The Cumberland Office of Children, Youth and Learning, Students, Teachers and Community Members
Hands & Hearts Needed!
Sustainable garden programs need lots of people doing lots of good things.
- Volunteers – That would be most of you! Volunteer where and when you can.
- Pied Pipers – Tell every school and youth organization in your community or school district about the Children's Garden Network.
- Community Organizers – Call a meeting and invite people to start a conversation. Repeat.
- Parents - With all you have to do, you may still enjoy becoming engaged in your child's garden education program in any number of ways.
- PTO Members – Explore how your organization can support and/or finance a school or youth garden.
- Fundraisers – Help your community identify potential sources of funding – donations, grants, sponsorships, pro-bono and in-kind products and services.
- Garden Clubs & Associations - Explore the many connections between your work and your local schools and youth organizations.
- Florists, Garden Centers & Nurseries - Ditto!
- The Press, Print and Broadcast Media – Highlight school garden efforts and tell the community about them.
- Marketing Professionals - Offer your assistance to develop logos, newsletters and other materials.
- Teachers – Use the resources on the CGN site to help you incorporate garden activities into the classroom.
- Administrators – Support garden education programs at your school or in your school district as essential to reaching your educational goals.
- Land Trusts, Environmental and Conservation Groups - Explore ways to connect your work and resources tp children's garden programs.
- Local businesses – Become a sponsor or donor, adopt a school, offer technical assistance, products and services.
- Local politicians – Help your local school and youth organizations understand local ordinances and regulations, provide introductions in the community, build relationships.
- Members of Congress – Identify for schools and youth organizations potential grants, appropriations, national programs and other sources of funding and support. Write about them in your office newsletters.
Anyone else want a job to do? Find something you like to do wherever you are. Every little bit helps build a successful children's garden program in your community!