BENEFITING: HOMELESS GARDEN PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Mar 08, 2016
We are Josh & Lisa of A Cause For Adventure and we’re kicking off our first “Cause” for our first posted “Adventure.” For this fundraiser, we have the goal of raising $4481 for the Homeless Garden Project, a non-profit in Santa Cruz, CA. What is Homeless Garden Project you ask? What are they all about? And why should you donate some of your hard-earned money to this fundraiser supporting them?
Homeless Garden Project
Homeless Garden Project, a 501c3 non-profit, is an amazing group of hardworking individuals and a huge number of volunteers helping to make a training program possible for the community homeless population through paid employment and on-the-job training. The trainee’s are paid an hourly wage for their work and learn invaluable work skills through the year-long program. Homeless Garden Project is extremely successful at their mission – they have a 92% success rate of trainee graduates gaining fulltime employment and a stabile living environment within one year of completing the program! The produce grown on the farm is sold at reasonable prices to the community through a local farmstand, CSA, and a pick-your-own program at the farm. The produce sales account for less than 10% of the organization’s income, the majority comes through donations.
A Cause For Adventure
And that is where we come in. We are aiming to raise $4481 for Homeless Garden Project by March 8th. At A Cause For Adventure we believe our adventures can benefit more than ourselves, so we are raising money for a worthy cause in conjunction with our upcoming March trip. But why $4481? On March 8th, Josh and Lisa will be heading to Mexico to climb and ski 18,491 foot Pico de Orizaba, a volcano which is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third largest peak in North America. Before attempting the summit, we will be staying at Piedra Grande Hut, located at 14,010 feet. Our goal of raising $4,481 represents $1 per vertical foot of elevation gain between the hut and the summit.
How the Money Will Be Spent
This is our first climb in what we hope to be a series of mountains of increasing heights, so for this fundraiser we wanted to start local, making a big difference in our local community. And that is where Homeless Garden Project of Santa Cruz, CA comes into the picture. Our fundraising goal of $4481 will cover the cost of a new $4275 rototiller. With the new rototiller, Homeless Garden Project will be able to achieve better soil utilization, increased yields, and wider training opportunities.
But why do they need a new rototiller? They wish to increase the scope of their program, helping and hiring more homeless trainees each year (50 yearly instead of the current 17). This requires more space, and they have finally gained approval for a new plot of land three times larger than the current space, but they already are having trouble keeping up their failing rototiller. The rototiller is an essential piece of farm equipment that stirs and mixes the soil. Without a sufficient rototiller, all work must be painstakingly done by hand: requiring an impossible amount of manpower, reducing productivity, and increasing relative cost. For over six years, they have spent considerable money trying to bandaid their ailing rototiller to no avail, and have decided it is time to stop sinking money into temporary fixes and buy a new, working rototiller.
$1 Per Foot Is All It Takes!
The cost of the new rototiller is $4275, which will be covered by our fundraising goal of $4481. At $1/foot elevation gain, you can donate as much elevation gain as you would like. All the money goes straight to Homeless Garden Project for their new rototiller. If we can reach our goal of $1/foot to the summit, our fundraising efforts will help Homeless Garden Project achieve a major goal as well. Let’s help Homeless Garden Project help others. Donate today!