Today Health Justice CT announced that Summer of Solutions Hartford won the Health Justice CT Challenge and the $10,000 award from the Connecticut Health Foundation!
Thanks to the hard work of dozens of people over the past two weeks, Summer of Solutions Hartford will have $10,000 to invest in increasing food access in Hartford through our summer program. We are so grateful for everyone who voted daily, asked their Facebook friends to vote, recruited coworkers, emailed their whole address book, brought up the challenge in meetings, “retweeted” our updates, and encouraged us along the way.
We were up against some tough competition, and it was your commitment and enthusiasm that made the difference.
I am so excited for the work we get to do this summer. With this $10,000 we will be able to expand el Jardín de Zion St by building 50 new raised beds. We can provide need-based stipends for our program participants so 15 young people can experience a life-changing summer of change-making and personal growth. We can provide meals to our team and give back to the local farmers who helped support us last summer by donating their produce. Just give me a call if you’d like to stop by and see the garden or help us out on a free day this summer. I hope you’ll sign up to receive occasional updates on our progress here: http://bit.ly/GBfUF5 so we can share success stories and opportunities for you to get involved.
And remember, the Summer of Solutions is a team effort, so if you know young people between the ages of 14 and 30 who might want to spend their summer learning as leaders and building urban gardens, please encourage them to apply to participate here: www.grandaspirations.org. Check it out even if you’re not in CT- There are 16 Summer of Solutions programs across the country!
Again, thank you for all of your support and persistence. You rock!
Summer of Solutions Hartford
* Summer of Solutions Hartford is a summer leadership and food justice training program for youth ages 14-30. We are working to break down barriers to healthy food access and build long-term solutions for a healthier Frog Hollow, Hartford through urban farming, community organizing, and youth empowerment.