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Local Non-Profit Receives $150,000 Grant

By FOX 40 Staff.
A local non-profit has received a grant to improve long term sustainability.

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc. (VINES) announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from The Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation on Monday. VINES is planning to use the funds over a three-year span to improve the organization’s capacity and implement a long-term sustainability plan.

“We are honored by the Hoyt Foundation’s award. It marks a huge step forward in VINES eight-year history,” said Amy Shapiro, chairwoman of the board. “These funds will assist us in hiring an Executive Director who will create a strategic plan for our future and increase our capacity as an organization to beautify urban spaces, provide land and education for people to grow their own food, employ young people on our urban farm, and make fresh fruits and vegetables available in our urban low-income areas.”

VINES currently employs Natalie Hughes as Community Gardens and Youth Program Manager, Sean Cummings as Urban Farm Manager and Kate Miller-Corcoran as manager of Binghamton Farm Share, which makes fresh local produce available at sites throughout the area, with reduced prices available for low-income families. In addition, VINES leverages additional administrative and program support through AmeriCorps members and community volunteers.

VINES is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. More information is available at vinesgardens.org.