Romania
The Day of Human-Animal Interactions (#DHAI) event is organized outdoor in the Campus of Veterinary Medicine School in Cluj-Napoca and it aims to promote the idea of humane education in Romania, by bringing together more than 150 undergraduate and master students in Psychology, Biology and Veterinary Medicine, alongside with experts in the area of human-animal interactions (including animal-assisted therapy), representatives of local NGOs in the fields of animal rescue and inclusive services for persons with special needs, as well as members of the local community, i.e. children with their pets (and family members). Based on the huge participation rate to the indoor version of the event (28th of February 2019), we expect more than 2000 attendees to #DHAI event on the 1st of June, as well as a very high visibility in the local and national media. The main objective of the #DHAI event is to promote the responsible ownership and to facilitate the development of favorable attitudes toward animals and nature, by involving the community members in a series of activities, such as: free counseling on the management of human-animal interactions, dog-dancing, free therapeutic interactions with dogs and horses, free riding lessons for children, educational workshops on adoption and rehabilitation of animals, sensorial exercises with animals, meaningful and thematic face-painting, guided interactions with seeing-eye dogs, agility exercises with dogs, free guided visits of the Parasitology Department, Aquarium and Emergency Veterinary Clinique, and workshops on the needs of companion animals (including exotic pets). The entrance to the event is free. The event is organized on volunteering bases, with no particular funds to support it. More details on the agenda of the event are presented here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1366426793506508/?active_tab=about
United States
Please consider joining this effort as the service hours will count towards the Presidential Volunteer Award Program. We are planning on using the raised beds for the 130 day Nebraska growing season. The food produced will be donated to the shelters to increase the food security in Omaha area.
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We will know our group is successful by increasing our rate of diversion each year as our school and local community groups. We also hope to do some community outreach this summer to help increase recycling in our community. This mini grant would be used to help the Green Team build a community recycling program. Last school year we installed a plastic bag collection station at our school. We hope to install more and 1 or 2 in the surrounding community.
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We will know our group is successful by increasing our rate of diversion each year as our school and local community groups. We also hope to do some community outreach this summer to help increase recycling in our community. This mini grant would be used to help the Green Team build a community recycling program. Last school year we installed a plastic bag collection station at our school. We hope to install more and 1 or 2 in the surrounding community.
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Our project will create a culturally-relevant community garden and composting system that will enable our Halal food pantry to be sustainable while providing services to our seniors, preschoolers, and other community members. We have already begun cleaning out the concrete lot behind our building, which has been used as a dumping ground for trash. By the end of May, we hope to begin construction on our composting area and lifted beds, using grant funding from programs like Roots and Shoots, the Citizens Committee of New York, and Fiskars Green Thumb Project. At this point, we will also begin providing classes to our seniors and preschoolers, starting with seed germination and basic composting practices. We also look to compost at least 1,000 pounds of food waste by the middle of June, which would be ready to integrate By the end of the summer, we aim to have the composting system fully-functional and the garden producing Zone 7 Hardiness fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs that are free to take home by any program participants or volunteers. For this project, outreach will be done by communicating with the parents of our preschoolers' parents, the seniors, and other members of the agency and community. We will use flyers, Facebook, Instagram, and email. Classes will be held at least once a week.
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Our project tackles a wide variety of issues found in our community, so there is a variety of ways we can measure our impact. First, once the produce we grow is ready to be harvested and given to either the students to take home for their parents to cook with or given to the cafeteria to use in the school lunch for the day , that is an obvious indication that the garden beds and the effort to provide organic, nutritious produce to kids living in "food deserts" was successful. Furthermore, after we work with teachers and faculty at the schools/centers to develop environmental educational lesson plans to teach to the students, we can tell by the students reactions to learning new material how excited they are to have this opportunity. Additionally, the garden beds and tending to them are a good form of therapy for the students who live in harmful environmental exposures, such as air pollution, which often occurs in communities facing SES stressors including deteriorating housing, poor access to health care, high unemployment, crime, and poverty, which may exacerbate negative health effects. Once the students are each given a seedling to plant, and are given the responsibility to take care of it and watch it develop into life, it really benefits the students. Also, once we install the garden beds, we plant milkweed (which is the main food source for monarch butterflies) which instantly attracts monarch butterflies, which almost instantly brightens the entire mood of the campus as well as beautifies it by providing lush pre-sprouted seedlings. Another indicator we use to measure the impact our project has made is when we see the relationship and bonds develop between the volunteers and the students that we bring ht garden beds to. Over time, the students open up to the volunteers and work side by side on the garden bed, not only gaining a hands-on science experiment but also developing a sense of having a role model and someone to look up to. We will collaborate by reaching out to under-served elementary schools and at-risk youth centers in the surrounding community to bring the community together, to unify us through the power of obtaining knowledge. We will also reach out to UF students on campus for those who are interested in volunteering on the garden beds and engaging with the students at these schools/ at-risk youth centers.
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I would like to purchase planters to hold the veggies; watermelon, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, okra and strawberries. The children and I will go to Lowes or Home Depot and purchase the plants, pots, dirt and fertilizer. Each child would choose and plant their plants individually with assistance. When the plant is matured and healthy the children can take the plants home with instructions to care for their plants.
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We wish to begin this project at the end of May. Initially, we plan to build lifted beds and pallet gardens made from recycled wooden pallets. We then plan on planting late-summer vegetables and herbs that are appropriate to our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone (Zone 7). During this time, we will also begin composting, using waste from the rescue and any other waste from volunteers or participants. We aim to have the garden and composting system fully up and running by the end of June. Classes will be held on a weekly basis. We will do community outreach via Facebook, Instagram, and flyers.
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We will create a worm bin which will serve as a basis for investigations about ecosystems, life and nutrient cycles, and worm diets. We will learn about aerobic and anaerobic decomposition and how composting is a way we can personally help decrease methane in our atmosphere in a sustainable way. We will create at least two vermicomposting bins with red wiggler worms that the girls can check on throughout the year, culminating by using the compost to add to a garden.

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