Goodness Grows News

November 2020

Newsletter #43

We Appreciate You!

Now is the time of year to stop to reflect and give thanks for the good things in our lives. Especially now, in 2020, taking time to give thanks is helpful for us all. Here at Goodness Grows, we certainly give thanks for YOU. Without your interest in and support of our programs, we wouldn't be here! We thank you for all your kindness and your donations of time, supplies, skills, and funding. Without our generous supporters, we couldn't continue our work here. You truly do make a difference. Thank you!
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There's Always Time for Jam

Current Flavors at Goodness Grows:

Jungle Jam: Strawberry Jalapeno, Blueberry Jalapeno, Blackberry Jalapeno, Cranberry Jalapeno,
Hot (Jalapeno Habanero), Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero, Pineapple Habanero

Juicy Jam: Peach Lemonade, Cranberry Orange

Current Flavors at Reach for the STARS:

Jungle Jam: Strawberry Jalapeno, Blackberry Jalapeno, Cranberry Jalapeno,
Hot (Jalapeno Habanero), Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero, Pineapple Habanero

Juicy Jam: Peach Lemonade, Cranberry Orange

Jungle Jams contain hot peppers - either jalapeno, habanero, or both.

Juicy Jams are our limited special fruit jam - no peppers here!

Give us a call at 330-549-9408 or contact us online to arrange a pick-up or delivery

or stop by Reach for the STARS in Salem.

NOTE: If you have bought jam from us and you bring back an empty jar,

you will get $1.00 off the cost of a jar of our jam!

Autumn Fun & Changes

This fall has brought some big changes to GG. We had to say goodbye to our intern, Jade, as she and her family set off for a new home. Best wishes, Jade, and we miss you! We also welcomed new crew member Brista. Brista is enthusiastic, loves cats and crochet, and is a great addition to our team! We have also had new friend Thomas visit and are looking forward to another day with him this week, as he and his family decide if GG is the right job for him. Even amidst the struggles of life in a pandemic, plenty of good happens every day! We are so lucky to see so much of it here in North Lima!!

Candle Fundraiser

GG Family,

In this very strange year, full of the unexpected, we decided to try something unusual at GG. Hopefully this is a much more pleasant unusual than many of the events of 2020 have been!

In order to meet our fundraising goals of the year, since so many markets and shows have been canceled, we’re partnering with Beaver Creek Candle Company on a fundraiser. We thought that this was the perfect time of year to sell these locally made candles, as people start thinking about the holidays and gift buying. AND, Goodness Grows will receive 50% of the price of every candle sold! All of the money will be put right back into our programs.

Another exciting thing about partnering with the Beaver Creek Candle Company is that they work with adults with disabilities, and every candle purchase goes to supporting their workers and facilities. So, it is a win-win all around! If you would like to learn more about this amazing candle company, check out their website at

If you or your friends/family would like to purchase from this fundraiser, please let us know no later than the morning of Monday, November 30. We will then place the order and have the candles here in 10-12 days, in time for Christmas.

Thank you for your support of Goodness Grows and for trying this new way of raising money with us,

GG Staff & Board

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Christmas is Coming

We started Christmas early this year! Our friends at Reach for the STARS had an ornament competition and we made wood slice (from one of the trees on the property) ornaments for it. This competition is raising money for Columbiana County's Imagination Library and we were so glad to help! If you are in downtown Salem, stop by Reach for the STARS to check out our ornaments, vote on your favorite, and see all the amazing items that are there.
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Ways to Support GG

* Online Shopping ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.

* Purchasing Products ~ Jungle Jam, Juicy Jam, cat toys, etc. - all proceeds go back into our program.

* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!

* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.

* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

Common Ground Youth Group Food Drive

Collecting for Second Harvest Food Bank

As we all know, COVID-19 has brought hardship to many families and individuals. The youth here decided they wanted to help by hosting a holiday food drive for Second Harvest, located in Youngstown. You can read below a little about Second Harvest to see why the young people felt it was a worthy organization:

Second Harvest Food Bank is a member food bank of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. They believe that no one should go hungry, and are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

The Food Bank is a storehouse for large quantities of donated food and USDA commodities that are distributed to 160 hunger-relief organizations and programs located throughout our tri-county area. These member agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs.

Organizations cannot require any fees for meals or pantry bags of food. All products must be distributed at no charge to recipients, with no suggested or implied donation amount or volunteer requirement. Participation or attendance in a religious service or ministry in order to receive food or a meal is not permitted.

Want to help? Check out the picture below to see how:

(Note: Currently we are at the building from 9-2 Monday thru Thursday. If that changes due to the pandemic, we will post it on Facebook and our website.)

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From All of Us at Goodness Grows to All of You

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Goodness Grows is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit operating out of Common Ground Church Community. Our mission is to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities. We are working to improve people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices. We'd love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.