Gardening association coming to town
The National Gardening Association is set to move to Williston in mid-February.
After 10 years on a 14-acre plot in South Burlington, President and CEO Mike Metallo said the organization has been unable to work out a way with the city of South Burlington to support itself on its property.
“It was simply an economic decision,” Metallo said Wednesday. “Over the last two years we have tried to work with the city to find a way to use the property to raise funds, and it just wasn’t possible.”
Metallo said the association will move into office space at 237 Commerce Street and focus on grant-oriented programs and services in the state and nationwide, including school gardens, YMCA programs and support programs using gardening.
“Williston is a very business-friendly community and it understands that in order to have a vibrant community you need to be able to embrace businesses and corporations,” Metallo said. “Even though we’re a nonprofit, we’re a business and we still need to worry about our bottom line.”
For more information, visit www.garden.org or www.kidgardening.org.
Williston organizations receive funding
The Fanny Allen Corporation Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded a total of $203,331 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations in Vermont that serve people who are sick and poor, including Williston organizations.
Child Care Resource was awarded $10,000 to provide technical support and professional development to English language learners who are interested in becoming home-based childcare providers, in collaboration with the Association of Africans Living in Vermont and Opportunities Credit Union.
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity was awarded $7,500 to support the opening of the Habitat ReStore.
The next grant application is due April 15, 2013. Organizations can visit www.fannyallen.org for guidelines and an online application.
CVU girls basketball alumni day Jan. 19
CVU girls basketball alumni of all ages are encouraged to attend the Jan. 19 home game against St. Johnsbury, set for 12:30 p.m. Alumni will be honored during halftime. For more information, contact Coach Ute Otley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employer Support Freedom Award deadline approaching
Guard and Reserve members can nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest recognition for employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. Employers of every size and industry are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www.FreedomAward.mil by Jan. 21.
Any civilian employer who has not previously received the award is eligible. Service members who have previously nominated their employers are encouraged to do so again. The Department of Defense will recognize nominees, semi-finalists and finalists. The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a ceremony in the fall.