In 1976, Tree Trust was formed to help solve two ongoing problems: dutch elm disease was destroying the urban canopy, and local residents were experiencing the languor of employment and poverty. Tree Trust hired unemployed individuals and trained them to replant the decaying forests in the region. Today, the team builds staircases and retaining walls to prevent erosion, clears buckthorn to help native plants thrive, creates trails for recreational activities, constructs LEED-certified houses, and replaces diseased trees with thousands of new trees every year. The organization also hosts community plantings and employs youth in summer programs to instill an ethic of environmental stewardship. Since its inception, Tree Trust has provided employment training for more than 42,000 people, planted 72,000 trees and shrubs, and educated more than 100,000 students about protecting green spaces.
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Wings of the North has been dedicated to preserving and presenting aviation history since 1998. They're best known for producing the flight-centric AirExpo every year, where aviation fanatics can meet legendary pilots and actually shake the hand of several vintage aircraft, including Wings of the North's own 1943 Vultee BT-15. When not on display at the AirExpos or for school presentations, the association keeps her in a 4,800-square-foot hangar.
The end goal of each season at Girls on the Run Twin Cities is a 5K race, but the journey to that destination is filled with milestones. The organization pairs girls in grades 3 through 5 with volunteer coaches, who use distance running as a means of imparting positive values, healthy lifestyles, and respect for self and others. Up to 15 girls train at each site in the spring and fall, meeting their coaches after school for up to 12 weeks. Before the day's workout, participants and coaches discuss a different topic relevant to young women, such as body image, women in the media, and bullying. The topic is then incorporated into the workout, which begins with warm-ups and an activity. Each girl then runs a set distance at her own pace, building up to 3.1 miles by the end of the season.
Girls on the Run Twin Cities admits any girl who wants to participate. The organization relies on donations from individuals and corporate sponsors to purchase running shoes and attire for participants unable to afford the program fee.
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Gardening Matters supports local gardeners and advocates for their needs, working toward the creation of successful, sustainable, low-cost gardens across the Twin Cities. By sharing information, providing access to education, and connecting gardeners to each other, Gardening Matters aims to increase food production at a community level and influence positive behavior changes.
Gardening Matters works closely with the Local Food Resource Hubs project. Through this network of local residents, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, and the city office, gardeners can receive seeds, seedlings, and low-cost workshops. Also, the network acts as a support group from which gardening newcomers can draw tips on growing and cooking and on composting their own produce.
Last year, local food hubs distributed more than 13,000 seed packets and 15,000 seedlings to gardeners. With the addition of a tool lending library, Gardening Matters hopes to continue improving food security and access to fresh produce.
Wishes & More fulfills the wishes of youth up to age 19 who have a terminal or life-threatening illness to help bring joy into lives that have become burdened with fear and trauma. Wishes can range from items, such as nursery equipment or new cars, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a trip to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, a family ski vacation, and the chance to meet a personal hero, be it Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis or Jackie Chan. Wishes & More also provides $1,000 memorial-fund grants to the parents of children who did not live to experience their wish
and $1,000 Scholarship of Hope grants to fund young people's transition to higher education following a terminal diagnosis and recovery.
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