The CPR committee offers awards to not-for-profit groups which help to improve the city whether directly through planting trees and flowers or more indirectly through educating the next generation of gardeners in school garden programs.
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Listed below are the SFGC donations at work. The San Francisco Garden Club is a philanthropic organization. Our efforts; the fundraisers, signature events, silent auctions, centerpiece raffles all result in making the City a better place.
This is clearly demonstrated in the actions of the CPR committee. We are proud to announce the awards granted for 2015. Our focus was on organizations serving a significant number of individuals; addressing traditional under-served populations and providing a lasting impact. The committee decided to focus on three organizations out of the seven applications. The philosophy was to provide significant funds allowing a more substantial impact on the programs.
1. Hamilton Family Home:
Hamilton Housing maintains housing in the Tenderloin for 20 homeless families in 2 apartment houses conjoined by a courtyard garden. Part of the benefit of living, even briefly, in such shelters is the possibility of safely enjoying the open air and attractive planting.
2. Tenderloin Development Corporation Community Garden :
Through the Community Garden project, TNDC residents and community members gain access to fresh, healthy food and learn how to improve their health through better nutrition.
Aligning with The San Francisco Garden Club’s goals, this garden project beautifies the city, engages the community, and helps low-income people of all ages and ethnicities grow fresh food in the Tenderloin.
TNDC offers free use of five urban gardens. The largest and publicly accessible garden, the Tenderloin People’s Garden, is located across from City Hall. Community members can plant, tend, and harvest food at this garden; likewise residents living in one of four buildings with roof top gardens can also grow their own vegetables. The People’s Garden now includes a vertical garden. Over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce were produced last year in these gardens.
3. Urban Sprouts:
Urban Sprouts began several years ago with one teacher in one elementary school but has now been subsumed by the San Francisco Parks Alliance and has expanded its programs to five middle and high schools. One school is run by the juvenile justice system as a way to rehabilitate the young people.
Previous CPR Award recipients include Friends of the Urban Forest, Education Outside, SF Parks Alliance (McLaren Park), Mission Kids Preschool and Alcatraz Island.