The Annapolis Rd. Greening Project is moving forward and latest developments include a schedule of dates to volunteer, and collaboration with local businesses, and non-profits. You can find the greening/cleanup schedule on our Facebook page and the gallery below.
When I first started planning this initiative, the task was overwhelming. I kept asking myself, how are we going to accomplish clean up, beautification and sustainability of site. All too often, initiatives like this start, get momentum but die once the organizer leaves. Working with non-profits nearly ten years helped me develop a skill I don’t take for granted, the ability to build partnerships with folks who share a common ethos. Here are our partners thus far and their roles in this project. I’m extremely thankful and blessed to be working with them.
Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. – Mattie Stepanek
Parks and People Foundation – It was actually Parks and People that initially reached out to both Keisha and I via email asking if we (WNA) would be interested in adopting the three lots. Their mission is focused on greening Baltimore, and they have various projects, programs and initiatives that revolve around environmental stewardship. Parks and People are our knowledge/green thumb partner. They are also implementing the buffer management plan.
Additionally, teens who need Student Service Learning (SSL) hours can obtain them by volunteering at our cleanups. Parks and People will facilitate the awarding of hours.
Sagamore Development – It was a casual conversation at one of the WNA meetings that turned into a fortuitous opportunity where they indicated interest in helping via in kind support. Renting heavy equipment is costly, and they have the willingness to support us in this endeavor. On May 13th, Sagamored mowed minor weeds.
Volunteering Untapped – A newly minted non-profit that is focused on volunteering, and specifically connecting young professionals with volunteering opportunities. They usually have a large crowd of willing volunteers, sometimes up to one hundred volunteers. For the size of our lots, the more, the merrier. I reached out to them via cold email, and our site was assessed, reviewed and they even paid us a visit to scope out the location. I’m specially thrilled and looking forward to their help in June.
Weed Warriors – A program under Tree Baltimore with a mission to remove invasive species in the city. Part of their program includes educating residents about invasive weeds and certification to be authorized to remove invasive plants in city park property. Because, although WNA adopted the lots, the property is still city-owned.
Wheelabrator Baltimore – You can actually see the Wheelabrator from the site and our published photos. At our March meeting, one of the representatives from the company indicated interest in helping us maintain the site also by mowing as in kind support and also engaging their employees in a site cleanup.
The next phase of this project is to implement the buffer management plan, and removal of bigger invasive plants that require city permission. This summer I’ll reach out to youth focused non-profits so we can host volunteering days for youth next fall and those students can earn SSL hours. If you want to schedule your company employees or you work with youth who need SSL hours, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to collaborating and getting things done