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NJASC State Charity 2017-2018

America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) is honored to have been selected as the 2017-18 State Charity by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC). NJASC conducts an annual State Charity program which over the years has resulted in more than four million dollars in donations from Student Councils throughout New Jersey. Each year the student State Officers carefully review potential State Charities in terms of overall mission, the impact of and ability to utilize the funds the members would raise, ability to inspire, and dedication to keeping funds raised in New Jersey. As the State Charity, America’s Grow-a-Row will collaborate with NJASC throughout the year to offer meaningful volunteer opportunities to students throughout the state; the youth volunteers will plant seeds and seedlings, harvest crops, participate in lessons and workshops about hunger and poverty, and learn about agriculture and the importance of preserving the environment. America’s Grow-a-Row will also participate in numerous NJASC conferences and events throughout the year and will visit the schools in support of activities to raise awareness and funds for the program.

Planned use of funds

Host 3,000 high school and middle school students (50 groups) at our farm

  • Plant seeds and seedlings
  • Harvest crops
  • Participate in hunger education workshops and lessons in the fields and at your schools
  • Learn about agriculture

Harvest/Distribute 275,000 pounds of produce in New Jersey

  • 275,000 pounds equals approximately 1.1 million servings of farm-fresh food
  • Food will be distributed to food banks, soup kitchens, and via our Free Farm Markets

Volunteer opportunities

Planting/Harvesting/Gleaning

  • 50 NJASC Groups – 3,000 students
  • Weekday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 (can be flexible)
  • Option to include farm tours and extended education
  • Try to schedule 1-2 months in advance
  • Contact Julie Rusin, Director of Programming, at [email protected]

Why do you want to volunteer in the fields? Spread the word!

  • You will be donating 275,000 lbs of produce–share why this matters!
  • Instagram and Tweet @AGARNJ on why you want to give back–#StateCharityAGAR
  • Like and share on Facebook

Available tools to help reach NJASC’s fundraising goal of $102,017

Pennies 4 Produce materials and ideas

  • Find details on great ideas like supermarket coin collections, bake sales, coffee houses, movie nights, ice cream socials, jammies days, penny wars, and more HERE.

AGAR Education Team to provide:

  • Presentation support
  • School visits for hunger education
  • On-site support to present State Charity fundraising ideas
  • Social Media push – our followers to support NJASC