Equality Garden Club Donates $3,500 to the Wilton Manors Kids in Distress Program
Equality Garden Club (EGC) has donated $3,500 to the Wilton Manors Kids in Distress (KID) program. The funds will be used to help develop and teach horticultural programs for the children in their care.
The program will provide the children a hands-on program and classroom based curriculum with the goal of growing and producing their own food and then getting to eat what they grow. “Learning a skill like growing vegetables and plants will be helpful in the children’s overall development,” according to Chuck Nicholls, EGC Board Trustee.
According to Mark Dhooge, President/CEO Kids in Distress, “We are so appreciative that your team recognizes that vision we would like to instill in our children. We believe significantly in teaching our kids sustainability from both gardening and environmental perspectives and it is my hope that forging a partnership with the Equality Garden Club will further that vision!”
John Albee of the Urban Farming Institute, in Oakland Park, FL will be developing the program curriculum. EGC’s donation will pay the instructors for the program and provide volunteers for the club’s membership to work with the KID’s program in the growing areas as well as the classroom. The money donated by EGC will act as seed money to launch the program and should cover the first two semesters of instructors, creating raised beds for growing, and the supplies for the classroom and garden.
According to Paul Durbin, President of the EGC, the program is a match made in heaven for him because it combines his two passions: gardening and community outreach. “I was raised to believe you give back to your community. I believe in this passionately and always have. KID is a very worthy cause and located right in our community.”
Kids in Distress
Kids in Distress of Broward and Palm Beach Counties (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children.
Equality Garden Club
Equality Garden Club is a non-profit garden club, based in Wilton Manors.
The club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM in the Wilton Manors Hagen Park Community Center, providing world-class speakers to educate and entertain the membership. Additionally, the club hosts the popular Annual Plant Fair in March at Richardson Park.