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A special thank you to everyone that told us what good you could do with $1,000! Our 6th annual Summer of Sharing campaign received 366 wonderful stories about the great work being done by charities, community and education groups in the cities around us.  Community Financial is proud to have donated $1,000 to the sixty-five organizations shown below.  Thank you all for the work you do to enrich our communities!

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Growing Hope

Posted By: Charisse Nilles (June 27, 2016)
Growing Hope began with the vision of using community and school gardens—and the education that they provide—as vehicles for positive social, economic, environmental, and neighborhood change. In 2005, recognizing that food insecurity is a key issue for many in the Ypsilanti area, they expanded the ways Growing Hope was providing access to and education around healthy food.

Their work now includes supporting gardening in home, school, and community settings; managing and advocating for farmers markets and farm stands; increasing economic development through food and agriculture; and engaging 700 youth and teens each year in healthy cooking, nutrition, and gardening; and advocating for local to national policy change to support healthy schools, families, and communities.

Growing Hope's impact extends well beyond Ypsilanti’s borders, as their best practices are shared and other communities in Michigan and beyond are trained in them.