CLIMB CDC is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast to create a community garden | Events
YouthBuild-AmeriCorps, a program of CLIMB Community Development Corporation, is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast and its IMPACT 2013 AmeriCorps members to create a Community Garden and Play House for youth.
These collaborative activities will take place on the grounds of the Boys & Girls Clubs Forest Heights Center during the week of April 22. As part of Volunteer Mississippi’s AmeriCorps National Volunteer Week, CLIMB CDC and Boys & Girls Clubs AmeriCorps members and volunteers will put their creative talents to work, and dig into the dirt as they create a sustainable landscape, planter boxes for fruits, vegetables and flowers and an outdoor youth playhouse. Support for this event includes an Azteca Shine On Grant awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast and in-kind resources provided by CLIMB CDC.
Answering the call to the national ‘Let’s Move Initiative”, CLIMB CDC and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast will hold a groundbreaking and a ceremonial planting of the garden. “Let’s Move” is a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama, to respond to the challenge of child obesity by encouraging physical activity, healthy eating, and parental education. The completion of the community garden will be celebrated on Friday April 26 during the United Way of South Mississippi’s Day of Caring. United Way business volunteers will participate in the Community Garden project and Boys & Girls Clubs Forest Heights youth members will be present on Friday to view their new garden and enjoy the playhouse.
“This project is a prime example of how collaboration between nonprofit agencies and volunteers can benefit the youth in our community for years to come,” commented Lori West, CEO of CLIMB CDC. She added, “Establishing a youth community garden connects our youth and their parents to how food is grown and educates them on the value of hard work by producing their own food and encouraging more nutritious eating.”
“The IMPACT 2013 AmeriCorps members are in direct service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast in which the members work with youth in program activities in 5 Core areas,” stated Tawana Banks, Director of AmeriCorps. “Our Health and Life Skills core area encourages our youth to Be Healthy for a GREAT future. This project will continue to encourage youth to reduce obesity and increase healthy eating and exercise.”
In addition to staff of the 2 sponsoring agencies, participants include AmeriCorps youth members from CLIMB CDC’s YouthBuild program, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast and IRD Gulf Coast, volunteers from United Way, and students of Café Climb, another program CLIMB CDC’s Workforce Training Institute. Up to 80 persons will participate in this week-long event.
Funded by the US Department of Labor and sponsored by CLIMB CDC, YouthBuild is an innovative 9- month program designed to assist at-risk youth with learning a valuable trade and gaining experience in leadership, community service, and teamwork. YouthBuild students also earn college scholarships through service in AmeriCorps, a national program that fosters community service.
CLIMB CDC (www.climbcdc.org) is a Mississippi non-profit charity and community development agency that provides workforce training, housing and financial counseling, housing development and disaster recovery services in the Gulf Region with a focus on South Mississippi. In partnership with local and regional organizations and donors, CLIMB CDC builds sustainable, community-based programs for low and moderate income residents, including its Workforce Training Institute.
Current disaster response programs are directed to those affected by the Oil Spill and Hurricane Isaac. The agency is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that is governed by a Board of local community and business leaders.
Location of the Community Garden
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast Forest Heights Center
201 Holly Circle
Gulfport, MS 39501
Ribbon Cutting: 3:30 p.m., Friday April 26
Information source: CLIMB Community Development Corporation.