The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has partnered with community volunteers in Cassadaga, Forestville, and Lily Dale to launch the BLOOM Front Garden Recognition Program this summer.
The program recognizes and celebrates the work of residents who contribute to the beauty and vibrancy of the northern Chautauqua region through their gardens and landscaping.
In June and July, groups of volunteer parishioners surveyed each parish to identify landscapes that deserve recognition. The project culminated in the distribution of 75 BLOOM garden signs to homeowners in the area. Homeowners also had the opportunity to take part in a raffle; fifteen (15) entrants received Chautauqua Chamber gift certificates up to a value of $ 100.
BLOOM was piloted in 2019 but was put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic. BLOOM has caught the attention of residents and summer visitors alike, who enjoyed the cheery BLOOM signs and beautifully manicured landscapes. The lively landscapes and garden signs showed blooming community pride. The participants of BLOOM 2021 gave very positive feedback: “Your program has given people an incentive to beautify and improve their landscaping.” “Very appreciated.” “So much fun and a blessing for our cities.” “I’m looking forward to Bloom 2022!” “Thank you for recognizing our efforts.” “We love and appreciate our BLOOM canvas bag and our courtyard sign.”
“The NCCF is overwhelmed by the positive response this project has generated in its second year.” said Eileen Ardillo, program coordinator for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
“We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the volunteer teams and local gardeners who have contributed to the community pride of our region. It is our sincere hope that BLOOM continues to inspire all communities to join us for BLOOM 2022. “
An information event for the BLOOM community is planned for February. Congregations interested in participating in BLOOM should send a brief statement of interest to the NCCF at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, 14048 by Friday, March 11th. For more information, contact Eileen Ardillo at 366-4892 or [email protected] The BLOOM Garden Recognition Project is a neighborhood revitalization project run by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
Since its inception in 1986, the NCCF has invested more than $ 17 million in northern Chautauqua County through strategic grants, targeted scholarships, and community collaborations. The NCCF is a tax-exempt charity that is naturally committed to promoting the community in northern Chautauqua County and promoting local philanthropy. For more information on the NCCF, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call 716-366-4892.