December Newsletter - Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE GARDENWORKS PROJECT

All of us at The GardenWorks Project wish you a very happy holiday season! We are so appreciative of the work of our dedicated volunteers and donors. It may be cold now, but we are dreaming about our spring vegetable gardens, and planning our garden builds for families in need in DuPage County and St. Charles. If you don’t already, follow us on facebook for current updates. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

2014 Fundraising Campaign Starts January 1

2013 was a big year for The GardenWorks Project. We built 10 new gardens, refreshed 4 second-year gardens, obtained a community gardening space and donated 200 pounds of vegetables to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, and forged new relationships with two social service organizations that refer clients in need of food assistance. We built an administrative volunteer team, recruited almost 30 incredibly talented and dedicated volunteers, and are close to obtaining 501c3 nonprofit status. But, we’re not stopping there.

In 2014, we are aiming high. Our goal is to build 20 new gardens for families in need of food assistance, while supporting our 10 second-year gardeners. We will continue to grow fresh, organic produce for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Plus, we will add two new food pantries to our list of partnering organizations. But we can’t do it without your help.

Although we’ve raised enough funds already to cover almost half of our goal, we still have a long way to go. On the first day of the New Year, we will be off and running with our 30-day fundraising event on Indiegogo.com. You may remember from last year that Indiegogo is a crowdsourcing website where we offer “perks” for your contribution. We’ve got some great items that you will not want to miss out on, including The GardenWorks Project logo t-shirts, logo totes filled with organic veggie seed packets, organic gardening books, and even raised-bed gardens built especially for you. Stay tuned for our next newsletter on January 1 announcing the start of our fundraising campaign.

LUSH Party January 11
Join us at LUSH Cosmetics (inside Macy’s) at Oak Brook Mall from 1-4pm for a Charity Pot party! Meet GardenWorks volunteers, learn about volunteer opportunities, win prizes, and sample LUSH products. LUSH is a huge supporter of The GardenWorks Project, awarding us with funds for our 2014 garden builds and promoting us on their Charity Pot lotion label. We’re so excited to party with them, and hope you will stop by.

Volunteer Opportunities – Photographer and Videographer
It’s all about the images and video these days, and we want to be able to communicate what we do to partners, donors, and volunteers. We would like a photographer and a videographer to join us for an hour or two during our spring garden build (date TBA) to capture some images of our volunteers at work. Also, if you know anyone who could assist us with editing a video for the Indiegogo campaign, please let us know ASAP! Check out these and other volunteer opportunities on the website.

On the Blog
Have you ever wondered why The GardenWorks Project builds raised bed gardens instead of planting right in the ground? Want to get to know two very cool, local, organic farmers who are also big supporters of our work? Missed our last newsletter? Check out our blog!

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