PLATINUM2022

Rescue MI Nature Now Inc

Bee the Change

Detroit, MI   |  Www.rescuenaturenow.org

Mission

Our mission statement is to bring awareness to preservation of nature and educate our community on sustainable concepts.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Tharmond Ligon

Main address

19984 Derby St

Detroit, MI 48203 USA

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EIN

83-3748034

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through conversations at our community garden, we heard neighbors speak to the fact that once our growing season is finished, they have limited access to fresh organic food. Studies show most of the produce, even some produce labeled organic, by law is treated with pesticides, especially if it has to travel long distances. Residents talked about having limited transportation to the nearest grocery store, which is 1.6 miles away, and not within walking distance. This is a challenge for the community because it’s majority senior citizens with limited mobility and families with young children. Now more than ever, due to COVID-19 the possibility of a food shortage in urban communities is very high. What we want to make available to the community is fresh local vegetables, fruits, herbs and honey. We want to teach children about gardening and how to start their own garden. We would like to service our seniors with delivery of fresh crops to ensure their safety.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Farm and Finance

Our purpose is to educate and enrich our community through sustainable and financial concepts of compounding which can be found in growing your own food and in saving money.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of beehives placed for pollination

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

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Increasing

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of land managed

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of species of native plants in the area(s)

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Related Program

Farm and Finance

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Intentionally bringing more native plant species into the area for sustainable land management.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

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Increasing

Acres of natural habitat restored

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Related Program

Farm and Finance

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

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Increasing

Number of trees planted

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rescue MI Nature Now, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to developing green space within the community and providing nature based educational programs. Our organization is committed to sustainable practices as we aim to: 1. Educate the community we are present in on what sustainability is, what it looks like and how they can create sustainable habits. 2. Empower the community to affect real change in not only sustainability in nature, but sustainability in their lives through financial literacy and youth programs.

We will accomplish this goal by innovatively transforming vacant parcels into community engagement centers and as educational platforms to offer programs for the community focusing on nature and teaching marketable job skills. Along with transforming unused land, we will educate the community on pollinator education and the important role honeybees play in pollination. We also use these platforms to educate on sustainable practices, garden basics, plant identification and benefits. Through our program, Farm & Finance, we can teach children and their parents about important financial concepts missing in today’s general education curriculum. We can connect financial concepts to nature found on revitalized green spaces.

We hope to make our community a better place to live by adding beautification treatments to vacant parcels, educating the community on sustainability, increasing pollinator awareness, like honey bees, and empower individuals to make impactful change to improve the quality of life for all.

Our community garden implements a pesticide free zone to grow organic food and uses interplanting methods to help achieve this goal along with companion planting. This is to help people have access to healthy food. Our Farm & Finance youth education program helps introduce educational compounding concepts found both in gardening and money. Our nonprofit believes in sustainability and finding innovative methods to compliment our sustainability practices is what helps us to be resilient. Adapting to a sustainable way of life is what we educate our community on and educate on what responsible consumption looks like, which includes composting and recycling. Moreover, our conservation efforts of protecting native pollinator habitats in our community, such as goldenrod, begin with inclusion of educating our youth to help influence generations to come with intentional exposure to caring for all life on land.

Community engagement is key is accomplishing the strategies mentioned. We aim to always rely on feedback provided to bring awareness to these topics and educate the community on how they too can make an impactful change that will not only benefit themselves but more importantly everyone around them. Connecting neighborhoods to help create equitable opportunities will also help achieve the sustainable goals because the community will feel their voices matter and can indeed make a positive change when participating to reach a bigger goal. Dedication and hard work from our organization and community alike, will help to make these sustainable goals a reality because of transparency efforts in intentional inclusion.

Our capabilities include finance professionals who hold Series 6 & 63 state licenses which are qualified to teach the financial concepts incorporated in our Farm & Finance program. We have an architect team which help design our productive green spaces that incorporate pollinator education. Our agriculture team has 10 years experience of growing food and plants pesticide free by implementing techniques like companion planting, no till, and soil amendment. Our apiarist team will provide bee and pollinator education for individuals to learn how they can become bee advocates and in the process learn sustainable concepts.

o COVID 19 Relief Aid to local senior citizens
o Maintained and beautified over 30 vacant lots
▪ Maintained 21,000 square feet community garden
▪ Installation of Pollinator Garden where former dangerous structure once stood
o Received Whole Kids Foundation Renewal Bee Grant
o Top Fundraisers of 2020 for the Bee Cause Pay It Forward Fundraiser

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rescue MI Nature Now Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tharmond Ligon


Board co-chair

Zenaida Flores

Rescue MI Nature Now ,Inc

Tharmond Ligon

Brodrick Wilks

Mark Green

Jason Graddy

Zenaida Flores

Justin Petty

Andrew Simms

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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Disability

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