The Community Design Collaborative is participating in #GivingTuesday!The donation you make to the Collaborative on Tuesday, December 3 to kick off the giving season will go towards engaging volunteer design professionals to work with kids, parents, teachers, and communities on greening their schoolyards.
Since 2002, the Collaborative has helped nearly twenty school groups envision, plan, and raise funds for green schoolyards. Our conceptual design for Greening Greenfield was the catalyst for a nationally recognized sustainable schoolyard and a strong local green schoolyards movement. This year, our preliminary design services led to successes like these:
Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School in Roxborough received a $27,000 matching grant from the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund to plant a meadow to support their environmental curriculum and manage stormwater.
Nebinger School featured its new rain garden, porous play surface, and below ground basin at Back to School Night, completed through $400,000 in funding from the Philadelphia Water Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
The West Philadelphia Neighborhood Schools Coalition was awarded a $242,000 grant from the Philadelphia Water Department Stormwater Management Improvement Program to green Lea Elementary School playground. The project also received a $10,000 PECO Green Region Grant matching grant.
We’re committed to continuing this important work. Help us expand young minds, create open space for communities, and benefit the environment! Please give on December 3. Spread the word about supporting the Collaborative—and green schoolyards—through social media with #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayPHL.
#GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses, and individuals—and transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kick off of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to causes they support, and help create a better world.