P-5061

WPL MG Giving Garden

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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Westmont, IL

Total Budget: $500

Areas of Focus: Basic education and literacy, The environment

Activity Type: Food/Agriculture: Volunteer Services

Summary: The Westmont Public Library has a straw bale garden project which provides fresh produce for People's Resource Center in Westmont, IL with a secondary mission of educating community members on home gardening.


Project, community, and Westmont Rotary club members involvement: WPL MG Giving Garden includes University of Illinois trained Master Gardener volunteers. Our primary mission is to provide fresh produce to People's Resource Center in Westmont. In 2023, the garden donated over 140 lbs. of fresh produce. Our goal is to increase the harvest by 20% for 2024. The funds from this grant will help us achieve that goal. The majority of the requested budget, about 75%, is for reusable gardening supplies. The supplies will improve our efficiency and productivity in 2024 and for many years moving forward. The other funds will be used for planting the garden.

Our secondary mission is to educate community members on home gardening. We respond to in person questions from the library patrons on topic such as the benefits of straw bales gardening, managing insects at home, landscaping dilemmas, plants that are not thriving, and much more. Also, the library works with us to provide information for their garden blog and social media posts to keep their patrons updated on gardening information. Although this is an important part of our mission, none of the grant funds are being requested to support this service provided to the community.

The Rotary Club of Westmont agreed to sponsor the Garden and their President, Paul Glyman signed off on the proposal on January 9, 2024. The Westmont Rotary members will be involved in the initial planting of the garden in May 2024. Rotary's involvement will be publicized through Westmont Public Library social media, Facebook and Instagram, Westmont Rotary Club, the Village of Westmont, and the Rotary District 6450 Website.

Dates/Timeline:

December 2023-January 2024- purchase gardening supplies

May 2024 - purchase live materials and garden planting

June- Oct 2024 - garden maintenance, watering, harvesting

Total Project budget: $500

Project Contact Person

District: 6450

Rotary Club of: Westmont

Primary Contact: Mary Onorad

Email: maryonorad@gmail.com

Project Status

Approved
This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

District 6450 DDF

18-Jan-24

-

$500

$500

Total

$0

$500

$500

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History Log Entries

18-Jan-24

by Elaine Carmichael

System Entry: Creation of project page.

19-Jan-24

by Karen Swinger

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

25-Jan-24

by Karen Swinger

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

25-Jan-24

by Elaine Carmichael

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

25-Jan-24

by Elaine Carmichael

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

26-Jan-24

by Charles J Corrigan

System Entry: Project signed by Charles J Corrigan.

2-Feb-24

by Elaine Carmichael

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

2-Feb-24

by Mary Onorad

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

2-Feb-24

by Mary Onorad

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

2-Feb-24

by Mary Onorad

System Entry: Project signed by Mary Onorad.

2-Feb-24

by Marshall Schmitt

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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