(Baltimore, MD) – Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) announces that The League for People with Disabilities is the winner of the firm’s second annual “Community Grows Here” Facebook contest. The Baltimore area non-profit organization will receive support to achieve its goal of revitalizing its community garden. The League for People with Disabilities, which provides services to individuals with multiple physical, cognitive and neurological disabilities, edged out second place finalist Havre de Grace Housing Authority by 58 votes to win the contest.
The League for People with Disabilities serves more than 2,500 people annually through nine therapeutic programs that help individuals with disabilities gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. In its contest entry, The League for People with Disabilities requested assistance revitalizing its garden so members of their programs would have the opportunity to nurture and grow plants that produce fruits and vegetables for consumption. The garden must meet limited space requirements, be easily maintained and be accessible to clients with limited mobility, including those in wheelchairs. FTLA will support the non-profit in 2015 to help them realize this goal.
FTLA launched the Community Grows Here initiative in 2014 as part of its commitment to giving back to the local community, and helped last year’s winner, CivicWorks, secure a grant of $50,000 to transform a parking lot into green space. This year, nearly 600 people cast their votes for one of three finalists, narrowed down from a pool of six nominees by a panel of judges that included FTLA Principal Aaron Teeter, A. Morton Thomas Senior Marketing Coordinator Crystal Yamber and Michael Crowley from Cho Benn Holback Architects.
FTLA President Joan Floura says, “We are excited that The League for People with Disabilities won this year’s competition, and we are eager to support them in their mission. We recognize that being outside and working in a garden can be a therapeutic experience for individuals with disabilities, and we applaud The League’s efforts in employing horticultural therapy to enhance their client programs. We look forward to applying our knowledge and expertise to help them with this effort.”
Release courtesy Katie Cole, Jigsaw Marketing