Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Awards $300K in Grants

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has awarded $300,000 in grants to six New York City organizations, enabling these non-profits to expand capacity and increase their reach. The organizations include The After-School Corporation, generationOn, New York Cares, ReServe, Taproot Foundation New York, and The United Way New York City BoardServe initiative. The grants follow the conclusion of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service held in New York City.

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Fresh Fruit and Veggies Have Arrived in St. George

Staten Island’s first fruit and vegetable “Green Cart” stand opened its umbrella last week at the ball-park-side entrance to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Potatoes and eggplants, berries and mangoes, aloe vera leaves and organic bananas displayed in handsome baskets with other produce, arrived as a result of the city’s Green Cart Initiative, a Department of Health program designed to bring healthy foods to underserved neighborhoods.

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Building a Greenhouse

Almost 50 volunteers gathered in East New York on Saturday to build a greenhouse on a recently acquired lot behind Euclid 500 Garden. The participants assembled planters with fruits, vegetable and herbs — which will be donated to a local food bank — and also built picnic tables and painted a mural. The project was sponsored by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, whose mission is to increase access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. The project was held just two days before the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

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