Category Archives: CommunityGrows Organization

30158839770_63eacd6294_o Salad Days Are Back!

October 30th, 2017

September is a month of beginnings – the beginning of the school year, the beginning of fall – and at John Muir Elementary School, it marked the beginning of our monthly Salad Days. For those not familiar with Salad Days, the tradition began in 2015 as an initiative to give students access to fresh produce and to get … Continue reading Salad Days Are Back!

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Celebrating 23 Years of CG!

October 19th, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 was an amazing night to celebrate 23 years of CommunityGrows and Barbara Wenger’s upcoming retirement as founder and Executive Director. The African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) was abuzz with activity from early morning, setting up the Hall of Culture and firming up last minute details. Barbara Fujimoto, former Advisory Board … Continue reading Celebrating 23 Years of CG!

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11-18-20-16-growingpower_20161118_145448 Growing Power-Milwaukee

December 11th, 2016

On November 18, 2016 three of our staff members flew to Milwaukee to present at the Growing Power Conference hosted by Will Allen. The theme of the conference was “Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building.” This post shares some their reflections. Crystal Jones, Cha’Shay Woldridge … Continue reading Growing Power-Milwaukee

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11-16-16-joey-the-cat_img_8535 Joey the Cat Fundraiser

November 20th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CommunityGrows Advisory Board hosted an evening of fun and games at Joey-the-Cat in the Mission District of San Francisco. Thanks to our sponsors Avila and Associates and Kaiser-Permanente, we enjoyed a great night of skeeball, pinball, hoops, ping-pong, air-ball, and Wack-a-Mole and raised money to support CommunityGrows. We munched on … Continue reading Joey the Cat Fundraiser

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8.11.16-LHS-Faire_IMG_7312 Tabling for SFUSD Science Teachers

August 29th, 2016

On Thursday, August 11th CommunityGrows staff tabled for a lunch-time resource fair at Lincoln High School for San Francisco Unified School District SFUSD science teachers as part of a professional development day. It was a chance for middle and high school science teachers to learn about other resources available to them, and field trips for … Continue reading Tabling for SFUSD Science Teachers

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image1 CG establishes Work-Site Wellness Policy!

August 4th, 2016

Cultivating health is important not just for the kids and families we serve, but it’s vital for our staff as well. Thanks to support from Kaiser Permanente, CommunityGrows had the wonderful opportunity to work with Tuline Baykal from Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) to create our first official Community Grows Work-Site Wellness Policy! … Continue reading CG establishes Work-Site Wellness Policy!

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IMG_1951 Stanford University Honors CommunityGrows!

June 12th, 2016

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 CommunityGrows staff Barbara Wenger, Melissa Tang and Cha’Shay Woldridge joined Advisory Board members Leah Cerri and Abby Miller at Stanford University to receive a $20,000.00 grant through the University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. The university offers a class “Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector” taught … Continue reading Stanford University Honors CommunityGrows!

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IMG_5824 CommunityGrows Joins Board Match

March 9th, 2016

On Wednesday evening, March 3, 2016 the Union Square Hilton was buzzing with potential Board candidates who can to talk with over 100 non-profits. This event was sponsored by the Volunteer Center. CommunityGrows Advisory Board members Jaromy Schmidt, Leah Cerri and Meredith Pavia, along with Development consultant Cheryl Clarke helped to anchor the table, and … Continue reading CommunityGrows Joins Board Match

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NatureNet-Logo-FNL-LeafOnly Environmental Literacy Reports: LEAP, ChangeScale and the Environmental Literacy Blueprint.

February 7th, 2016

From 2013-2015, CommunityGrows participated with 17 Bay Area youth leadership and environmental stewardship organizations, all grantees with the S.D. Bechel Jr. Fund, under the consultation of LFA (Learning for Action) and the LEAPS (Leadership and Evaluation to Advance Programs Success) for Environmental Literacy Initiative. As a result of this work three cluster studies were generated … Continue reading Environmental Literacy Reports: LEAP, ChangeScale and the Environmental Literacy Blueprint.

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IMG_5527 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 19th, 2016

On Monday, January 18, 2016 over 90 volunteers came out to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This event was sponsored by the African American Arts and Culture Center (AAACC) and CommunityGrows. Volunteers began arriving at 8:30 AM on a morning reprieved from the wonderful rain we’ve been having in the Bay Area. … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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