Women’s Mercy Center is trying to win $25,000 from State Farm for a community garden on the east side of Erie and needs the public’s help.
The Erie Center’s “Care and Feeding of Our Neighbors” project is seeking funds for a community vegetable garden and meditation garden at the Mercy Anchor Community Center in the former Holy Rosary School, 1012 E. 28th St. State Farm Neighborhood Assist will award grants $25,000 grants to the top 100 online voters. To vote up to 10 times a day, go to www.neighborhoodassist.com. Voting closes May 6. The winners will be announced on June 7.
The Mercy Center project is among the top 200 finalists selected by the State Farm Review Committee from 4,000 submissions, according to a press release from the center.
Mercy Center Entrance Online Information says, “The neighborhood includes low-to-moderate income households of all ages, races, and ethnicities who will welcome a source of fresh fruits and vegetables. The meditation garden will provide a peaceful and quiet place for neighbors to get to know each other.”
The projected cost to complete the garden is $38,375, and Mercy Center received $12,000 from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, according to input information. The garden would be located in a green space next to the old school, which is being converted into 13 apartments for homeless and low-income women and children, as well as the site of Dress for Success Erie, a pantry, a thrift store, a community hall, health services and daycare.