Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friends in Gasca Gardens Partners with G-Team for the FIGG Kids’ Place Initiative

Friends in Gasca Gardens Partners with G-Team for the FIGG Kids’ Place Initiative
The Kids’ Growing Place program to provide education and supplies for local at-risk youth

Tempe, AZ – Friends in Gasca Gardens (FIGG) and G-Team (http://www.groupon.com/g-team), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to purchase educational supplies for local at-risk students working in FIGG’s Kids’ Place Garden.

The Kids’ Growing Place campaign will be available on Groupon Phoenix’s G-Team page beginning on Tuesday, October 11th through Thursday, October 13th.  Utilizing G-Team’s collective action model, Groupon followers can pledge support for the FIGG Kids’ Place Initiative in increments of $10.  If 30 people give $10, then Friends in Gasca Gardens will be able to fund the Kids’ Growing Place program which will provide one Tempe after-school program group of at-risk youth 2-3 visits to the garden throughout the growing cycle.  Every additional $50 provides one additional Kids’ Growing Place program session at the Gasca Community Garden.

“We are excited to employ the collective action model of G-Team to raise support for FIGG’s Kids’ Place,” said Pam Smyth, President.  “We look forward to creating new awareness for Friends in Gasca Gardens as one of the first local organizations in the Phoenix-metro area to be featured on G-Team.”

100% of the G-Team campaign proceeds will be used for purchasing tools, supplies required for one growing season, and educational materials necessary to expose at-risk children to a hands-on, outdoor classroom experience in the garden.

The Kids’ Growing Place campaign aims to: give one group of at-risk children the opportunity to participate in 2-3 visits to the garden in order to participate in the food growing cycle, from soil preparation to planting through harvesting; teach at-risk children where their food comes from and how to garden using pesticide-free and non-toxic organic gardening methods; teach children the health benefits of eating tasty, home-grown vegetables; and to address the growing concern over obesity prevalence in children.

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