Mishwa Lee - Volunteer of the Year

Mishwa Lee with the Northridge CommUNITY Garden was awarded Volunteer of the Year at SFPA's Love Your Parks Day Celebration with a $5,000 grant to go toward her garden project.  We celebrated with tacos, beverages, bike powered music from Shake Your Peace, and good friends.  Mishwa has been the driving force behind the garden and you can read more about her and other Action Grant Awardees here

 

 

Volunteer of the Year Award

Mishwa Lee is the force behind the Northridge CommUNITY Garden located within the Northridge Cooperative Homes, a resident owned housing cooperative of over 300 low and moderate income families spanning six blocks in the Hunters Point neighborhood. After a three-year rehabilitation of the housing complex, a group of 10 residents began meeting monthly to discuss the possibility of reviving a community garden.

This community garden could solve many problems including, lack of access to fresh produce, job opportunities, and youth activities.  In September 2011, the team received a Community Challenge Grant from the City and County of San Francisco, and the Northridge CommUNITY Garden was born.

Over the course of the next year, the vacant lot was transformed into a robust food producing space for the community to gather to learn about and share healthy local food. Mishwa Lee has faithfully and selflessly served as organizer, outreach coordinator, motivator, gardener, volunteer manager, and grant writer in order for the garden to thrive and serve her community.

Mishwa and her team have distributed over 700 pounds of produce and hosted over 75 volunteers. Mishwa’s work is providing green jobs for residents and a youth program where young adults can mentor younger children. The youth also distribute produce to the elders of the community thus, creating intergenerational connection.

Thanks to Mishwa’s dedication and a few all-night grant writing sessions, the garden’s most recent accomplishment is a grant from the Foundation for Youth Investment to support the expansion of the garden’s youth program.

Mishwa is a delight to work with and San Francisco Parks Alliance is pleased to present this award in recognition of all of her hard work, commitment to her community and to urban agriculture in San Francisco.

- See more at: http://www.sfparksalliance.org/the-alliance/philanthropy/available-funding/sfpa-action-grants#sthash.EIgDGGgI.dpuf

Volunteer of the Year Award

Mishwa Lee is the force behind the Northridge CommUNITY Garden located within the Northridge Cooperative Homes, a resident owned housing cooperative of over 300 low and moderate income families spanning six blocks in the Hunters Point neighborhood. After a three-year rehabilitation of the housing complex, a group of 10 residents began meeting monthly to discuss the possibility of reviving a community garden.

This community garden could solve many problems including, lack of access to fresh produce, job opportunities, and youth activities.  In September 2011, the team received a Community Challenge Grant from the City and County of San Francisco, and the Northridge CommUNITY Garden was born.

Over the course of the next year, the vacant lot was transformed into a robust food producing space for the community to gather to learn about and share healthy local food. Mishwa Lee has faithfully and selflessly served as organizer, outreach coordinator, motivator, gardener, volunteer manager, and grant writer in order for the garden to thrive and serve her community.

Mishwa and her team have distributed over 700 pounds of produce and hosted over 75 volunteers. Mishwa’s work is providing green jobs for residents and a youth program where young adults can mentor younger children. The youth also distribute produce to the elders of the community thus, creating intergenerational connection.

Thanks to Mishwa’s dedication and a few all-night grant writing sessions, the garden’s most recent accomplishment is a grant from the Foundation for Youth Investment to support the expansion of the garden’s youth program.

Mishwa is a delight to work with and San Francisco Parks Alliance is pleased to present this award in recognition of all of her hard work, commitment to her community and to urban agriculture in San Francisco.

- See more at: http://www.sfparksalliance.org/the-alliance/philanthropy/available-funding/sfpa-action-grants#sthash.EIgDGGgI.dpuf