Spokane Gives kicks off Saturday




Posted on April 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 12 at 1:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- A movement called “Spokane Gives” was scheduled to kick off Saturday. It is an effort to get people in the Spokane community to volunteer.

New Lead at the Growing Hope Garden in North Spokane was looking for about one dozen volunteers to help grow food. That food will eventually end up on the tables for more than 100 women and children.

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“We, last summer, ate all those vegetables all the time,” said Amity Jones who lives in a transitional home.

Jones and her daughter lived in the transitional home near Hemlock for nearly a year.
“I literally moved in with two duffle bags. I didn't have nothing,” said Jones.

Jones used the time to grow. Jones and her daughter depended on the vegetables from a garden they otherwise could not afford.

"You don't have to pay for it, you don't have to worry about budgeting it in. You just have to walk outside and pick it off,” said Jones.

Transitions is a free job training program for low income women and their children. They also provide housing and food.

During Spokane Gives Week, Transitions is looking for volunteers to help get the beds ready for plating.

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"We would be taking the straw off, turning the soil, adding compost and just getting them ready to take the plant starts,” said Andy Dodge, a volunteer for New Leaf Bakery.