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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.