The Tri Cyclists took to Facebook this past week, sharing a series of posts that showcase the impact they achieved in 2018—and it's nothing short of awe-inspiring. Below we've shared a few of the highlights.
1,750 Unique Volunteers Served Almost 10,000 Hours
"This year, over 1,750 unique volunteers served almost 10,000 hours with Tri Cycle. This work is vital to the success of our organization and without support from our community members and partners, we would not exist.
Throughout 2018, we hosted volunteers from CLIF Bar, University of Arkansas Honors College, University of Arkansas Greek Life, Volunteer Action Center, Teen Action & Support Center (TASC), Hendrix College, Food Not Bombs NWA, Full Stomachs, Clean Feet, Juice Palm, Specialized Real Estate Group, Walmart, and more!
Individual and group workdays are just another way to get involved with your community at Tri Cycle Farms!"
Did You Know?
"Did you know that our 2-acre urban farm-park is 100% spray and pesticide-free? Did you know that we harvested over 3,000 lbs of produce during this year's harvest season? Did you know that from that food, over 2,500 lbs of delicious and nutritious produce was donated to those most in need in our community?
Growing food is just one of the ways we fight to alleviate food insecurity in NWA. We would not be able to do this work without the support of our hard-working volunteers and dedicated donors who have shared their time, money and resources to help keep us moving forward. The love from our community is what allows us to make our goals a reality."
"Field Trips to the farm are just one of the ways that we make an #impact in our community. This year we had visitors from Prism Education Center, Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Yvonne Richardson Community Center, Cadence Academy Preschool, Fayetteville, and Washington Elementary. All of whom got a chance to experience the beauty of our 2-acre, spray and pesticide-free, urban farm-park.
Part of the Tri Cycle Farms mission is to educate our community members on how to grow their own food. We know that we alone cannot solve the major problem of hunger that Arkansas faces. However, we understand that we all have the ability to learn how to get back to the basics of growing food. This is just one way we are able to make a difference in NWA."
The City Chicks
"People who feed water and love these hens each year are Chicken Tenders. This is a program at Tri Cycle Farms sponsored by Ozark Natural Foods!"
AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region
"Our second AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region team (Earth Team 2) hard at work in the spring. Watch this short video capturing moments in the 13 weeks where invasive species were removed, the food forest planted and other community gardens expanded. It doesn't hurt that Handmade Moments lent us their beautiful voices. Enjoy!"
What a year!!!
But let's return to those 10,000 hours...we happen to know that the Independent Sector calculates the national value of volunteer time each year so charitable organizations can place a $ value on the contributions of their volunteers. This year, it is $24.69. Based on some quick math, that means Tri Cycle Farms enlisted around $246,900 worth of community service in the fight for food security in 2018.
Inspired? Want to get involved? Here are some ways you can help.
Psst...spread the word.
Tri Cycle Farms is currently looking for three dynamic, outgoing, enthusiastic service members to join their AmeriCorps VISTA team. Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA requires a one year commit to working full-time alongside the Director and the rest of the VISTA team to help Tri Cycle build capacity to become a sustainable organization.
If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in joining the Tri Cycle team, please follow the link below to learn more about their three available AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member positions: http://bit.ly/2FOSB4U
Donating is so easy! Just follow the link to give a monthly donation of $5, $10, or more: http://bit.ly/2DQIda8
If you would like to make a one-time donation, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/2Qxb620