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Semi-Finalists Announced for Community Grows Here; Time to Vote!

Over the month of February, community members nominated their favorite Baltimore metro area-based non-profits for Floura Teeter’s 5th annual Community Grows Here competition.

Established in 2014, the Community Grows Here initiative identifies and supports one local non-profit with pro bono services or financial or volunteer support for an entire year. The program was launched following the success of the firm’s 10th anniversary initiative in which we supported 10 local charities over the course of a year.

Past winners include CivicWorks, The League for People with Disabilities, and the Board of Child Care. Most recently Floura Teeter has been working with the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School community to develop a master plan for the school’s campus.

Decided by a panel of judges, our 2018 finalists include:

The Highlandtown Community Association – who requests the assistance of Floura Teeter’s landscape design services to expand the possibilities of the Conkling Street Garden, a community-driven small-plot urban garden. The Highlandtown Community Association is seeking the creation of a Master Plan for their garden to expand future community programming opportunities.

The 6th Branch – a veteran-led community development non-profit that brings communities and volunteers together to support Baltimore City neighborhoods. The 6th Branch’s main effort is rebuilding vacant lots into community green spaces, and requests volunteer support, financial support, and greening advice for projects in 2018 and beyond.

The Women’s Housing Coalition – a non-profit that provides formerly homeless women and children with permanent supportive housing. The Women’s Housing Coalition sees several opportunities; a meditation garden, raised planter beds, perennial and container gardens, and composting, all for the purpose of providing educational and meditative benefits to the residents and staff.

Thank you to our four panelists for narrowing down the wide range of nominations.

• David Dymond, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI CDT, NCARB, Associate, Gensler
• Bob Gorman, Retired
• Lisa Norris, District Council Coordinator, ULI Baltimore
• Aaron Teeter, PLA, LEED AP, Principal, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects

Our panelists agreed on these three non-profits because of their focus on community and demonstrated need.

To coincide with National Landscape Architecture month, Floura Teeter will begin supporting the winning cause in April 2018, providing regular updates on our website and social media channels. The actual type of support given to the winning organization will be determined by the nature of its request.

Please consider taking part in helping us support the community in which we work and play and vote for your favorite non-profit today.

Cast your vote below! All voting concludes March 30th at 11:59 PM.

If the form above is not working or loading, please head to this link to vote.

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