The Charitable Projects Committee administers the Charitable Projects Fund for Shaker Lakes Garden Club. An endowment and generous contributions from our members and friends enable SLGC to make gifts to organizations that support our mission to educate and promote activities related to environmental protection, conservation, horticulture, and gardening. Generally, requests for proposals are sent out at the beginning of each year. The committee weighs the merits and our ability to fulfill requests. Our recipients, in varied ways, promote our goals on local and national levels. The Charitable Projects Fund is a wonderful vehicle for SLGC to make a positive impact on our world.
Thank you to all members who contributed this past year. We raised over $12,800. The two projects the Club voted on in 2018 to receive grants of $3500:
The Onaway /Lomond Community Garden
Mission: To have students take an active role in growing plants and designing habitat native to our region and create partnerships within the community to educate others on the need for preservation.
History: The Garden Clubs of Onaway and Lomond are entering their second year. The students learn through guided inquiry about our local ecosystem and “adopt” native birds and butterflies to support the flowers, shrubs, vines and trees endemic to our region. Our clubs serve over 100 children across two buildings and we work on a ten-class cycle that culminates in a handful of planting dates in April and May.
Proposal: The Onaway/Lomond Garden Club is asking for monies to purchase plants (one plant for each student, chosen by them) and proper signage to educate the community. Our goal is to nurture thoughtful citizens who think critically. We teach basic gardening skills and foster the idea of creating a habitat. The students gain ownership of the shared public space and a sustainable legacy is left for the future.
The Western Reserve Conservancy Tree Project
Organizational Mission: To provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration.
Proposal: The Western Reserve Land Conservancy is seeking funding from SLGC to conduct a Tree Steward Training at East End Neighborhood House and Tree Planting at Ubuntu Park in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. The Tree Steward program is a model for educating and engaging residents (largely minority and low-income) on the benefits of trees and creating tree stewardship activities to collectively have a positive impact on the environment and increase climate resiliency throughout Cleveland. To date, the program has had 185 graduates.
Ubuntu Park is a project of the East End Neighborhood House and is designed to be a place where people can come to gather with one another and to be in a community together. Construction of the park is expected to begin later this year and funding from SLGC would fund both the steward training and the trees. This training is open to neighborhood residents and interested volunteers. Following the training, a planting day will take place where 15 trees will be planted on the site.
The following organizations also received donations from SLGC:
Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park “All Rivers Run," camp scholarships: $2,000
Cleveland Institute of Art Green Roof Project: $2,500
Click here for the 2017-2018 Shaker Lakes Garden Club Request for Proposal Form if you would like to nominate a worthy organization. Members may adopt and sponsor proposals made by non-members.
Past Charitable Project Recipients
$5000 Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute: Planting the Seeds of a Second Chance: Horticulture 101 at Grafton Correctional Institution
$4000 Nature Center At Shaker Lakes: plants and equipment for habitat restoration and education project
$2500 Conservancy For Cuyahoga Valley National Park: renewal of summer camper scholarship support
$1000 Boys Hope Girls Hope: funding for summer session Farm-To-Table programmingincluding horticulture and healthy eating practices
$1000 Shaker Historical Society: funding for lLandscape site development at the Society
$1400 Katherine Grosscup Scholarship/GCA, as designated by individual donors
Open this link for a list of Charitable Project Recipients back to 2000.