CAPE FEAR BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF A COMBINED GRANT FROM CORNELIA “NEILL” BULLOCK WILKINS CHARITABLE ENDOWMENT FUND–SENIORS AND EDUCATION OF CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC.

Fayetteville, NC – Cape Fear Botanical Garden (CFBG) announces the receipt of a combined grant for 2019 from the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund – Seniors and Education of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.  This grant will be used to fund restorative Therapeutic Horticulture programs at CFBG in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension, Wesley A. Meredith Fayetteville Technical Community College Horticulture Education Center, Wounded Warrior Project, and USO of NC.  Several local community organizations will benefit from this grant including Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville, LIFE St Joseph of the Pines, Service Source of North Carolina, Community Patriot Arts Center, Fayetteville Veteran’s Affairs, Cape Fear Valley Cancer Centers and others. 

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager, Amy Stidham, will provide a variety of workshops and programs for seniors, veterans, and service organizations utilizing her Horticultural Therapy training from Chicago Botanic Garden.  CFBG’s Therapeutic Horticulture programs will provide adaptive, nature-based experiences that promote overall health and wellness to those with varying abilities and conditions.  These may include physical or sensory limitations, depression, anxiety, dementia, stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress, autism, or other mental, physical or behavioral health concerns.  Programs with nature-based experiences can be both passive (sitting and observing) or active (planting, counting, building) to stimulate interaction with plants and the sensory aspects of a natural environment.  All activities engage multiple intelligences to affect cognitive, physical, psychological and social well-being.  Each program is specifically tailored to the group, taking into consideration their abilities and challenges, and incorporating a variety of learning styles.  Programs are modified to fit the group’s goals and needs and to encourage a healthy, personal experience for everyone.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden is especially grateful to the grant from the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund – Seniors and Education of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. that make it possible to provide purposeful and inspirational therapeutic programs to the community. 

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