Programs We Support

Fiscal 2018 – 2019 Donations

Christmas in the Park $ 100 –

We purchase a tree for the club to decorate and display at Christmas in the Park, an annual San Jose holiday tradition that transforms the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park into a holiday fantasy.


Guadalupe River Conservancy $ 50 –
We adopted Rose Bastei N-12-20 in the Guadalupe River Park. This pays for the maintenance.

La Mesa Verde Home Garden Project $4,000 –



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Sacred Heart Community Service Newsletter 3/21/2019

This San Jose urban gardening project sponsored by Sacred Heart Community Service assists low-income, working poor, and the long-term unemployed residents of San Jose to grow organic vegetables in their backyards. We also donate used garden tools, hoses, and garden pots.

Loaves and Fishes Kitchen Garden $1,000 –
This San Jose non-profit organization provides free hot and nutritious meals in a dignified, caring, and safe environment.


Merdedith’s Corner – Schallenberger Elementary School – $1000


Our City Forest $2,000 –
This Silicon Valley non-profit provides trees for home parking strips, front and back yards and teaches schools and communities what they need to know about growing and caring for an urban forest.

Sempervirens Fund $ 25 –
This non-profit is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our club dedicated a redwood tree in Big Basin.

Veggielution Community Farm $1,000 –
This San Jose non-profit supplies fresh and affordable produce to families that need it most in the South Bay. Its urban farm engages the community by providing access to healthy local food, creating youth leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.

Penny Pines, Stanislaus National Forest –  $ 136 –
The National Garden Club and USDA Forest Service partner to sustain our national forests through the Penny Pines Restoration Program. We collect loose change at our meeting to help plant replacement trees in a particular damaged area. Cumulatively,
our club has donated over $2,500 to reforest the Stanisluas National Forest in California. A $68 donation supports on acre
(a plantation) consisting of approximately 350 trees.

Penny Pines, Plumas National Forest – $500

This is a special donation to help replant after the Camp Fire of 2018.

Agricultural History Project $ 500 –
This project preserves, exhibits, collects and builds community awareness of the economic, cultural and ethnic aspects of agriculture in the area. Activities are designed to help visitors experience life on the farms and ranches of the central coast during the 1800s and early 1900s.

Redwood Parks Conservancy $1,000 –
We are helping The Grove of the Titans Project, in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, build an elevated walkway and viewing platform to protect the Grove from further damage to the shallow root system of the redwoods, alleviate damage to understory plants and forest floor vegetation and to reduce soil compaction.

Foothill/DeAnza Scholarship $ 500
A scholarship is given to a deserving student active in the Environmental Horticulture Department.

CGCI President’s Project – $200.00 –

Valley Verde – $1000

Our vision is a more productive and sustainable community where low income families can enjoy a healthier lifestyle through daily access to fresh, affordable organic vegetables.

To achieve this, our mission is to promote the widespread cultivation of organic home vegetable gardens, in order to encourage healthier eating and address food insecurity—that is, the state of being without reliable access to food that is healthy and affordable—in Santa Clara Valley.

Additional programs that are supported by individual members organized by  SJGC:

Lean Calero Rose ProjectMembers maintain the 200 roses along Lean Avenue as a help to the City of San Jose.


Second Harvest Food Bank – Members donate at the annual club Holiday luncheon. In 2018, members donated $3,431.00 which equals 6862 meals.

Homeless Women’s Shelter @ 4th Street Presbyterian Church/Sacred Heart Community Services – Members donate small toiletries, adult diapers, sanitary products & bras which are gathered and donated throughout the year.

Santa Clara County Dept of Family & Children’s Services, Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center – Members donated 86 new stuffed animals at the annual Holiday Luncheon.

La Mesa Verde – Members gather & donate used garden tools for the LMV members’ gardens throughout the year.

FAST-NC – Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina: an established non-profit set up to help schools with recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence. Members donated upward of 70 – 100 books.

N.C. Thanks