One Organization Makes Strides in Caring for Animals and the Environment

by | Jun 10, 2022 | Heartivist Of The Week

In the heart of the Ozark mountains, just miles from the Buffalo River, lives the Human Society of Marion County, a no- kill shelter that is not only having an impact upon the lives of animals and people, they are having a profound impact on the environment as well. Kim Johnson, one of the founding members of this sixteen-acre organization works with twenty volunteers to care for 13 kennels for dogs, 35 cats, 8 rabbits and, at one time, a turkey. Believing that caring for animals goes hand-in-hand with caring for the environment, they incorporated solar energy into their work and what they saved in electricity now goes toward the animals. With a desire to continue making sustainable changes, they decided to install compost and recycling bins on their property and reached out to The Pollination Project.

“We are very thankful for The Pollination Project and the way they helped us. We are amazed by all the wonderful people in the community. We joined The Pollination Project community online and everyone is amazing.  I like to see what everyone else is doing. I wish we could all meet in person. It just makes you feel so warm inside knowing there are other people like us who are building amazing projects,” said Kim.

Dry materials, leaves, straw branches and green materials including rabbit vegetable leftovers are composted using a high-efficiency composting method developed by the University of California Berkeley. This method allows them to produce compost in about 18 days which they use for things like their Pollination Garden where they grow native plants, such as Black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s Lace. The goal is to make the environment a safe and comfortable place for animals and the people who want to adopt them.

In building the shelter, Kim and her team made a conscious decision to place the building in an area where they would disturb as few trees as possible. Trails along the property are the perfect place for dogs to be walked when they are not enjoying their playtime in the yard. Cats live in a space affectionately called, “The Cat House” where they have their own areas to run and climb as well as outdoor areas to play.

All animals are free to stay until they find a home and for those who might not find a home, this space becomes a sanctuary where an amazing group of volunteers continues to care for them. Often they find it’s the senior or disabled animals that have the greatest need and they would never turn an animal away. When people apply for animals, this team of volunteers make sure the potential owners meet them in order to assure it’s a suitable fit. Once adopted, if the owner’s circumstances change – they are diagnosed with disease or a family is moving – and they cannot care for them, they will always take the animal back.

“The most challenging part of this work is not being able to take in every animal who needs us – we have limited space,” Kim said, her voice filled with emotion. “But I think of the story my parents shared with me – the Starfish story – about how you might not be able to reach them all but you can make all the difference to one. We try to do as much as we can and focus on the happiness in those stories. We love seeing the smile on people’s faces when they adopt an animal and hearing happy stories throughout the year. For example, one elderly lady who adopted a little dog handwrites letters and sends photos about how the dog is doing. Every volunteer here does what they do because we love the animals.”

As Kim and her team look to the future there are two things she hopes for. The first is to incorporate more energy efficient appliances in their work. They do not use paper towels- only cloth towels – so appliances that help to save energy would allow them to continue to achieve their environmental goals. The second is that this place continues to be a green, nourishing environment where animals and people can find happiness.

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Call for our Spanish speaking followers 👇

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🌟 Empowering Through Play! 🌟

Nature Trust (Tamilnadu, India) launched the project, "Enhance the Skills of Children with Disabilities through Play," supported by one of our seed grants 🎉✨ Timed with World Autism Awareness Day 2024, this initiative resonates with the theme of "Empowering the Autistic Voices."

In particular, the grant allowed Nature Trust to provide specially curated play materials to 20 remarkable children with diverse disabilities. These tools were thoughtfully selected to ignite their development and unlock their potential. 🧩🎨

At the distribution event held on March 31st, the atmosphere was filled with joy as children and parents expressed gratitude for the newfound importance of play in their lives. 💖👦👧 The presence of local leaders underscored the significance of inclusive initiatives like this one.

Beyond distribution, Nature Trust volunteers engaged with the children, creating lasting connections and memories. 🤝 

Through the power of play, Nature Trust is fostering a more inclusive world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 🌈 

Let's continue spreading joy and empowerment through play! 

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It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


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The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

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