December 2019

Dear Friend,

I am writing to you today because the effects of climate change are taking a toll on both our planet and our community. Now more than ever, we need to come together as neighbors, and now more than ever, the planet needs your stewardship. As the climate crisis grows globally, KNOX needs your help to take action right here at home. Planting trees and reducing the distance our food travels can make significant contributions to reduce the effects of climate change. It also promotes the wellness of everyone in Hartford by creating a greener, more sustainable city.

Thanks to your support, KNOX is already stepping up. This past October was a month when things seemed to fall into place by magic. I invite you to pause for a moment and imagine some of the magic your support has made possible in Hartford.

Imagine volunteers from TD Bank coming together with students at the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker to plant 24 trees. Students not only helped to shovel dirt, they explored the different types of trees being planted, read the story of Mr. Timber, and learned how to steward their environment as tree tenders. Now imagine groups of volunteers both large and small planting trees throughout the city. With your support, KNOX volunteers and our Green Crew planted 175 trees together in October!

Imagine KNOX farmers sitting down with food service professionals at Hartford Public Schools to learn how they can coordinate their growing to infuse more fresh, locally-grown produce into the school meal menu. As farmers began to discuss what they learned with one another, they found ways to synchronize their growing schedule to meet more of the need. In October, thanks to your support, KNOX farmers provided more than one ton of fresh produce to Hartford Public Schools! That one month is equivalent to the amount KNOX farmers provided to the schools in the last growing season, and your support made that growth possible!

Imagine neighbors who work together in a KNOX-managed garden coming together to share their aspirations and challenges in the garden with one another and with KNOX. This provided clear insight on how these gardens can do even more for the community and for the people who are growing fresh produce to share with their friends and family.

Of course, magic didn’t make these things happen – you did. Your support makes these outcomes possible.

I invite you to imagine a year full of months like the one described above. With your support, we can build on these efforts and continue to grow Hartford together. As this year closes, we have a lot to be grateful for, yet we have so much more to do. We need your help. No matter the size, your gift is significant and will make a difference. You can fill out the enclosed pledge form or give on-line at www.knoxhartford.org/donate.

With Gratitude,

Patrick Doyle

P.S. Consider leaving a legacy to the earth by including KNOX in your estate planning (and please let us know if you already have).