Growing Power, Elfenworks Foundation : Will Allen receives 2010 “In Harmony with Hope” award
Elfenworks Foundation Celebrates U.S. Change-Makers Working Toward Alleviating Domestic Poverty
BURLINGAME, CA. – Sept. 30, 2010 – Today the Elfenworks Foundation presented Will Allen with one of three 2010 In Harmony with Hope Awards, an honor that celebrates change-makers across the country working towards alleviating domestic poverty. The award is sponsored by The Elfenworks Foundation, an organization supported by President Jimmy Carter, which encourages and recognizes the good work of social innovators.
The Foundation recognized Will Allen for his work both at home in Milwaukee and throughout the country to bring healthy, low-cost and sustainable food to the nation's food deserts. Allen, a recipient of the 2008 MacArthur Genius Award, has also been recognized by TIME Magazine as one of 100 Influential people for his significant contributions to the Good Food Revolution.
The 4th Annual Harmony with Hopes awards ceremony were held at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, Calif., and hosted by NFL Hall of Fame Star Ronnie Lott, who also is founder of All Stars Helping Kids.
Allen was joined on stage by two other recipients of this year’s In Harmony with Hope Award:
* Rosanne Haggerty, the founder and president of Common Ground. In the past 20 years, Haggerty has helped house and supply supportive services to 5,000 homeless and low-income individuals in and around New York. It is a model that is being replicated in cities across the country and the world, and has inspired Common Ground's national 100,000 Homes campaign.
* Rebecca Onie, co-founder and executive director of Project HEALTH, was just 17 when she lit upon a simple but powerful idea: College students could volunteer to work with physician/nurse mentors to locate critically needed social resources for children visiting the nation's pediatric clinics. Today, 600 student volunteers help 14,000 people obtain critically needed resources in 18 sites each year through Project HEALTH's Family Help Desks.
"We're thrilled with our awardees, all of whom are true visionaries: Will Allen growing food in our country's food deserts, Rosanne Haggerty offering supportive housing for the homeless, and Rebecca Onie delivering integrative health services. It's also very meaningful to me to have Ronnie Lott as our MC," says founding CEO Lauren Speeth.
For more information on the event, the honorees, The Elfenworks Foundation, and how you can help one, help many, start a ripple and create change, please visit http://www.elfenworks.org <http://www.elfenworks.org> <http://www.elfenworks.org/> .
About The Elfenworks Foundation
The Elfenworks Foundation (TEF) is a creative and hardworking team comprised of dreamers and doers; social entrepreneurs and transformational leaders in the Silicon Valley who hope to raise awareness, forge alliances and support the efforts of visionary change-makers. In short, Elfenworks provides a sort of venture philanthropy, betting on new ideas for lasting, positive, and measurable change and providing the management consulting and know-how to make that change a reality.
About Growing Power Growing Power was started in Milwaukee, WI in 1993 by Will Allen – a 2008 winner of a MacArthur “Genius Award” who has long worked to produce and deliver healthy food to low-income urban populations. It is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.
About Will Allen
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader, and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.