2002-04-06 / Community

Weed and Seed Starts Workshop Series

Weed and Seed Starts Workshop Series

The federally funded Weed & Seed program at Far Rockaway started their "Workshop Series" on Saturday, March 23, 2002 at the Arverne Public Library. The program consists of a series of community-oriented workshops geared to help and assist community residents, in a variety of areas, to improve and learn skills that will make them more self-efficient.

They launched the first workshop on grant writing for community organizations. This was an important topic explaining the aspects of how and where to apply for grant funding. It was chosen to help pre-existing programs the opportunity for sustainability as well as giving new community programs the knowledge of funding areas to startup.

Registration and turnout was quite successful and a second workshop on this topic will be scheduled in the future. The workshop’s facilitator was the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration, Ms. Christina Lyndrup. She is a successful grant writer for the City of New York.

Some of the participants in the grant writing workshop included: Edie Creshan (North Shore University Hospital), Sharon Smith (Project for Rockaway Youth), Michele Rothwell Williams (Life Line Ministries), Glendia Nesmith and Constance Cabell (Blanche Day Care Center), Birdie Wheeler (Rockaway Head Start Program), Isaac Parsee (United Rockaway Development Association), Mylene Dieudonne (PAL), Dolores Sadler and Randy Mills (Hope VI), Frederica Jeffries (Queens District Attorney’s Office), Beatrice Dennis (Arverne Resident Council), McKinley Higtower Beyah and Wajeedah Anderson-Beyah (Loving Care Center).

Future workshops are scheduled to take place monthly on new areas of interest. For more information you can call the program coordinator, P.O. Mary Craine-Bachner (NYPD) at (646) 610-7333.

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