We're asking YOU to support local youth in our Annual Greening Richmond Together Campaign! Tuesday, Nov 22nd - Nov 29th, we're having an online #GivingTuesday fundraiser to support getting local youth out to National Parks all over the country. This is a vital part of our Green Team's environmental education and restoration work. Whether you can give a lot or give a little, your support will make a difference to our kids. We're calling on our community to support work that supports the growth of youth! Thank you!
The campaign will be officially open for donations Nov. 22nd. Check out the page below!
What makes #GivingTuesday donations special is that they have the opportunity of being matched by other donors; so you can make your support go that much farther! If you wish to contribute now, you can donate at:
"Add special instructions for the seller" to let us know it's a #GivingTuesday donation.
OR Mail To:
249 Tewksbury Ave, Suite A, Richmond, CA 94801
We had a great time celebrating service and planting trees in Plaza One Park last Saturday. Groundwork Richmond has several new youth Green Team members who have recently enrolled in the program and, for some of them, this was their first tree planting. We came together with the Green Team & local community friends to give about 20 trees new homes in the park, and sat down afterwards with celebratory pizza to enjoy our accomplishment! #CommunityLove #GoGreenTeamGWR #ProudofYou #ChangingPlacesChangingLives #GroundworkRich
Last weekend we planted trees at S 42nd St Pocket Park along the Greenway and in surrounding neighborhoods. We had neighbors send in Adopt-A-Tree Forms before the day of the event, so that we could plant trees as a community. Everyone worked hard to get the trees in the ground before the end of the day. During our circle up, Ranger Betty Reid Soskin came to join us along with a few other guests from the National Park Service. It was a welcome surprise. They made it just in time for the unveiling of the newest S 4nd Street community mural on the Greenway that the Green Team has been working so hard on for the past month. Arbor Day ended with well deserved tacos from a local taco truck and the rain came shortly afterwards, just in time to water in the trees. Thank you to all the community members, partners, city council members, and sponsors who made Arbor Day 2016 so beautiful!
For this project we partnered with Richmond Trees and the City of Richmond. The sponsors for this event were PG&E, Cal FIRE, California Climate Investments, and the Urban Forest Advisory Committee.
At the beginning of this month, we took our Green Team to stay at National Park Service cabins in Point Reyes National Seashore. We were invited there to help with this year's 35th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, but we also had a chance to go kayaking with the team. The winds were too strong on the day we went kayaking, so we found a little protected cove to launch from and it started to get sunny right in time for lunch. On the day of the Sand Sculpture Contest we made tacos for all the volunteers and helped with parking duty. The volunteers loved the tacos (they were amazing thanks to our honorary GWR team member, Javi) and overall the kids loved the trip. Experiences like this give them the chance to bond; in making their meals together, going out on the water, hiking, working together, and so on. For many of our team members, work is when they get to go out into the natural wonders that they wouldn't have had the chance to see otherwise. We are so grateful to our partners at the Point Reyes National Park Service for sharing this experience with us all and inviting us back next year! #SummerKayakingAdventures #GoGreenTeamGWR
Groundwork USA wrote a beautiful article on the hard work, dedication, and passion Javier Ochoa-Reyes shared with us these past few years!
Recently we had to say goodbye to our Project Coodinator, Javier Ochoa, who has been made a huge impact on the growth of this organization and in guiding our youth for the past 3 years. We are proud to say he is moving on pursue a civil engineering degree at San Jose State University. He will be sorely missed, but we know he'll do great things wherever he goes.
Find out more below!