Special Event Details

Earth Day of Service 2011

Dates: 4/23/2011 - 4/23/2011

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb

About Earth Day of Service
On Saturday, April 23, 2011 corporate and community members will celebrate Earth Day in collaboration with the L.A. Community Garden Council. Volunteers will partake in an environmental service project to create a community garden and upgrade an existing garden area. The community garden is in a residential neighborhood in Watts, less than 3-miles from an L.A. Historic Cultural Monument, the Watts Towers. Activities for the existing garden include planting native, drought resistant species around electrical towers and along the fence perimeters. Activities for the new garden include extending the height of an existing fence, clearing bushes, turning the soil and installing a faucet/spigot irrigation system. Volunteers will also remove graffiti on bordering walls, newly protected by the extended fence.

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The community will manage the gardens and plant vegetables and fruits in their leased plots. There is already a list of community members waiting to receive gardening plots

Benefits of Community Gardens
Improves the quality of life for people in the community. Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development. Stimulates Social Interaction. Encourages Self-Reliance. Beautifies Neighborhoods. Produces Nutritious Food. Reduces Family Food Budgets. Conserves Resources. Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education. Reduces Crime. Preserves Green Space. Creates income opportunities and economic development. Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots. Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.

Hours: 8:30am - 12:30/1pm includes registration/check-in, morning orientation, project and clean up.

Location: Volunteers must register in advance. After signing up, complete project information will be provided.

TAKE ACTION:
Sponsor Earth Day of Service and Volunteer as a Group: Priority selection for volunteer project and marketing opportunities. Funds from Earth Day sponsors help cover the costs of the day's events and contribute to L.A. Works free ongoing volunteer programming that is available to individuals and nonprofits all year long. Please contact Reena@laworks.com, 323-224-6510, for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

A HUGE Shout-Out to Sponsors who have already committed to support Earth Day of Service 2011: TravelStore, bgreen/Nature USA, Starbucks Coffee, Clean Agency, Corner Bakery, Alacer, LÄRABAR, and Costco.

Join a Committee: take a leadership role in planning and participating in the day or become an Event Captain and help lead a group of volunteers on the day. Contact Porsha@laworks.com, 323-224-6510 for details.