Community Support Needed for "Seeds of Change" Grant

Posted by: Debbie Goldne on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program for an opportunity to win one of two $20,000, five $10,000 grants or ten $1,000 grants and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application. The Grant Program aims to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities. The grants will be awarded to organizations that help support sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs that focus on teaching people about the food they eat and how it’s grown.garden-photo

Last month, the Seeds of Change® Grant Program accepted hundreds of applications from organizations and schools across the country. The JCC submitted an application highlighting how they would use a Seeds of Change® Grant to grow their gardening program and achieve their goals. From now through April 27, the community can get out the vote and support local gardening and farming programs by visiting the Seeds of Change® Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seedsofchange or www.seedsofchangegrant.com and voting once per day. After voting closes on April 27, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase.  Seeds of Change® will announce the 34 grant recipients around May 12.

The JCC established a Community Garden in 2014.  Children from the JCC’s Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach planted and maintained the garden with assistance from volunteers and JCC Staff.  Funds received from a grant would serve to expand on the JCC Community Garden in 2015.

For more information about Seeds of Change® or the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com. Funding for the Seeds of Change® Grant Program comes from the 1% Fund, the company’s commitment to donate one percent of net sales to community-based nutrition and gardening programs. Residents can also follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #SeedsofChangeGrant.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is located at 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater.  The JCC is a social service agency that serves Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, providing fitness, recreational, social, cultural and educational programs for the entire community.  The state-of-the-art facility includes an indoor salt based pool, outdoor salt based heated pool with dome enclosure during the off season, gymnasium, fitness center, group fitness studio featuring the Les Mills fitness program, Blaustein Early Childhood Center (ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten), JCC Camp Ruach (ages 15 months through 9th Grade), Bridgewater Tide Swim Team, J-Crew After School Program (Grades K-6) and Summer Swim Club. The JCC is pleased to host the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team.   For additional information, visit the JCC website at www.ssbjcc.org.

Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture.  For more information about Seeds of Change® visit www.seedsofchange.com for seed products and www.seedsofchangefoods.com for food products.seeds-of-change-image

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