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COMMUNITY PARTNER AND VOLUNTEERS BRING BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER KINGSPORT RAISED GARDEN BEDS TO LIFE
March 25, 2017, Kingsport, TN – The sound of hammers, the smell of fertile soil, and the promise of a bountiful harvest were on the agenda on March 25, 2017, at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport’s Eastman Center, as Club members and community volunteers brought seven raised gardening beds to life during Volunteer Day. The event highlights the positive impact that is possible from strong community partnerships.
The raised beds support the Boys & Girls Club health and life skills program area. The project provides a tremendous opportunity not only for Club members to get active outdoors but also to learn about gardening and the plants they grow. They can also enjoy the fresh food and flowers that result from their efforts. The impact of educating and inspiring healthy habits can expand beyond Club members to influence healthy habits for their families and the broader community.
The Volunteer Day activity at the Eastman Center, one of four operating units of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, was sponsored by Eastman Foundation. This support enabled participation of Appalachian Sustainable Development and xx Vanderbilt student volunteers.
For the past two years, non-profit partner, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has provided their Learning Landscapes program to the Boys & Girls Club’s Eastman Center. Learning Landscapes is an outdoor educational experience that teaches children about where their food comes from and when possible, also provides fresh, healthy food for children to take home. Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, in association with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, offers students experiential education about social capital and the positive local impact made possible through community service and partnerships.
“This is always a special time at the Club,” says Lisa Beilharz, CEO and President of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport. “We’re grateful for the commitment of our community to help us create opportunities for our Club members to enjoy a unique and rewarding learning experience.”
If you’d like to follow the gardening adventures of the Eastman Center Boys & Girls Club, follow the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport on Facebook or visit www.kbgc.org.
About Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport inspires and enables young people to realize their potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Any school age child may become a member. The organization’s strategy to provide a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence is achieved through focused efforts in five program areas: education and career development; health and life skills; sports, fitness and social recreation; the arts; and character and leadership development. The organization operates four Clubs: Eastman Center, Cloud, Riverview, and Hawkins County. Their 2017 operating budget is $1,127,227, of which about 19% is expected from United Way. For more information visit www.kbgc.org.
About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Appalachian Sustainable Development is a 501 c(3) dedicated to its mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food. Since 1995, ASD has been serving northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia by creating jobs in farming and agriculture and addressing food insecurity. As ASD’s work continues, it will expand its focus to include regional partnerships that build important connections to increase market access and bring necessary resources to the rural communities in its physical footprint.
For more information visit www.asdevelop.org, Facebook or Twitter.