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March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

I became involved with City Green as a volunteer during Viacommunity Day - which is a community service initiative sponsored by my company. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication City Green applies to its projects - bringing the community together in a fun way... we got a little dirty, a little sweaty, a little mulch-y -- all for the good of the garden. I'm currently turning to City Green for advice on how to bring a Learning Garden to my daughter's elementary school in Bloomfield, NJ. They've offered positive advice and great ideas on how to create a greener environment that's educational for students, and beneficial to the whole neighborhood. It's the kind of encouragement that makes the unthinkable seem doable.

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

seeking advice on how to create a learning garden/green space at my daughter's elementary school -- that can be connected to teaching curriculum.

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

give them more money to work with.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

As a long term resident of paterson nj I was thoroughly delighted to come across a small garden in my neighborhood park 3 years ago. As I learned more about the garden I was excited to hear it was an effort to introduce inner city children to gardening. So many kids do not understand where their foods come from and how it impacts their health. I have been a supporter of City Green since I first learned of it. It is under awesome leadership and serves a much needed cause in the city of paterson.

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My hometown

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

Give it money to help it grow.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Before we even began work for the day, the representatives for City Green took the time to explain the organization and the value that it gives local communities. As a resident of New Jersey, I see firsthand the need that City Green provides. We have soooooo many communities that would benefit from City Green programs! Not only do they help to beautify blighted areas, but they help install a sense of pride in the members of those communities. The educational resources geared towards kids goes a long way in helping to them to build self esteem. Not to mention the health benefits of working outside and eating hearty vegetables grow locally!
For my day of volunteering, we had a few tasks at hand but I chose to focus on helping paint a new barn. I'm freakishly tall and was quick to realize that I was the only one who could reach the upper ends of things. It was a beautiful Spring day and I was happy to oblige. The barn was to be used for storing gardening equipment and such for the kids. By the end of the day, we turned an ordinary unpainted structure into one of character. We all felt a sense of accomplishment and were happy to help. Looking forward to doing it again.

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I'm a resident in New Jersey and have seen firsthand the work of City Green in Paterson, NJ. I look forward to their continued expansion in the state. So many towns could benefit from their programs!

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City Green is not expanding too far, too fast. They are careful to make sure that they are focused in the communities in which they are currently active. At the same time, I would like to see them "get the word out" more somehow as further expansion has to be a priority.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I have worked with City Green in serving the children in the community for three years and hope this summer will be my fourth! I love how the organization is really geared in serving the immediate community both young and old. I have had the opportunity to help run the summer programs which center around educating the children in the community on healthy eating habits and fun ways to at and prepare the fresh produce that the children grow through out the summer.

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Working with this organization has inspired me to teach, of which i will be entering my third year of teaching this fall 2011!

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November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

City Green offered me the opportunity to learn about grassroots organizations as an intern. During my time with City Green I was able to be part of the awesome work helping bring kids healthier options and knowledge about gardening and the benefits of sustainable living. I met kids that had never tasted fresh broccoli before CG brought workshops to their school! City Green sees a great need for healthier options in cities, and works to meet that need- I hope to see it grow and touch more and more lives. Go City Green!

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The workshops are awesome- so creative. The looks on the kids' faces are priceless. There's nothing better than seeing a kids eyes light up when they see their flowers starting to grow- they glow with pride seeing their plants grow!

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

More money, more staff!

April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

During my time with City Green, I volunteered at a number of youth organizations such as YMCA's and public schools, and also helped to build community gardens in public places such as parks, churches, and other community centers. i also performed (and continue to perform) music for City Green's theater in the garden program. City green has provided me with an amazing opportunity to create beautiful gardens and pubic spaces for communities, and to provide families with fresh organic produce. what city green has done is both beautiful and astounding and i am sure they will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of those communities they serve for years to come.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it has shown me that even a small organization like City Green can have a very large impact. i was able to directly view the change city green created by talking to and observing members of the communities we served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 11, 2010

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April 11, 2010

City Greene has provided various network opportunities for me as a teacher in an inner city. Through their suggestions I was able to purchase recycling bins for every class. They also come and help with environmental projcets with the kids. The kids love em!

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

watching my students become more knowledgable with issues related to the environment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their interactions with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

efficient and most of all nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring Paterson Public Works to it's knees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

This non-profit has changed the curriculum of the Paterson School System to include environmental and nutritional education. Not only have they written curriculum but have exposed children in Paterson's neighborhood to hands on experience in working with the soil and teaching them to grow healthy food. In working with the organization for 5 years I have seen tremendous changes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase staff and operating costs

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great leadership, a board that works together and is dedicated to its cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, energetic, goal oriented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread its environmental curriculum to more urban communities throughout New Jersey and create more green spaces to grow healthy food for communities that do not have access to fresh produce.

Ways to make it better...

City Green had the funds to increase staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Shortage of staff. There are so many opportunities for this organization to grow they just need staff and and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The leadership is inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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