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WBEZ Community Champion Day of Service at I Grow Chicago

Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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Community Champion:

Tameka Lawson

Organization Mission:

I Grow Chicago is a non-profit, 501-c-3 corporation and their service area includes Englewood, South Shore, South Chicago, Roseland, parts of Auburn-Gresham, and parts of Woodlawn. After eight years of working in the community, they have created a plan for I Grow Chicago’s Urban Farm, Green Community Healing / Educational Center and Sanctuary.  This center will serve as an economic engine to begin to solve the myriad aggregation of multi-generational economic, health, and mental problems caused by poverty. They plan to seize the opportunity to turn a food desert into an oasis through community and economic development using a self-sustaining model.

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Project Description:

Volunteers will help to support the new Green Community Healing/Educational Center and Sanctuary by hosting a neighborhood meal event that will engage community members. Volunteers will serve lunch to the community, manage an arts and craft table, manage a game table, and sort books for the Literary Fest.


With volunteer help, more prep work can be done, more beds are created, more plants are planted and this results in more wholesome, healthy, fresh food that is integrated into the cafeteria of all 3 schools. WBEZ volunteers will dig out already existing garden beds, move compost/ soil into the beds, plant seedlings into the beds, fertilize and water seedlings, and pick up trash around surrounding school yard.

The more prep work that is done, the more beds that are created, the more plants that are planted means that more wholesome, healthy, fresh food can be integrated into the cafeteria of these schools. Build more garden beds, fill beds with soil/ compost, paint garden beds, plant seedlings, water seedlings, plant bulbs/ flowers in surrounding school yard, pick up trash in surrounding school yard

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When & Where

I Grow Chicago
6402 S. Honore
Chicago, IL 60636

Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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Chicago Cares connects people, communities and causes through volunteerism. As the city’s leading nonprofit service organization, Chicago Cares has engaged more than 500,000 volunteers through 250 monthly programs, corporate programming and annual events. It is the only nonprofit that addresses needs across the full spectrum—from hunger to education to job readiness—by nimbly creating impactful, hands-on programming benefiting hundreds of community nonprofits. In the process, Chicago Cares empowers people to lead and transforms the city for good by offering a platform for collaboration, civic engagement and long-term change. For more information, visit

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