ELIZABETH–Groundwork Elizabeth, a 501c3 non-profit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, celebrated its 10th anniversary at “The Arches” on Anna Street in the State’s 4th largest and oldest city on Nov. 12. The organization is part of a national network of Groundwork Trusts dedicated to sustained urban regeneration. Event Chair Maria Carvalho coordinated the event.
Groundwork honored Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, represented by Mary Phillips, the Elizabeth Policeman Benevolent Association #4 represented by Rich Steinke, and City of Elizabeth’s attorney William Holzapfel. Master of ceremonies Jennifer Costa highlighted Groundwork areas of success in Groundwork’s Youth Green Team Program, its role in the design and construction of the beginning phase of the Elizabeth River Trail, its work in Brownfields, park restorations, Green Careers, and other environmentally sensitive projects and programs. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Come Grow with Us! Community Gardening Director Jackie Park Albaum shared the Groundwork pledge to grow nutritionally healthy produce and offer local nutritional programming in its 13+ gardens in Elizabeth and parts of Union County.
A select group of youth members of the Groundwork Green Team were on hand to share their experiences with the adult crowd, speaking of repairing the present for a better future. Executive Director Jonathan Phillips pointed out that although Groundwork is literally on the ground with its projects and program, in the end it is about the people served that constitute its mission of “changing places, changing lives”.
Groundwork Elizabeth works closely with Mayor Chris Bollwage, the County of Union, the State of New Jeresy, its many non profit partners, private sector supporters. Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano both presented resolutions from the State and County noting Groundwork’s 10th anniversary.
To learn more about Groundwork Elizabeth, visit www.groundworkelizabeth.com.
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