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The Department of Park and Recreation (DPR) is excited to expand the Urban Garden Programs into 2016

In 2014, DPR created the Urban Garden Programs to increase access, knowledge and ability around expanding urban agriculture in DC. Some of the Urban Garden Programs consisted of creating over 100 free garden classes, creating a critter proof and efficient community compost network, and creating a garden tool share. 1000s of DC residents have participated in these programs for the last two years. DPR is hoping to continue and expand these programs in 2016.

Currently 1000s of DC residents are experiencing various forms of food insecurity. 12.2% of all households in DC report difficulties in affordability and access to fruits and vegetables. This inability for DC households to get access to healthy and affordable food has helped contributed to the increase of many preventable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, adult and childhood obesity. A significant way to increase the District�s access to healthy and affordable food is to support DC�s Urban Garden Movement. The DPR Urban Garden Programs are designed to expand and increase the success for the urban gardening movement.

If fully funded DPR will offer over 100 free classes throughout DC during the 2016 fiscal year from an urban garden certification course, a garden carpentry course, a master urban composter course and a summer class series of 50 plus classes about every aspect of urban gardening from growing in containers to mushroom growing. DPR will also maintain and expand its new garden tool share and Community Compost Network. DPR has set up 30 critter proof, responsible, and efficient community compost systems around the district manage by trained community cooperatives with the capacity for reaching 3000 participants and processing 30 tons of material a month. This is comparable with a small scale compost facility but with no carbon footprint and needing no operational budget! If funded DPR can continue to grow and expand this network. More information on Community Compost Network.

Please support this initiative to help increase access, knowledge and ability for DC communities to grow their own healthy foods. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to cover the cost of the teaching contracts, new compost bins, and new garden tools.

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ODR 2016 Annual Disability Awareness Exposition

The District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights (ODR) will be sponsoring the 2016 Mayor s Annual Disability Awareness Exposition on October 2016.

With over 71,000 people with disabilities living in the District, it is hard to ignore the needs of these individuals, whether it is as simple as an accessible parking spot, or as complicated as navigating government assistance ( Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, 2013 Disability Compendium). This Annual Disability Awareness Exposition boasts a partnership of over 60 community organizations and agencies working together to inform more than 500 residents and guests with disabilities of important services and opportunities that enhance an inclusive community.

People with disabilities make up a significant part of our community. Thankfully, there are excellent services in the District. However, as anyone with a disability is aware, those services can be scattered, and difficult to locate. Too often, people are confused and overwhelmed when trying to find assistance in a specific area. ODR believes that people should not struggle to locate the best resource, especially when it relates to their protected rights in the District. This is why ODR and the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities host this highly-anticipated solution to the challenges associated with finding the appropriate service.

If fully funded ODR will offer the most comprehensive list of service providers so that guests can quickly get the help they need. The need for our event is growing and we need your help to expand the event. Exhibitors range from social inclusion, cutting-edge technology, and innovative accessible transportation to employment skill-building services and organizations with open positions. The exposition serves as an opportunity to unveil exciting District programs, such as Transport DC, and connect community members with providers of valuable technology.

This fall will mark the ninth year of this informative and celebrated event. Please support this initiative to help increase access, knowledge and ability for people with disabilities in our community. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 to cover additional costs of the Expo 2016: equipment and refreshments.

Check out the Disability Sensitivity Training Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8/.

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