ENVIRONMENTAL ACCESS FUND
“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting.
As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer
Dear Friends, Visionaries, Change-Makers,
Like us, are you feeling especially heartened this year by the spring chorus, budding trees, blooming bulbs and warming sun? While the pandemic radically limited us, along with many organizations last year, it has also affirmed our mission; people are expressing a clear need for community, connection, nature, and purpose. We are delighted to be seeing increasing requests for in-person, outdoor programs from a variety of groups.
Shimmering Light has a 24-year history of making nature-based education accessible to many people who may not normally have access. This spring we have already offered programs to veterans, people with traumatic brain injuries, Native Americans, people with differing abilities and those journeying through cancer. Program participants feel the support of the earth, learn new skills to reciprocate that support, and report feeling empowered and more connected to their own purpose and capabilities. Just as our planet needs the diversity and wisdom of all beings in the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms to be regenerative, we need the participation of all the humans, all of our unique genius, to co-create a just, equitable and magnificent future.
In order to continue to become more inclusive of all people and meet our financial needs, we are inviting your support of our new Environmental Access Fund. The Environmental Access Fund is a mechanism for providing equitable access to nature-based education with a goal to raise $8,000 in program funding. We are off to a solid start with a $1,650 in initial commitments! Here are the two categories the funding will support:
Financial need-based funding is for those who self-identify as living on SSDI, SSI, Social Security, or Unemployment. Those living on reduced income and/or increased expenses due to: illness, uncovered medical expenses, the special needs of dependents and/or underemployment
Paid participation for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx or have been otherwise racialized. We gratefully acknowledge that modern American agriculture, herbalism and nature connection practices rest squarely on the shoulders of many generations of black and brown people whose lands, labor and/or knowledge were taken by force. We sadly acknowledge that less than 1% of the lands in the Northeastern U.S. are owned by people of color and that many do not have any access to natural spaces. We seek to outreach and include more people of color in developing, leading and participating in our programs.
Here are some examples of what your support could cover:
Indigenous participation in the 9-month Backyard Herbalist program to learn about native medicine plants. We currently have two Haudenosaunee Seneca participants and a Seneca Herbalist, Nu Helgager, who will be our first Indigenous instructor in this program during our summer session ($450 per person).
Supporting a full day retreat offering for a metastatic cancer group ($75 per person).
Farm membership, including participation in the weekly seasonal community garden, for a veteran and their family ($250 per family).
Underwriting a monthly forest bathing walk for a group serving people with traumatic brain injuries ($180/walk).
Please join us in making a gift to the Environmental Access Fund today! You may donate online with the DONATE button below or mail a check to: Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center, PO Box 599, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
In Great Gratitude,
Deb Denome, Lead Steward and the Shimmering Light Steward Circle, Peter and Mary Beth Gamba, Annie and Mike O'Reilly, Bob Bulger, Nancy Rizzolo, Helen Smith, Gail Furst and Cat Holland
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Thank you for your Generous Support!!