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Community Grows Here!

In 2014 FTLA kicked off our annual Community Grows Here program to support the community in which we do business. The Community Grows Here program was set up to identify one local non-profit organization to receive pro bono services or financial or volunteer support throughout the year. Our 2014 winner, CivicWorks, received pro bono landscape design services to secure a $50,000 grant as one of seven winners of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Growing Green Competition. FTLA continues to support CivicWorks in the design of a safe, green parking lot and pocket park for the Dayspring Programs facility. Led by Landscape Designer, Adriana Mendoza, FTLA is providing all design services and support associated with this project including organizing workshops for children of the Dayspring Programs who will assist in planting and maintaining the project. FTLA has taken a sustainable approach to this project including objectives such as net-zero stormwater runoff through best management practices, reduction of heat island effect through grass grid paver system or reflective paving materials, and increased vegetation. The project should be completed this spring, just in time to begin our support for the next Community Grows Here winner.

Starting on February 2, colleagues, clients, friends and family can nominate their favorite Baltimore metro area-based non-profit to be the Community Grows Here recipient for 2015 on the FTLA Facebook page. Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2015. A panel of judges will choose their top three causes from those nominated as finalists. During the month of March, our Facebook followers can vote on their favorite finalist to win.

To enter FTLA’s Second Annual Community Grows Here Facebook competition:
Nominations open February 2nd and must be posted on the FTLA Facebook page no later than February 28th. To nominate a cause, posters must simply include:

1. The name of the organization.
2. The type of work the organization does.
3. The type of support requested.
4. Why this non-profit needs our help.
5. Any relevant photos or other information.

To coincide with National Landscape Architecture month, the winning non-profit will be notified and announced by April 3, 2015, with support beginning immediately and continuing throughout 2015.

Following the success of our inaugural Community Grows Here initiative, we are excited to support another deserving Baltimore area non-profit through this program. Help us support the community in which we live, work, and play by nominating and voting for your favorite non-profit on the FTLA Facebook page beginning on Monday.

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