EARTHSCAPES CARES

One of the great things about Chattanooga is its philanthropic spirit. This city, once one of the most polluted in the country, has risen to the top and is now one of the cleanest, friendliest cities around thanks to its people and their spirit of giving and desire to improve. People move here for work and never want to leave. They grow up, supported by the mountains and the river, head out into the world for a global education, and come back to work in and for the community that raised them.

Chattanooga raised Earthscapes, too. We began as an erosion control company and grew into a full-service landscaping business capable of reaching all areas of this great city. We service Downtown, Northshore, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, East Brainerd, Red Bank, Ooltewah, North Georgia and so many more great neighborhoods. As we continue growing, we saw a grand opportunity to give back to the community through more than just landscaping, and we seized it. Introducing Earthscapes Cares, a campaign to benefit all the local organizations doing good in our community.

How does Earthscapes Cares work? At the beginning of each new fiscal quarter, the Earthscapes team selects a local organization doing charitable work to receive 5% of the revenue from any new maintenance contract signed that same quarter. We launched in Q4 of 2018 with the 5% going to the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. Our second beneficiary selected to receive the 5% for Q1 of 2019 was the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. As we head into Q2 of 2019, the 5% revenue will be allocated for Family Promise of Chattanooga.

Got an idea? We LOVE ideas! Is there a Chattanooga-area organization near and dear to your heart that could make a great Cares beneficiary? Awesome. Let us know below:

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HELPING FAMILIES GET BACK ON THEIR FEET: Q2, 2019

The mission of Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is simple: “to help families with children achieve and sustain independence through community partnerships.” The mission and goal is about giving every family a platform on which to create an independent life. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, and this organization has found a way to use the power of the Chattanooga community to provide the much needed help to families experiencing homelessness. They do this through four main programs:

*The traditional faith-based IHN overnight shelter program in area congregations continues to provide food, shelter and  hospitality to families in need. 39 area churches and synagogues currently partner to host and support efforts to provide temporary housing for families in need, a cost-effective mobilization of community resources.  Seventy-five to eighty percent of families exit this program to stable housing, either employed or with income supports if disabled and securely linked to supportive sand follow-up services.

  1. The Family Promise Day Center Program provides food, transportation, day shelter, shower and laundry facilities, case management, life skills and educational classes, computers to develop resumes and apply online for jobs and housing, indoor and outdoor play areas for children, and a nap room.

  2. The Centralized Intake Program provides intakes, assessments, case management, emergency assistance, and secure linkage to existing community resources for supportive services, guiding families to services and housing.

  3. The Going Home Program is a partnership between Family Promise, the Chattanooga Housing Authority, and local builders and property owners.  Family Promise screens and selects families for placement in public and renovated and newly constructed housing, and provides one year of case management services where property owners can access assistance and guidance from a case manager for any family issues.

  4. The Going Home Program is a partnership between Family Promise, the Chattanooga Housing Authority, and local builders and property owners.  Family Promise screens and selects families for placement in public and renovated and newly constructed housing, and provides one year of case management services where property owners can access assistance and guidance from a case manager for any family issues.

*Text taken directly from www.familypromisechattanooga.com.

This quarter, Earthscapes is proud to be supporting this wonderful, community organization that supports so many others. This quarter, if you sign a new maintenance contract with Earthscapes, 5% of the total revenue will go directly to supporting our neighbors who need a little boost to get back to being independent contributors of our society.

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BRINGING HOPE TO KIDS: Q1, 2019

The second Earthscapes beneficiary selected was the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The Earthscapes team was doing some landscaping for the new Kennedy Outpatient Center, and thanks to a hardhat tour and chat with the leadership for the Children’s Hospital, a lightbulb went off. The hospital is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, and the team was instantly touched by the stories of the children experiencing medical miracles at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

The new Kennedy Outpatient Center is designed with both the children and their families in mind. The goal is to provide a calming and engaging facility where kids can learn and discover and play, distracting them from their illnesses long enough to be kids for a moment, and their parents can enjoy a comfortable surrounding with a goal of minimizing stress as much as possible.

*Upon completion, the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center will be home to an amazing array of services:

  • 22 pediatric specialties, ranging from cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonology to neurology, orthopaedics, and more

  • The region’s only certified pediatric genetics counseling

  • Centers for child psychology, physical therapy, hypertension, and more

  • H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle) Center to address pediatric obesity

At Earthscapes, we believe that beautiful surroundings can improve life. That’s why we do what we do, and for our second Cares beneficiary to be aligned with the same idea in the medical field, delivering daily hope to children and their families, was a dream.

The amount of money needed in order to complete Phase 1 is $40 million. Currently, the project has raised $37.3 million, and they still need donors to contribute to making this dream a full-fledged reality, giving hope and quality medical care to the children of our region. Learn more and give some hope at www.webelieve.build.

*Text taken directly from https://www.webelieve.build/vision.

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FOR LOVE OF THE DOGS: Q4, 2018

The whole thing started when some homeless pooches found a new home…Krista’s home. They weren’t planning to adopt a pet that day, but a family trip to McKamey Animal Center turned into a sweet, black puppy named Steiny heading home to a new adventure. Still a little rough around the edges, the Steins decided to get Steiny some proper training, and with that he has become the best dog. He is a protector, a treat-lover, a great golf dog and a model alpha male for the two other dogs that have found their way into Krista’s home.

Next up, came River. Instead of coming from the shelter, he was found and when Krista saw his face, she couldn’t say no. Part otter, part dog, River is a water lover and made a perfect playmate for Steiny.

Then, Krista decided she had reached a point in her life where some community volunteering would fit in…the kids were self-sufficient, the business was flowing and she needed a little something more to squeeze more juice from life. She signed on to be a volunteer at the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga and boom. Heart. Burst. Open. HES Chatt was in need of major repairs. They have more dogs than they can handle since they get all the stray or abandoned dogs in the area, not just Chattanooga city limits. At HES Chatt, every volunteer matters, and every dollar is valued and cherished because it has to be. They need help, and her desire to do more than just volunteer brings us to where we are today with Earthscapes Cares. Oh, and she also picked up another pup…

Last, but certainly not least, is Wilma…WillaMae….the hugger. A robust 60+ pounds of big, pitbull muscle, Wilma would intimidate anyone in a back alley and then jump up and lick them to death. She is the estrogen needed to keep Steiny and River in check, but you are most likely to find her snuggling with one of her humans.

HES Chatt is always looking for new parents to adopt their pets, foster parents, volunteers and charitable donations. Learn more and do some good at www.heschatt.org.