inspirational.

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

The foundation is a very dynamic and changing institution. It is always changing in a good way, by including more groups of people from the community.

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