Monday, May 9, 2016

Give Grandly @ Silver City Farmers' Market!

Give Local  - Give Grandly!

Join us at the first farmers' market May 14th, at 8:30 am for our market season kick off and this great event!

Give Grandly-Give Local is part of an annual, nationwide fundraising event that focuses donations to local non-profits in one 24-hour window (12:01 am to 11:59 pm), a giving day. Many state and local community foundations participate as part of their mission to support local nonprofits. They believe that by facilitating and supporting these giving days, they can increase the impact of nonprofits in their communities and foster a local culture of giving.  

New Mexico has participated in Give Grandly since 2014. That year, the effort in Grant County was sponsored by the Grant County Community Foundation (GCCF), and 38 non-profits signed up! GCCF secured a private donation to cover nonprofit registration fees ($40 each) which enabled many small organizations to participate. The community response was overwhelming, generating substantial online and in-person contributions, mostly between $10 and $25. That year, Grant County made history by raising $56,852 in 24 hours with all funds being restriction free. GCCF does not take a percentage so the money raised goes directly to designated nonprofits.

In 2015, Grant County started planning for the next year’s event in August with all of the non-profits collaborating in regular monthly meetings. This time Grant County was going it alone as the rest of the state took a break from participating, although some nonprofits from neighboring Catron and Luna counties joined our group. These nonprofits decided to reserve Gough Park to have a large, noticeable event that we could invite the public to come to in order to get to know area nonprofits. Forty-one non-profits participated and raised $93,707 in the 24-hour period! Many people gave to more than one nonprofit - for example, one man brought eight $10 bills and gave each to a different organization. This 2015 non-profit group voted to form a coalition, the Southwest New Mexico Non-Profit Coalition, dedicated to planning this event annually as well as looking for other collaborative opportunities.

This year, 2016, GCCF is partnering with United Way, which provided a web platform and mobile app that is a substantial savings from our past internet costs, even though UW is not taking a cut of any of the charitable funds raised. The 2016 Give Grandly event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 and the public giving fair will be on 7th Street, next to the Silver City Farmers’ Market, from 8:30 to 2:30.  The web platform only takes credit or debit cards, but nonprofits can accept cash and checks at the fair or at their offices. As each nonprofit tallies local gifts with web donations, the leader board on the website allows the community to watch the giving totals rise all day long. GCCF is extremely proud to have initiated this crowd funding event and will continue to be a catalyst for future efforts.

Join us May 14, 2016   Give a little. Give a lot.  Give local. Give Grandly!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Home and Garden Expo 2016

The 6th annual Home and Garden Expo is being held at WMNU in the Gymnasium April 9th. THIS SATURDAY ONLY!

Doors open at 11am and the Expo goes until 6pm. $3 admission at the door. Children 12 and under are free. We will have children's events going on in a few different locations on site. The Imagination Library will be having story time from 11:30-12:30.

Education, Activities, and/or Garden Demonstrations including:
Insect management and displays
Enhancing soil microbes
Gardening in the desert
Community and school gardens
Seed Sharing and the Seed Library
Imagination Library for children(11:30-12:30)
Activities for children
and more!

Master Gardeners will be taking questions and providing education
Along with the:
Food Policy Council 
Farm and Livestock Bureau
Gila Native Plant Society
The Volunteer Center(Food Corps, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities)
KURU radio
Montessori and San Lorenzo schools 
Silver City Clay Festival
Silver City Watershed Keepers
Grant County Extension Office

Some of our vendors include(in no particular order):
Ace Hardware
Sun Valley
Furniture Gallery
Bedroom Shoppe
Syzygy Tile
Structure Metal Roofing, Doors, and Windows
Positive Resource
Blackhawk Gutters
Stream Dynamics
Soothing Walk-in Tubs
Lone Mountain Natives
Liquid Compost 
Dement Solar
Kiss My Glass
Bemer Therapy
Green Energy Now
Custom Steel
Bradfute Enterprises
Nuevos Comienzos Kitchen(selling local goods)
La Bonita Bakery
Bad Ass Barb’s Bakery
SC Food Co-op(food proceeds going to SCFM)
and Western Bank

There will also be:
Plant starts and trees
Personal care products
Household appliances 
Natural home cleaning
Red Wriggler Worms
Adobe Walls, Wooden Courtyard Doors
Stucco, Tile, Rock Walls
and more!

Parking by the Fine Arts Center and walking down the bleachers
or Parking SE of the Gym on the lower level and walking in that way
Look for signs!

All proceeds go to help cover the operating costs of the Silver City Farmers’ Market!