It’s that time of year again when we ask you to consider making a donation to support the Community Garden Coalition via the CoMoGives local giving campaign.
This was a great year for our group. We’ve expanded our services with more raised beds and equipment for disabled and elderly gardeners, while increasing the number of neighborhood gardens (check out Britt/Hall at Fire Station #8). But here’s the really big news — we’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2023!
We may be one of the smallest all-volunteer, nonprofits in this area but we are mighty. What started in 1983 as a way to help some low-income residents produce their own healthy food has grown into a community-wide pursuit with hundreds of people from all walks of life participating. Obviously, we couldn’t have done this on our own — over the years we’ve had financial help from the City of Columbia, the United Way, the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, Walmart and Sam’s Club to name a few of the larger organizations. We’ve also relied on donations of land use, time, materials and money from thousands of generous individuals over the years.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, we’re counting on your support once again! It’s easy to give to CGC and all your favorite local nonprofits at www.comogives.com now through December 31.
Why should you donate?
- Over half of local community gardeners are at or below the federal poverty level and the gardens are a significant source of healthy food for their families.
- Community gardens not only improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables but, increase physical activity and reduce stress.
- Community gardens fill vacant lots with neighbors who work together, creating social ties that build a greater feeling of community and safety
- Community gardens improve the air and soil, increase biodiversity and reduce stormwater runoff and the carbon footprint of our gardeners.
- All donations to the CGC go 100% to member gardens because we’re an all-volunteer nonprofit.
So please consider giving to our organization during CoMoGives. Any amount will help and small donations are our bread and butter!
Whether or not you’re able to give, thank you for a being a friend and supporter!
Kathy Doisy, President
Jenny McDonald, Vice-President
Bill McKelvey, Treasurer