Bring your organization to urban roots through a group service learning sponsorship

Bringing a group to the Urban Roots Community Farm is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants. It is a place where people of all ages can experience the transformative power that growing food brings to our lives, health and community.

We are excited to now offer Group Service Learning Sponsorships to make it possible for all school groups and nonprofits to have an opportunity to enjoy the Community Farm and a local, fresh meal around the Urban Roots table. 

 Thank you West Michigan Whitecaps for being a 2018 GSL Sponsor!

Thank you West Michigan Whitecaps for being a 2018 GSL Sponsor!

2018 sponsorship options

  • $250 - Fund your visit

  • $500 - Cover your visit + the visit of one other school or nonprofit, logo on GSL webpage

  • $1000 - Your visit + make GSL possible for three other school or nonprofit groups, logo on GSL webpage   

Reach out to info@urbanrootsgr.org if you are interested! Please include the following information:

  • Name of organization and organization address
  • How you heard of Urban Roots
  • What dates you are interested in
  • What age your participants are and how many people you expect
  • What fee you are interested in

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Practicing what we preach

Giving back implies a surplus to begin with, no matter how small.

Urban Roots charges a small fee per person for group service learning opportunities. It's normal for this to seem strange to people wanting to bring a group to volunteer because it seems counter intuitive. People think, " Wait a minute - I'm donating my time and energy - why should I pay for that?"...  

Please read on:

Author and thinker Bob Lupton says it best in his work, "Toxic Charity"... 

“Think of the transformation that would occur if mission trips were converted from make-work to development work; if soup kitchen servanthood were redirected to afford homeless men the dignity of securing their own food; if Saturday service projects shifted from pity to partnership; if government giveaways became accountable investments….When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.”

We applaud the hearts of our volunteers and appreciate all of the time and energy they contribute to our programs. We also put a high value on staying focused on our mission of cultivating sustainable food and education assets for the Madison neighborhood and our broader community. We design our programs not just for volunteerism or education's sake alone, but to connect that work to learning to serve our neighborhood and the mission of Urban Roots. The fees we collect directly support this work through our programs!