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Plant a Seed – Give Something Back to Your Community

April 8, 2014

[FERNDALE] – Want to make a difference in Sullivan County?  Communities throughout the county are inviting volunteers to help them with their local beautification initiatives.     

Sullivan Renaissance provides funding for a variety of community projects at its annual Spring Forum on April 24 at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  All of these projects are led and implemented by volunteers who create and care for gardens, parks and other public spaces while growing community spirit and pride. 

Each of these efforts can benefit from extra support.

Most of these groups need help with the gardening.  But many can also use assistance with everything from event planning and general labor to bookkeeping and fundraising.  Whether one has 20 minutes a day or one hour during the summer, these projects will benefit from the skills and involvement of many different individuals.


The Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps is a group of volunteers that is organized to provide hands-on assistance to several different beautification projects.  Corps members agree to participate in at least eight gardening opportunities between the middle of April and the middle of October.  To accommodate various needs, these opportunities are scheduled on different days and times at locations around Sullivan County.

The first Volunteer Corps Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the CVI Center in Ferndale.  This is an opportunity to learn about area beautification projects and the Volunteer Corps program.  For information about how to get involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cara Kowalski at 845-295-2405 or


For individuals who are unsure how to garden, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and Sullivan Renaissance are presenting a series of free Gardening Trainings.  The next class is May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gerald Skoda Extension Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  Register online at or by calling 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.