We recently had the pleasure of hosting Virginia's First Lady, Pamela Northam, here in our gardens! Delegate Joshua Cole also joined us as they got to see what we have been up to over the last several months. Thank you Adele Uphaus and The Free Lance-Star for a great article about their visit here at Downtown Greens. It was a beautiful day to walk around the garden and speak with the very knowledgeable First Lady of Virginia.
Hello and happy October! This fall weather has had all of us outside enjoying nature as much as we can! Take a look at our most recent newsletter where we talk about our brand new site and some recent events we've been a part of!
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We are pleased to announce that Downtown Greens now participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), a workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States. Watch our 2020 CFC trailer and contribute to Downtown Greens by using CFC code 73255.
From the CFC website, here are six great reasons to give through the CFC:
1. Thousands of charities are already vetted and approved for you to choose from.
2. It's convenient. You can pledge via payroll deduction and spread your gift out over the course of the year.
3. You choose your favorites. You can even support multiple charities in one pledge.
4. It's easy to renew. The secure online giving platform makes it easy to renew your gift each year.
5. You can even volunteer. Don't limit your giving! Extend your impact by pledging volunteer hours.
6. We can have a BIG impact. Together we have a collective impact, supporting thousands of charities that depend on our generosity.
Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you'll consider making your CFC contribution to Downtown Greens.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I just celebrated my 40th birthday! I am a mom of four and they were all raised here in Fredericksburg. I have been in Fredericksburg since 1991, when I first came here with my family. My community has been Fredericksburg since 1991. They have raised me, educated me, fed me, and now they employ me. I’m still here! So I am a huge supporter of anything community, such as Downtown Greens, which is why I am here. Growing up here in the downtown area, I remember always walking by and admiring it. The more I learned about it the more I wanted to get involved.
So can you tell us a about what you do here?
I work on behalf at Micah Ministry, Empower House, and Hope House, servicing our homeless community, and I am the community housing locator, where we work to house the homeless. We are so blessed that through Covid we have had additional funding to house our homeless. We now have a 100% funding to house the homeless, we just need landlords. So that is my community job and my passion. I was raised by my community and now, I am living my truth.
What is your favorite thing about Fredericksburg?
Community! I could walk from Mayfield down to Route 1 and I guarantee you that I will run across five people that I know. That is such a blessing. I am never amongst strangers in 22401. You see a lot of people on bicycles, running, jogging.
Why did you take a job on board?
Well the staff is amazing! Hearing throughout the community about Downtown Greens is what brought me closer to it. It was all positive and having conversations with you and other staff and volunteers, I felt that I could give something. I felt that the people that I knew wanted to know and it was my job to tell them about Downtown Greens.
What is your favorite plant?
A flower. I love knockout roses. Knockout roses helped me begin to understand what a perennial and annual plant is. It was because of a conversation I had with my neighbor about her knockout roses, and it became my favorite flower. I now have four dozen roses tattooed across my body.