Setting the Foundation
Transitions in Spokane is a non-profit that works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. Transitions operate six different programs that provide services and support for their members. The New Leaf Bakery and Café is one of their programs that provides job training through hands-on training in a commercial kitchen. Recently, the New Leaf program had been given a grant for a community garden. A community garden project is exactly what New Leaf wants to support in their community, but there are large landscaping and labor requirements associated with a garden to get it up and running.
Ian Graves, a Skils’kin HR Business Partner, volunteers his time and experience on the Transitions HR Advisory Board and heard about the community garden grant as it came in. Quickly, Ian connected New Leaf with Jon Booze, Skils’kin’s Grounds Project Manager at Fairchild Air Force Base. Once Jon heard from New Leaf he was able to get a scope of the project and volunteered his time to help. Jon helped get the garden started by relocating and distributing soil throughout the community garden, building a level foundation for the garden. Jon was happy to help and let New Leaf know he was an open resource to the ongoing projects surround the project.
Connections build a stronger community, and Skils’kin has a knack for getting involved and going above and beyond.