Keeler Gardens has been offering programs to connect with nature for about a year now and we felt it was time to give you an update along with our heartfelt thanks.
Year One at Keeler Gardens
We have had a very active year speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Lincoln Park Zoo. We have had programs in schools, camps, and with cultural groups. We’ve opened Keeler Gardens to the community for both private and public events and supported nearby churches, the local garden club, and our community members.
We’ve partnered with other groups to expand our offerings, we are a demonstration site for the Bionutrient Food Association focusing on rebuilding our soil for nutrient dense produce; we will host bee hives for Sloanstead Honey building our natural habitat, and we are one of the first organizations to provide opportunities through the youth-oriented Yolobe app piloted at Schurz High School. We are also developing our internship program at several different levels.
With every program and event we have given participants a chance to improve their focus and knowledge base, relieve stress, better the environment, and build a network.
We hope that you will join our email list, we send out invitations to events and periodic updates, and we will be sending out a reminder about #GivingTuesday for those of you that can support our capital campaign.
Keeler Gardens’ Capital Campaign
With the multiple matching opportunities this year, every contribution can make a difference.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Everyday Amazon Smile
Keeler Gardens has partnered with Amazon Smile. Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3168766 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Keeler Gardens whenever you shop on Amazon Smile. That’s right, after you sign up, throughout the year whenever you shop at Amazon just go through Amazon Smile and Keeler Gardens will get the donation.
#GivingTuesday Facebook Donation Match
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year Tuesday, November 28, 2017, is considered Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday on social media. This year Keeler Gardens will be focusing our donation efforts for #GivingTuesday on Facebook. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have teamed up to offer a $2,000,000 donation match through any donations raised on Facebook. In addition all credit card fees will be waived by Facebook for the day.
And we also have an exciting announcement. Several events have coincided for an incredible start to our Capitol Campaign. A very generous donor has offered to sponsor a matching challenge for individual donations of $1000 up to a total of $5000. So if you or someone you know donates $1000 through the Facebook Donate button on #GivingTuesday, your donation could turn into $3000!
Please remember that the matching grant through Facebook will only last until the two million dollars runs out. With so many worth while charities taking part please consider donating early at 7:00 a.m. central time when the program begins.
Holiday Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick Off
Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Keeler Gardens for our Holiday Celebration. All details can be found on our Facebook Event Page here. This is a non-ticked event and all are welcome.
We are so fortunate to have a space we can share with local and extended communities and we hope you will join us in our efforts to continue to offer everyone a chance to improve their mental, physical, and emotional health through a strong connection with nature.
With our sincere thanks we also offer our programs to you. Please take advantage of what Keeler Gardens brings to the community, stop by, spend a little time with us.