We are awarding our annual “30 in Thirty Green Grants” daily during the month of June. Friends of Norfolk’s Environment has been awarded today’s grant of $1000 for its Beautification project.
Friends of Norfolk’s Environment is a non-profit organization with dedicated volunteer community leaders who work to improve Norfolk’s environment through stewardship, education, and restoration. They will use their grant award to create a community garden at the Boys and Girls Club Diggs Town Recreation Center. The recreation center is located within an underserved, low income community of Southside Norfolk that is a food dessert – and area without easy access to grocery stores. A community garden program will benefit the children at the Diggs Town Recreation Center by providing physical activity, lowering stress and anxiety, providing outdoor time in nature, positively influencing self-esteem and confidence, and most importantly, connecting children to the natural food cycle.
Since 2011, we have provided $203,000 for 260 different environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partner Altria, as well as additional support from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola.