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Community Grows
April 14, 2009

Some of the things I worry about the most: the environment, food security, poverty and its impacts of families, community breakdown and violence, not enough support and help for our kids, education—all of these things are solved by this little neighborhood group with the big impact. I keep wishing this organization could win millions of dollars and expand their program to thousands of kids. Teaching kids to plant food in the community garden, then to harvest it and cook healthy meals. It sounds simple but it is the basic building block of a healthy society—it could be the start of a peaceful revolution!

The Great!

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

Local families from public housing and the rest of the neighborhood changing eating patterns and activities of their kids.

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't think it's possible!

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

The leaders of this project, Barbara and Nora, have a really inspiring vision and they are not afraid to push to do things that other people might say are impossible.

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

Smart, caring, creative, funny, gentle, wise and strong.

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

Expand it's community gardening education program to all the public schools & public parks in the neighborhood; help many more teenagers in San Francisco Public Housing by educating them about environmental leadership and job training in their Beet Rangers program; pay their staff a living wage.

Ways to make it better...

This group were given the funding they deserve to expand their program!

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

The lack of funding and support for truly impactful work.

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

If you understand that deep social justice must connect people living in poverty with the future of our planet through environmental education and job training, you should donate/volunteer/help HVNPG.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped with strategic planning and fundraising.