Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Community Transit and United Way: Building Community Together

Earlier this month, Community Transit kicked off our 2014 United Way campaign, Building Community Together, by participating in the United Way of Snohomish County Days of Caring on September 12 & 13 at the Mukilteo Community Garden.
Community Transit’s United Way Days of Caring Volunteers
The garden provided almost 1900 lbs of fresh produce to Snohomish County food banks last year
The Mukilteo Community Garden, now in its sixth year, has 1,800 square feet of plants producing food destined for Snohomish County food banks and other nonprofits.   In 2013, the garden contributed almost 1900 lbs of fresh produce to area food banks.  Community members are able to rent one of the garden’s p-patch beds in exchange for volunteering their time to cultivate and harvest the food bank beds.
Community Transit employees Michael Shea and Rob Jensen cut wood for planter boxes
Community Transit United Way team member, Claudia McConnell, finds a deep root while weeding a food bank bed.

Over 25 Community Transit staff and family volunteers assisted with weeding, painting, building planter boxes, repairing a roof and compost bins and weighing out the harvest.

Director of Customer Relations, Bob Throckmorton, spruces up the garden’s office with a fresh coat of paint.
Vanpool coordinator, Liz Sherman, removes morning glory and other weeds from around the garden’s fence.
“We felt that the Mukilteo Community Garden fit well with Community Transit’s mission, said Diane Kinnear, Co-Chair of the Community Transit’s United Way Team, “The garden brings people together while also giving back to those in most need in our community.”