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[FERNDALE] – Want to make a difference in Sullivan County? Come to the Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum on Saturday, April 25 to learn how to join with communities throughout the county looking for volunteers to help with their local beautification initiatives.
Sullivan Renaissance will announce its 2015 grant awards during this free event at the CVI Center, 165 Sullivan Avenue in Ferndale. Resources will be distributed to over 50 communities, including: grant checks, Flower Dollars, gardening information and technical advice. The event will feature workshops on gardening, creating videos and leveraging grants; exhibits by several of Sullivan County’s local organizations and businesses; and an indoor market where participants and guests can purchase local, natural and organic goods.
All of these projects receiving grants 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 to bookkeeping to fundraising.
SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE VOLUNTEER CORPS
The Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps is a group of volunteers who provide hands-on assistance to different beautification projects. Corps members participate in at least eight volunteer opportunities between now and the middle of October. To accommodate various needs, these opportunities are scheduled on different days and times at locations throughout Sullivan County.
The first Volunteer Corps Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE GARDENING TRAININGS
For individuals who are unsure how to garden, Sullivan Renaissance and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are presenting a series of freeGardening Trainings. The next class is May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerald Skoda Extension Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Register online at www.SullivanRenaissance.org or by calling 845-295-2445.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.