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In honor of Dr. King: Hands On helps community gardens on MLKholiday

  • Subject: [cg] In honor of Dr. King: Hands On helps community gardens on MLKholiday
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 09:56:28 -0800 (PST)

Website:
www.handsonnetwork.org/news/frontpage-news-items/mlk06/
Jan. 16, 06 (posted)

Hands On Network King Day events help community
gardens

(Note: the 'Hands On' program is a corporate-based
volunteer program. In Charlotte, volunteers from
corporations and civic groups do a daylong service
project. They've helped spread mulch, prepare garden
beds and other useful things in a number of community
and school gardens. This is about their MLK Day
project, with notes from Miami and Nashville, where
they are specifically targeting community gardening.
DB)

FROM THE HANDS ON WEBSITE

Hands On Network has created a national program of
service that honors Dr. King and highlights every
persons capacity to make a difference. During the
King Holiday 2006 weekend, Hands On Network will offer
vibrant and substantive programming, combining
large-scale service projects and innovative civil
rights content in more than 30 cities. 

Hands On Network leads a national civic movement
bringing people together to tackle tough community
problems through service. We are a growing Network of
local nonprofit organizations that act as civic action
centershelping people be the change in their
communities through effective volunteer action. The
Hands On approach inspires volunteers, creates
leaders, and changes lives. 

Hands On is rooted in the belief that every individual
has the power to make a difference. We know that
engaged citizens are the cornerstone of a vibrant
democracy, and that effective volunteer action is a
path to broader civic involvement. Hands On is a
proven approach to community gain, a unique network of
innovative organizations, and a broad movement
advancing civic engagement. Our work is characterized
by action, innovation and impact.

ABOUT HANDS ON'S KING DAY PROJECTS

Martin Luther King Day Hands-On Projects including
Community Gardens

Hands On Miami 
January 14, 2006 
Hands On Miamis Martin Luther King, Jr. 2006 Day of
Service will take place in and serve Miamis Overtown,
a historic African-American inner city community near
downtown Miami on Saturday, January 14. Overtown is
located in one of the oldest, poorest, and most
underserved areas of Miami-Dade County. The needs in
Overtown are great and Hands On Miami is working with
many partners including community service
organizations, local government, houses of worship,
and Overtown residents to plan service projects for
MLK Day that are needed and desired by the Overtown
community. Project may include cleaning-up vacant lots
where community gardens will be planted in conjunction
with the City of Miami Overtown Neighborhood
Enhancement Team (Overtown NET); planting and
maintaining existing community gardens in conjunction
with Roots in the City; sprucing up the environment
through landscaping and painting educational murals in
conjunction with Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School,
Douglass Gardens Elementary School and Booker T.
Washington High School; and doing upkeep and
refurbishment work to several historically significant
buildings, including Lyric Theater, Dorsey House and
Chapman House, in conjunction with the Black Archives.
During breakfast and check-in, Hands On Miami will
broadcast recordings of Dr. Kings speeches followed
by speakers who will discuss the history of Overtown
and/or their personal experiences during the Civil
Rights Movement. 

Target: 400 volunteers 

Hands On Nashville 
January 14, 2006 
On MLK Day 2006, Hands On Nashville plans to launch an
innovative year-round program, Growing HopeA Garden
Project to Combat Food Insecurity and Strengthen
Community. The program will provide hands-on flexible
managed projects for children, teens and adults, and
include opportunities for leadership opportunities,
deeper immersion and issue education including
community education on the causes and symptoms of food
insecurity. Food insecurity often manifests itself
inner city communities that lack a sufficient number
of easily accessible grocery stores that carry fresh
fruits and vegetables. 

On Saturday, January 14, Hands On Nashville will
engage over 20 Kids Care Clubs (approximately 125
children ages 512, in age-appropriate educational
activities that teach about food insecurity and its
demonstration in Nashville. In partnership with
Bethlehem Centers, Hands On Nashville will present a
seminar on Urban Community Gardening, available to any
member of the community interested in learning more
about sustainable urban food resources such as gardens
and farmers markets. Additionally, children, teens
and adult volunteers, will engage in community service
garden projects that will include starting seeds under
grow lights for planting in the spring; testing the
soil on vacant inner-city plot(s) for the community
garden (weather permitting); lot clearing and brush
removal on site at the Garden (weather permitting);
designing vegetable and herb name tags to mark the
rows once planted; making a no-cook organic vegetable
dish that is seasonally appropriate and locally grown
to illustrate potential uses of the vegetables and
herbs; and designing and painting a sign to name the
new community garden and creating garden stones for
the pathway. 

Target: 625 volunteers 


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