May 11, 2021
Collaboration Blooms Through AIM’s Community Garden on 518 Day
AIM Services, Inc. Builds Common Roots Garden with volunteers from United Way GCR and local brewery’s nonprofit foundation
For Immediate Release
Can you dig it? Community Collaboration is flourishing through an exciting new partnership with AIM Services, Inc. and the Common Roots Foundation, and it will come to life on May 18, 2021, a day that United Way of the Greater Capital Region has created as the area’s single largest day of community impact, known as 518 Day.
The Common Roots Community Garden, managed by AIM’s Employment Services Program and located at AIM’s property at 71 Homestead in Saratoga Springs, will focus on teaching life and work skills for people supported in multiple services through AIM. Dubbed the Common Roots garden nearly 8 years ago, the organization hopes to re-grow the garden this season with the support of the Common Roots Brewing Company’s newly launched Common Roots Foundation behind their efforts. The Foundation will contribute ongoing volunteers, labor and financial support.
“When we named the garden years ago, we had no idea that we’d someday have the opportunity to plant the seed with such a community-driven local business,” said Bo Goliber, Chief Development and Communications Officer at AIM. “Common Roots immediately jumped at the idea to support AIM and our programs, and one of their owners, Bert Weber, even has a passion for horticulture. We’re so excited to be a new partner for them as they grow their foundation.”
Bert Weber said, “The Foundation was looking for a partner to help us launch our involvement in the community. When we heard about the Common Roots Community Garden idea, it just seemed like a natural fit for us. We have some expertise in this area and certainly a shared mission to help others.”
AIM Services, Inc. is one of the area’s largest providers of services for people with developmental disabilities. Through their person-centered, residential and community-based services, they focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting self-confidence and independence. The Employment Services Program is dedicated to enhancing employment skills in the people they support, as well as making community inclusion and integration a top priority.
AIM’s Employment Team decided kicking off the garden season on 518 Day in partnership with United Way was the perfect opportunity for the community to connect with the people they support. The day will consist of prepping the grounds, with lots of digging, raking, planting, building garden beds and more.
“518 Day is a tremendous regional day of community impact and we’re always proud to support collaboration between partners,” said Peter Gannon, President & CEO at United Way of the Greater Capital Region. “This project with AIM Services Inc. and the Common Roots Foundation on 518 Day is an exciting opportunity for community members to get outside, give back, and be part of launching an innovative new partnership.”
“We’re excited to have this be a truly collaborative project and have the people in our programs learn and grow through guidance from volunteers and experts in our community,” said Kristine Bouldin, Program Director of Employment Services.
Volunteers can sign up for 518 Day at the United to Volunteer website to be part of this project and others throughout the Capital Region.
The media is invited to visit the Common Roots Community Garden on 518 Day, May 18, 2021
Location: 71 Homestead, Saratoga Springs, NY
Media Suggested Time: 11 a.m. -12 p.m. or from 12:45-2
(Volunteers will eat lunch from 12-12:30)
What to expect: AIM Staff and the people they support through Employment Services will be working with volunteers from the community and Common Roots Brewing Company and Foundation to prepare the garden. Media releases have been signed for all parties present, and opportunities for interviews will be available. Please come by to feature this unique collaboration!
About AIM Services, Inc.
ABOUT AIM SERVICES, INC. One-third of all families in the United States are impacted by disability. Formed in 1979, AIM Services, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization providing residential and community-based services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries and those who are looking for nursing home transition or diversion. Services are provided in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The Self-Direction Program, administered through AIM is provided from the Canadian border down through Long Island. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Visit our website at www.aimservicesinc.org
About the Common Roots Foundation
The Common Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in northeastern New York, specifically in the areas of community wellness, environmental stewardship, and assisting those in times of need. This nonprofit was formed in 2020, a year after a devastating fire at the Common Roots Brewing Company was met with an outpour of community support. As a result, the Common Roots Foundation exists to give back, assist our community in times of need, and promote our shared values of creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and safe community. Visit our website at commonrootsbrewing.com/foundation.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION
United Way of the Greater Capital Region is an organization that fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. It unites donors, volunteers, and community organizations in a common mission to strengthen our community and improve social conditions in the Capital Region and beyond. Learn more at www.unitedwaygcr.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayGCR.