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The Going Green Foundation
March 25, 2011

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped put together raised bed gardens, fill with compost/topsoil, and planting vegetables.