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Green Visions Spring Appeal 2020

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Green Visions & Greentopia Spring Into Action Appeal 2020

Dear Friend,

Greentopia is prepared to launch our 8th year of Green Visions on July 6th in both the JOSANA and Joseph Ave neighborhoods. The Green Visions Workforce Development Program creates beautiful green space while at the same time empowering neighborhood youth through PAID work experience and impactful, stackable trainings. Our Green Vision youth install and cultivate cut-flower gardens on over two acres of vacant city lots. The flowers grown are then harvested, arranged into bouquets and sold at the Rochester Public Market, local Wegmans and for events, by our team, providing our youth a real sense of how to run a business.

Green Visions revitalizes neighborhoods and provides at-risk youth with a resume, professional trainings, a paycheck, work experience, a roster of references and confidence to move onward and upward.



Due to our community’s needs in light of Covid-19, and the difficulties in holding fundraising events, Green Visions faces a substantial $25,000 gap in funding this year. But challenges create opportunities. We are one of the few workforce development programs that can proceed as an outdoor agricultural program. In preparation for our season, we’ve planted over 5000 seedlings in Lucas Greenhouse, are currently interviewing candidates, putting the final touches on our safety plan, and upgrading our campus to ensure that we’re ready to hit the ground running.

Your Financial Support will determine how many neighborhood youth we can hire.


  • $4000 – pays for a participant’s $3000 salary and all professional trainings
  • $1500 – covers the cost of the 10 week horticultural training provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • $750 – replaces two lawn mowers
  • $500 – Buys necessary masks and gloves
  • $250 – purchases perennial peonies for our community garden
  • $100 – equips a youth with the hand tools needed to work safely and independently

Our program is making a difference and so will your contribution. Please consider a donation, large or small.

Every dollar counts.

Thank you,

Lisa Baron
Executive Board Chair, Greentopia