The pilot phase of what is now SWAG Project. Originally, TEAM Charter, Peshine Avenue Elementary and First Tabernacle combined under the direction of Planting Seeds of Hope to construct and fill four planter boxes with a variety of herbs and vegetables and build a compost bin. The project was part of the Let’s Move! Newark initiative and received a prize from the City of Newark as well as awards for top community garden in the South Ward by the Greater Newark Conservancy.
TEAM Charter Faith Outreach 2009
TEAM Schools partnered with Planting Seeds of Hope to convene an interfaith education working group. Key Newark faith leaders assembled to consider, plan and implement partnerships between schools and houses of worship that enriched the community surrounding the schools. Highlight was an interfaith summit at TEAM during which Mayor Cory Booker thanked faith leaders for coming together to meet his challenge for them to do more for the communities around them.
Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Initiative 2008-2009
Community organizing by Planting Seeds of Hope that brought together Pennsauken, NJ officials, community leaders, NGOs and other stakeholders to pursue a comprehensive community development agenda including action areas such as: combatting health risks, creating positive youth activities and updating older neighborhoods with new community assets. This groundwork became the community outreach/community planning process for the Delaware Gardens neighborhood on the Pennsauken/Camden border, supported by a grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation in 2011-2012.
Back to School Bash 2005-2007
First official program of Planting Seeds of Hope that was a response to the reflective question, “What can I, as a pastor in this community, do to identify needs here and then meet those needs?” asked by Rev. Dobson of himself in the early ’00s. Solicited funders, donors and volunteers to meet the back-to-school needs of working families by giving away items such as school supplies, clothing, haircuts, health screenings, etc. The program saw quick growth from 1500 to 5000 attendees from across the Camden County – Philadelphia area.
PSH is a registered 501c3 charitable organization in the State of New Jersey