Interfaith Sanctuary and Wells Fargo Green Team plant a garden to uplift the community

By Krista Van Tassel
March 11th, 2014

As we reflect back on 2013 and some of our volunteer activities that created a bright spot in our communities, I wanted to share some photos from a summer project for our Green Team in Boise, Idaho.

The Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise, Idaho, is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children, and supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.

A 2012 tour of the Interfaith Sanctuary inspired the Boise Wells Fargo Green Team to help restore the Sanctuary’s worn garden into a place of beauty.

Green Team members were looking for a project for Earth Day 2013 and they left the tour inspired, discussing ways to make another garden that would hopefully be even better.

A great deal of coordination went into the Earth Day 2013 volunteer project. Working closely with Interfaith Sanctuary staff, project leads made decisions on what and when to plant.

In the meantime, children in Sanctuary’s Energizing Minds Program planted seeds in anticipation of the upcoming event. On April 20, team members brought the garden to life with an initial planting and followed up with a second planting in late May to fill-in the beds with additional flowers and vegetables.

The team hoped to bring beauty and green life to Interfaith Sanctuary’s shelter for guests to enjoy. They also wanted to create something the shelter’s children could appreciate – playing in the dirt and watching the plants grow, flourish, and turn into something to eat.

A myriad of partner donations helped make the event a success.

Watch the transformation on the garden with a short slide show.

4) planter beds at the front (can see Connector freeway & River St Exit)
The garden before the work began in Spring 2013.16) dirt massacre (in the rain)
Volunteers work on the sprinkler system.31) Fred, Peggy and Joanie (Heidi walking by)
Volunteers prepare the planting beds for new plants.38) Austin, Buzz and Aaron load up some bark while everyone works on the beds
Green Team volunteers move mulch to the new garden planters.56) beautiful lettuce
Vegetables sprout in spring and early summer.61) Beans are climbing (July)
A new plant takes shape.68) Brocolli
New plants continue to thrive.Our Garden Volunteers!
The team of volunteers that helped the Interfaith Sanctuary.
Tags:   Boise   Interfaith Santuary Garden   volunteer   
Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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