Let’s Grow Garden Project

AmericorpsAmeriCorps, a  federal program devoted to engaging adults in community service,  helps others and meets critical needs in the community.
Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities nationwide for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. This year, from March 9-17, we recognize those who serve in our communities during National AmeriCorps Week.
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Hundreds of events are taking place across the United States: service projects, recruitment fairs, school presentations, alumni gatherings, awards ceremonies, and more. This year, AmeriCorps members in Phoenix will be kicking off AmeriCorps week by participating in the Let’s Grow Garden Project.
Let’s Grow is a garden project promoting access to healthy foods for residents in three public housing communities. In the fall of 2012, Cities of Service announced that it had awarded Phoenix a $100,000 grant to implement two service initiatives: Let’s Grow and Cool Roofs, a strategy designed to address high energy usage in city buildings. The City of Phoenix is working in partnership with HandsOn Greater Phoenix and Valley Permaculture Alliance to implement these initiatives. Phoenix is one of 18 U.S. cities to be awarded a grant to support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers in a strategic way to address priority problems in their communities.
AmeriCorps members will be responsible for the initial groundwork on the Let’s Grow garden project. The HandsOn Greater Phoenix VISTA Team, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits VISTA Team, and the American Red Cross National Preparedness and Response Corps will collaborate their efforts on Monday, March 11, 2013 to break ground on these garden sites.

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