The GardenWorks Project Newsletter - October 2013

Volunteer Event
 
Join us this Sunday morning, October 13th at 9:30 am at the Village Green Community Garden (130 S. Lambert Rd., Glen Ellyn). We will harvest the garden one last time, remove the plants, and roll up our wire fencing. This is your last opportunity in 2013 to get your hands dirty and help out The GardenWorks Project. The Community Garden was a huge success this year by providing organic, local produce to hundreds of families seeking assistance from area food pantries. If you’d like to help, email us at gardenworksproject@gmail.com.  

Thank You Garden Coaches and Community Garden Volunteers

 We’d like to thank the many volunteers who helped to relieve hunger in our community by serving as garden coaches to our new residential gardeners, and those who helped maintain our community garden space. We could not have built 10 new gardens or grown vegetables for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry if it were not for you. Thank you!  

Visit our New Website
 
Earlier in the year, we put out a call for volunteers who could help us to create a new website. Liz Hoffman from 3W Consulting and Todd Williamson immediately replied and jumped to action creating our brand new site at www.gardenworksproject.org. The new website design allows The GardenWorks Project to easily maintain and update our website to better expand our reach and share more timely information. In addition, the logo has been updated with our new name - The GardenWorks Project. Special thanks to Liz and Todd for your dedication to our mission.

In the News
 
The Gardenworks Project is highlighted in the September/October Issue of Chicagoland Gardening magazine in the Far West Suburbs section by Debbie Notaro. The article is only available to read in the magazine, so pick one up at a local bookstore. The article mention included general information about the background of The GardenWorks Project and highlights this year’s accomplishments. We’re so excited to appear in this highly respected local magazine. Grab your copy today!

LUSH Cosmetics Supports The GardenWorks Project
 
The GardenWorks Project is proud to announce we are a recipient of funding LUSH, an organic, cruelty-free, handmade cosmetics company with products in over 170 stores. Through sales of its Charity Pot lotion, LUSH has donated more than $4,000,000 to over 350 grassroots charities in 31 countries. The GardenWorks Project will be featured on the lid of a body lotion made with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, moisturizing almond oil and fragrant ylang ylang. The generous donation will cover a large portion of the costs to build our residential gardens in 2014. Please visit your local LUSH store (we love the one inside Macy’s in Oak Brook Mall) and give the staff a big thank you for their efforts to support small humanitarian projects in our community.

Open Volunteer Positions
 
The GardenWorks Project is looking for individuals interested in helping hungry families. There are many opportunities to volunteer; however below are current open positions available for the right person/s.

Development Manager
C
ommunity Garden Coordinator
V
egetable Plant Propagator
 
Garden Coaches

Visit our Volunteer page for more information on these and other volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your passion and desire to help others!

Indiegogo Campaign

In early 2013, The GardenWorks project raised funds for our garden builds through a campaign on Indiegogo. Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where groups who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. People contribute for a variety of reasons; either they want to be involved in what the campaign is doing or they want the perks that are offered in exchange for donations. We are currently planning the Indiegogo campaign that will support our 2014 garden builds. We are sourcing perks to offer contributors, and are reaching out to our network to see if anyone has donations or ideas for perks we can provide. Pleasecontact us if you’ve got an idea for a great GardenWorks perk!

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