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And the Community Grows Here winner for 2015 is…

FTLA is happy to announce the winner of our second annual Community Grows Here contest is The League for People with Disabilities! The League for People with Disabilities serves more than 2,500 people annually through nine therapeutic programs that help individuals with disabilities gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. The League entered the Community Grows Here contest requesting help to establish a garden revitalization program where members of their programs would have the opportunity to nurture and grow plants which produce fruits and vegetables for consumption. The League is hoping to educate their program’s members on horticulture and gardening techniques through the establishment of the garden revitalization program.

League-photo-300x225FTLA is excited at the opportunity of supporting The League in their mission. We recognize that being outside and working in a garden can be a therapeutic experience for individuals with disabilities. According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, socialization, strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance and endurance. We applaud The League’s efforts in employing horticultural therapy to achieve their mission and look forward to applying our knowledge and expertise to help them with this effort.

In February our second annual Community Grows Here Facebook contest was launched. Colleagues, clients, friends and family had the opportunity to nominate their favorite local non-profit organization to receive support from us throughout 2015. The League for People with Disabilities was selected as one of three finalists by a panel of judges including FTLA Principal Aaron Teeter, AMT Senior Marketing Coordinator Crystal Yamber, and Cho Benn Holback Architects’ Michael Crowley. The competition was stiff but The League pulled through with the most votes.

For more information about FTLA’s Community Grows Here initiative and stay up-to-date on FTLA’s work with The League, like FTLA on Facebook.

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