Environment and Food Justice

Below are Neighbors Project’s community partners that are in the Environment and Food Justice issue area. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact neighborsproject@gmail.com

Anacostia Watershed Society

The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage in order to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Volunteers can help restore and beautify areas around the Anacostia Watershed.

Casey Trees

Casey Trees was founded in response to the adverse effects of D.C.’s diminishing tree population. The organization is committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital, while also empowering citizens to become environmental stewards. Since 2003, Casey Trees  has  planted  over  7,000 trees during more than 250 planting events. Volunteers can plant, identify and inventory trees, as well as educate others on forestry issues.

GroW Community Garden

GroW Community Garden was founded in 2009 with the help of a GW student group called Food Justice Alliance. The purpose of the garden is to restore the environment, promote community, build relationships and pursue justice through food. Created by the Landscape Design Program, the garden benefits the community by providing pounds of regular fresh produce to local soup kitchens and supporting biodiversity on campus. Volunteers can help with general maintenance of the gardens or adopt a specific garden with a group of people and be responsible for its upkeep.

Neighborhood Farm Initiative

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative aims to improve underutilized public green spaces by creating demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide gardening education, thereby increasing access to fresh vegetables for all members of the community. Volunteers can help maintain the community gardens and transport harvested plants to DC Central Kitchen, a local community organization.

Washington Parks & People

Washington Parks & People is a network of community park partnerships that works to revitalize Washington by reconnecting two of its greatest, but most forgotten assets: the vast network of public lands and its corps of dedicated community leaders. Volunteers can help with park clean up, invasive plant removal, tree care and maintenance, as well as help with park programming, including educational workshops and community events.

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