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Vote to help Family Resource Center win $25,000!

11/03/2016 8:03 AM by

VOTE HERE to help the East District Family Resource Center win $25,000!

Vote Now to Help EDFRC Global Leadership, Solar Greenhouse and Nutrition Wellness Lab **Win $25,000**

EDFRC Global Leadership, Solar Greenhouse and Nutrition Wellness Lab
Made The Top 200 Causes and Needs Your Votes

Richmond, VA October 27, 2016 – Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. Now EDFRC Global Leadership, Solar Greenhouse and Nutrition Wellness Lab in Richmond, VA needs your help by voting for them to bring funding to the organization.

From Oct. 26 through Nov.4, anyone with a valid email address can vote for East District Family Resource Center (EDFRC) at http://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/1983496 to help it receive a $25,000 grant. EDFRC’s mission statement: “Building Our Community – One Neighbor at a Time” and here’s more information about the project provided by the agency’s Executive Director:

“Building leaders and focusing partnerships around wealth- and health-impacts”

Low-income African-Americans, which is over 86% of Richmond’s historic East End communities, are affected by poor food access, more than any other group in the City of Richmond. As a food desert community, a place where residents have to travel over a 1 mile radius to secure food, the East End lacks access to sources from which consistent fresh and healthy food networks could be garnered. In this manner, chronic health problems which can be controlled by diet, plague community residents. A solar greenhouse would provide increased access to fresh produce year-round, training opportunities in workforce development and industry labor to aid residents facing food as well as income insecurities. As an alternative energy project, a solar greenhouse would meet the following objectives for youth as well as community residents: 1) encourage the study of inter-disciplinary subject matter; 2) increase knowledge of small scale urban farming technology and skills.
In collaborative partnership with partner organizations throughout the City of Richmond, the solar greenhouse project will assist to offer cultural competency as well as community-based intervention strategies will be used for training resources of program staff, volunteers and participants. Community participatory action research support will also include assisting to drive cutting edge public health concerns, issues, and effort reports to local city officials. Additionally, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality water quality and energy efficient equipment/program workshops partnered with ECEA Systems, Inc. will assist to provide innovative equipment that may support pilots for control, sensing, and monitoring of agriculture. It is also our agency’s vision to become the hub or connector of community conversation and local forums in order for business owners, public/safety officials, residents, and other vested organization networks around food access/policy issues.

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On Nov. 30, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.


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