As any enthusiast of Sharing the Harvest will tell you, the farm is about much more than growing organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Farmer Ashley Brister is a compassionate teacher who patiently guides staff and volunteers as they seed in the greenhouse, sow crops in the field, shape beds, enrich the soil, trellis, weed, prune, and harvest. In the 2022 growing season, Ashley’s work is expanding…
The Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest community farm is forming a team for Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger in South Dartmouth on Sunday, May 1.
Proceeds raised on the three-mile walk will benefit both Project Bread and Sharing the Harvest in their mission to reduce hunger and provide everyone with access to nutritious foods.
The Gleason Family YMCA will receive the donations from the Wareham Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good program during the month of February.
For every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet sold at the store, $1 will be donated to the Y. The Y hosts community markets and other food programs. The Southcoast YMCA locations distributed one million pounds of food in 2021.
Six percent of the overall population falls under the federal poverty guidelines, according to April 2019 figures from the Institute for Community Health. Seven percent of seniors also fit in this category, Gregory said.
Since they started dating during college in 2013, the beach has been a key part of Danielle Canady and Joel Vastl’s love story. Danielle grew up in New Jersey, and for years, she would wake Joel up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise and walk along the Jersey Shore whenever they visited her parents’ house there. “Eventually, one of those walks, I had a ring with me,” says Joel, who popped the question on July 4, 2019.
The pandemic continued this year, with 2,187 Wareham residents testing positive for covid since this January. First responders were among the first to get vaccinated for the virus in January. In February, Southcoast Health opened a vaccine clinic at the Gleason Family YMCA which vaccinated more than 400 seniors during its first day of operations.
“Sharing the Harvest Community Farm relies almost entirely on volunteers to plant, harvest, and distribute our products, which helps close the nutrition gap in our communities,” stated Robyn Branco, Director of Mission Advancement, YMCA Southcoast. “Thanks to the support of the Crapo Fund, we can upgrade areas of our post-harvest workstation, so our Farm Director and volunteers can more efficiently clean and prepare fruits, vegetables, and eggs for distribution.”
Last year limits on gathering forced churches around the nation to rethink how they would deliver services and connect with their communities. At Smith Mills Congregation Church, a small church in Dartmouth off of Route 6, that meant shifting its focus to food relief.
Covanta SEMASS hosted its 19th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament on Friday, September 17 at the Cape Club in Falmouth with the Gleason Family YMCA, the nonprofit chosen to receive the full proceeds of the event. The $11,940 raised will help fund the Gleason Y’s Annual Campaign with a focus on their food insecurity work under the Full Plate Project.
For Lu Brito, players who are part of the Gleason Family YMCA’s basketball league have three main goals: 1. Have fun. 2. Try your hardest. 3. Learn the love of the game.
“Don’t worry about how many points you get, if the ball goes in or not,” said Brito, the YMCA’s senior program director. “Playing the right way, it’ll go in more often than not.”
Arts & Culture, Economic Opportunity, and Education Sectors Receive Financial Assistance to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Maintain Operations Hard Hit by COVID Pandemic
NEW BEDFORD, MA – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced today that 39 nonprofits throughout Southeastern Massachusetts will receive a total of $479,495 to address the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations, programming, and the communities they serve. The grant focuses on vaccine hesitancy and equity and operational needs for organizations from the arts & culture, economic opportunity, and education sectors.
When Wareham Public Schools went fully remote in March 2020 due to the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, the district’s Beyond School Time childcare program — which provided both before and after-school childcare — shut down.
The Mobile Market’s primary focus is to remove the barriers that families often face when accessing fresh produce. By offering free produce after traditional work hours, families are given access to fruits, vegetables, eggs, and other produce they might not otherwise be able to obtain due to financial restraints or the hours that traditional food pantries are open.
Fall River YMCA Executive Director Stephanie Mancini on plans for this year’s youth summer camp at Camp Quequechan.
Earlier this month, members of from the Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest Community Farm were among the thousands of participants who took part in Project Bread’s 53rd annual Walk for Hunger.
For the virtual fundraiser, the group created a route through the Dartmouth Y’s community farm in an effort to help Project Bread get food to families during the ongoing pandemic.
With GBFB’s support, YMCA Southcoast plans to distribute 1 million pounds of nutritious food this year through The Full Plate Project, a new program launched to help meet the historic need caused by COVID-19.
In April 2020 alone, this resolute partner provided 60,000 pounds of food in Fall River, a community where 1 in every 5 people faces hunger.
As the state reopens and more residents get back to work, Dartmouth’s YMCA is working to combat food insecurity on the South Coast.
On April 20, the head of YMCA Southcoast and other officials from the nonprofit youth organization came out to the Dartmouth Y to announce a partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, kicking off the 2021 Full Plate Project to support families in need.
DARTMOUTH — Wareham resident Jacqueline Webb has always tried to instill a sense of social responsibility in her family.
When the pandemic hit, her family — like many around the country — fell on hard times, but they didn’t let that get in the way of their dedication to service.
To get by, they utilized a number of programs offered at the Gleason Family YMCA.