Grant #21: Mike – Charles River Center
The Charles River Center will use their $5,000 grant to purchase a shed and coolbot system for their Horticulture Program, which engages individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, in farming activities. This program helps these individuals to develop and strengthen transferrable skills for future employment and provides other numerous physical and therapeutic benefits as well. The shed and coolbot system will allow the program to increase its capacity by allowing for the proper storage of an expanded number of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, ensuring they will stay fresh longer before being donated to local food pantries. To date, the program has engaged over 80 individuals.