Thank You 2018 Corporate and Foundation Grantmakers!

unumEach year Community Harvest Project relies on generous donations from community grantors to keep our programs running. Last year was no exception and in 2018 our grants supported a large range of CHP’s work, from operating support to specific equipment or programs.

Many exciting projects were made possible by these corporate and foundation grants, such as curtailing erosion and launching a new education program with South High Community School called CRAVE (ClassRoom Agriculture and Vegetable Education). They also funded the vital basics that make our operation possible, like seeds and potting soil, cardboard boxes for distributing produce, and the staff that makes the fundraises, farms, educates, and manages our volunteer programs.

Thank you to our generous grantors, listed below, who ensure that CHP can continue fulfilling our mission. In 2018, your grant support helped enable CHP to donate hundreds of thousands of servings of fresh fruits and vegetables through 14 local community partners serving 90,000 individuals and families8,726 community volunteers of all ages helped us get the work done.

Altria Groupa and Distribution Company
AmazonSmile Foundation
AvalonBay Communities
Avidia Bank
Bank of America
Bay State Savings Bank
Bemis Associates, Inc.
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Berkshire Bank
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Scientific
Bridging Peace Fund Of Tides Foundation
CarMax Foundation
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Clinton Savings Bank
Dana Hall School
DELL Technologies
Doe Family Foundation
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Fallon Health
Fletcher Foundation
FM Global Foundation
Foundation for MetroWest
Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
Frederick E. Weber Charities Corporation
French Family Foundation
George & Alice Rich Charitable Foundation
Give With Liberty
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Hanover Insurance Group Inc.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hoche-Scofield Foundation
Homefield Credit Union
Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation
Lai (Voon Seng) Household
Leominster Credit Union
Mildred H. McEvoy Foundation
Milford National Charitable Foundation Inc.
Myra Kraft Community MVP Award
National Grid
Nypro – A Jabil Company
Ocean Spray
Osterman Propane
People’s United Bank
PolyOne Distribution
Project Bread
Quite Fetching
Roots in Nature
Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation
Schwartz Charitable Foundation
State Street Foundation, Inc.
Stonewall Fund
Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Tufts University
United Way Of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Vertex Foundation
Webster Five Foundation
Winning Home, Inc.
Worcester County Food Bank
Worcester Garden Club
Yesod Foundation, Inc.

2019 Brings Exciting New Changes to CHP!

Our New Executive Director

katWe are excited to announce the appointment our new Executive Director, Kat Edwards, who will be taking over the CHP helm from Cordelia Lyon. In her new position Ms. Edwards will lead the foundation’s strategic planning and execution by working collaboratively on a wide range of issues related to CHP’s mission. She plans to continue to develop and grow our community partnerships with leaders in food insecurity nonprofits, business, and government, as well as oversee the existing and evolving volunteer partnerships with our amazing farm and orchard managers. In her role as Executive Director Edwards will provide the Board of Directors with clear strategic leadership and tactical direction while overseeing daily operations at our Grafton farms and Harvard orchard properties.

She is an accomplished professional with many years in executive management of Boston companies and years of managing non-profit organizations. Ms. Edwards most recently worked as a private consultant to foundations and educational institutions, and before that was the Executive Director of The Rappaport Foundation in Boston. Prior to that she worked for The Concord Land Conservation Trust, as an Environmental Commissioner for the Town of Concord, and as Executive Vice President of Donald Tofias & Co. While working for the Land Trust and as a Conservation Commissioner, Edwards interfaced closely with developers, Trustees, town officials, landowners and wealthy donors on complex conservation initiatives and successfully managed the numerous acquisition campaigns for critical land threatened with development.

Kat’s extensive experience in nonprofit development and implementation of marketing strategies, e-based public relations, and communications initiatives also add to what she will be bringing to CHP. She has proven to be an innovative leader who demonstrates outstanding strategic thinking and analytical planning with flexibility, creativity and systemic thought. Edward’s diverse background and creative vision is the perfect fit to advance CHP’s goals of expanding its mission and creating new partnerships.

“I am so lucky to be part of the CHP team. I believe a great nonprofit team requires not only a deep commitment to the foundation’s mission, but also collaborative skills that include conviction, vision and tons of creative energy. I believe CHP’s sincerity of purpose inspires our volunteers to believe that they can make a difference, and then we enable them to make that difference. We plant the seed and they grow that dream into reality. Cordie did an amazing job at CHP and I am excited to move her work forward!” said Kat.

Please join us in welcoming her aboard!

Next month:

Our New Board Member: Bob Paulsen

A Board Member moves on: John Wornham

Schedule Your 2019 Volunteer Visit With Community Harvest Project

wegmanssunflowercrew2 07.29.2018As an organization that relies heavily on support from our community to do the work of the farm we are lucky to have such a loyal following of volunteers.  Year after year we see many of the same groups who look forward to coming out to our farms to assist us in providing healthy and fresh locally grown produce to our local hunger relief partners.  What better way to spend a cold winter day than to begin planning a visit out to our farms this spring, summer or fall?

As we head into the 2019 farming season we are excited to welcome both our loyal regular volunteers and the many new friends that we typically encounter throughout the year back to our farms.  With that comes the need to begin organizing the schedule, we will begin taking Group Volunteer Scheduling Requests for our 2019 Season on Monday, January 14th.    

Here are just a few of the comments from past visitors, come on out and join in the fun!community-servings-07.13.2018.jpg

“Please keep doing fun, community-driven, food-related, volunteering projects like this!”

“The importance of caring and helping those in need makes me feel good knowing that my small part in this experience will make a part of their life a little better or easier. “

“The people are wonderful, the experience is wonderful and I’m thankful that my company allows us time to step away from our desks and do something good for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all the good folks there that do what they do everyday to ensure those less fortunate can get healthy food into their diets.  Your work is so important and we ALL appreciate it and the opportunity to jump in and help every year.”

If you are interested in joining in for our 2019 Season and bringing your group out to volunteer it’s as easy as visiting our CHP volunteer page and filling out and submitting a Group Leader Interest Form.