Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Changemakers | The Green Scheme

I haven't done a Changemakers post in a while...so, we're going to get things back up-and-running with the AMAZING nonprofit organization, The Green Scheme!! This organization was founded by two Washington DC area natives, Ronnie Webb, who has a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride!!!) and Joelle Robinson, who has a BA degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Spellman College and a Master degree in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University. They were inspired to create The Green Scheme when they saw a need to educate communities on environmental issues and get them involved in improving their environment. Other key players in The Green Scheme include Xavier Brown, Master Gardener and Director of Urban Agriculture, who also obtained a B.A. from North Carolina A&T (Aggie Pride!!!), India Jackson, who supports the fundraising activity and organizational development and received a B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University and is pursuing a JD from North Carolina Central, and Walter Ray, Founder and Director of Education, Goals, Opportunities and Sports (EGOS) Inc. He brings 20 years of experience running a nonprofit and provides The Green Scheme with organizational guidance.

As stated in their organization description, "The Green Scheme is an organization designed to educate people of diverse cultural backgrounds about their role in the environmental movement. Our programs educate children, youth, and adults about how environmental issues such as, proximity to high rates of pollution; access to fresh produce and healthy food options;  safe opportunities and spaces for physical activity; and how the cleanliness of communities where people live, work, and play can affect their physical health, mental health, and economy. We use innovative strategies that reach people in direct and exciting ways; engaging community members at schools, community centers, special events, and places of employment to promote a greener planet. ..."

Some of The Green Scheme's current projects include "You Are What You Eat", a youth planting and education program at DC area recreation centers,  Pilot Urban Planting Program, Green Careers Presentation, and partnerships with local churches, social organizations, group homes, and recreational centers to name a few. They also organized a successful coat drive last November, R3 (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Coat Drive, collecting over 350 coats and distributing them to women and men shelters and youth group homes throughout DC.

Their overall aim is to educate community members and empower them by giving them the tools necessary to improve their quality of life and the environment they live in and I fully support that! I'm proud of them. You can get involved in all this goodness too!! Take their 5-minute Community Survey and let them know what issues are important to you and your community. Also, you can volunteer, sign  up for their mailing list, and help them to reach their fundraising goals by making a donation [Get Involved].

Be sure to check The Green Scheme out people. They're doing great things.

I think I'm going to keep it green this week with some environmentally-conscious crafting lol.

Stay Inspired. 


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