Message from our Volunteer & Event Drive Manager, Bryan Lamoreau 

I just wanted take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to the dedicated sewers for making over 500 masks for our medical staff, essential workers, nursing home residents and community members. Thank you to the volunteers who are courageously entering supermarkets to shop and deliver groceries to seniors and individuals who are high-risk. And thank you to everyone who has reached out since the beginning of this epidemic to ask what they can do to help! 

Even though there is so much uncertainty during this time, one thing is undeniable; our community of dedicated volunteers and supporters are always there. You all inspire me. Thank you!

Volunteer Ticker: In the first quarter of 2020, we have accrued 833.5 volunteer hours, of which, nearly 500 was served in the last 2 months!
Community Roots Garden at St. Andrew's: Growing organic produce for local food pantries.

On Tuesday, March 10th we had a group of 9th graders from Shore Country Day school volunteer in the garden, preparing it for the bounty to come. During their service, they:

  • Turned over two dug beds for tomatoes and asparagus - yes, we are going to start to grow asparagus this year!

  • Placed edging around the perimeter of the garden to hold back the grass and allow more flowers to thrive.

  • Planted cool weather crops such as peas, romaine lettuce, loose leaf lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach, carrots and kale.

  • Planted onions around the perimeter to help keep critters at bay.

  • Began grading the top left corner so that we can have a garden table to prepare harvested food and a bench to relax and enjoy the space.

  • Numbered each of the nearly 40 bins to make harvesting even easier - yes, we have that many bins now!

THANK YOU Shore Country Day School for your help and also for creating several stunning, wood burned garden signs to help identify what is growing in each garden bed!

As the cool weather seedlings grow, we wanted to share two opportunities with you.

  • Volunteers are invited to help us move mulch. We have a growing pile near the garden which we are working to move into the garden in order to help us manage the grass and weeds.  Sign up here for a date and time of your convenience. This flexible opportunity is a great way to get exercise and do something for others at the same time! A member of our Garden Team will be in touch with details on the exact location to place moved chips.

  • Save the date, June 7, help us plant warm weather crops and flowers!

Questions about the garden or interest in joining the garden email list? Message us here.

Next Tuesday, we will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving to create a wave of generosity and citizen engagement in support of communities and nonprofits around the world.

Through #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the collective impact that we can have when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.  Please give on Tuesday, May 5th to strengthen our work which directly impacts individuals and our local communities.
Why wait? Give NOW!
Our website lists a number of resources and opportunities to get involved. Visit our "Covid-19 Response" tab for full details. Some highlights: 
Assist with grocery & Rx pickup
Sew face masks
Other opportunities

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Two Swampscott Teachers Making Face Masks for Healthcare Workers
March 31, 2020
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