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R.N. Gomez School Community Garden and Water Program:

Ripples of Hope has joined the R.N. Gomez School, local community leaders and residents of Great Harbour Cay to develop a self-sustaining model for School Garden Program and Clean Water Initiative. The students and teachers of the Gomez School have already had great success with planting and harvesting vegetables which have been sold at local school markets.

We are now working with the Gomez School to build capacity in the garden.  Funds have been raised to install a water filtration system to provide clean water for both the students and the planting beds. We are pleased to announce that the RO system is up and running and providing fresh drinking water to the students at the RN Gomez School.  Fundraising efforts are ongoing to provide continual support to maintain the annual school garden budget and an island wide composting system. The annual budget supports ongoing agriculture training resources and general garden maintenance for the Gomez School garden program.

To Help Sustain this Program, HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  1. SUPPORT THE ONGOING GARDEN EDUCATION – HELP FUND the R. N. Gomez School Community Garden Project that employs a local agricultural teacher, and develops productive skills in our children; the daily nurturing and growing of vegetables and fruits, and the understanding of a healthy diet and way of life.
  2. COMPOST WITH US – The composting program teaches recycling, and how to make a valuable product from what Knowles Sanitation now carries to the dump. Participate in the school composting program by dropping off your weekly composting waste at the school. Counter top buckets and recyclable plastic bags with instructions are available for your convenience.

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible Donation.

2nd Annual Family Gratitude - 5K Turkey Trot

                       THANKSGIVING MORNING

           November 28, 2013
                         5K Race and Kids 1/2 mile Run
                        The Endicott Estate, Dedham MA

         Turkey Trot Logo


Race results are posted on CoolRunning website, click here for results!

Thank you to all who braved the cold to join us on Thanksgiving morning for the 2nd Annual Family Gratitude-5K Dedham Turkey Trot. Proceeds donated will benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and the Dedham Youth Commission's College Bound Program. We are grateful to the 1300 runners and their families, our sponsors and the over 100 amazing volunteers (who began setup at 5:30 am) who all came together to celebrate an amazing day of Gratitude and Community!

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S RUN - November 27, 2014!



Community Gratitude Sponsors:     Dunkin Donuts - Carlos Andrade Franchisee, Needham Bank,

Community Celebration Sponsor:   Lily Logistical System, Petrini Corp., Whole Foods - Dedham

Community Hope Sponsors:            Beth Israel Deaconess - Needham, CitySports, Sarah Campbell
Community Partner:                        Blue Hills Bank, C2C Pilates Barre, Charles River Running,
                                                        Dedham Youth Basketball, Dedham Health & Athletic Complex,
                                                        Dedham Savings, Dedham Youth Lacrosse, Granite Family
                                                        Chiropractic, Grogan and Co., Hollister Inc., Marathon Physical
                                                        Therapy and Sports Medicine, TenX Fitness

* Sponsor list as of 11-1-13.  Sponsorship packages available, please contact



Thank you to all of the many sponsors, volunteers, runners, and families who came out on Thanksgiving morning to support Dedham Food Pantry.  Together, with the tremendous support shown by both our local Massachusetts communities and participants from around the country, we were able to raise $15,000 for the Dedham Food Pantry. 

In addition to the proceeds raised, race day volunteers sorted and boxed over 80 boxes of food collected during a pre-race food drive sponsored by Crescent Ridge Dairy and from families attending the race that morning.

More than 700 registered runners age 7 to 70 were represented at the run. Runners came from all over the Boston area and beyond, representing 61 Different Massachusetts towns and 15 different states.



Gratitude Sponsors:     Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, Needham Bank, Petrini Corp., 
                                    Reebok, Data Brand Solutions

Celebration Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, City Sports, C2 Pilates Barre, CrossFit Craic
                                    Dedham Youth Lacrosse, Grogan and Company, Hollister, Inc.,
                                    Wilson Mountain Running Club 

Hope Sponsors:           The Dedham & Norfolk Group, Owen Lincoln Motors,
                                    Dedham Youth Soccer, Dedham Youth Basketball, Next Step Living


In-Kind Sponsors:        Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham, Boch Ice Center, Boston Central,
                                   Boston Globe, Cafe Bagel, Copy Cop,Crescent Ridge Dairy,
                                   Dedham Patch, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ever So Humble Pie Co.,
                                   Fast Signs, Four Nine Design, Foundation To Be Named Later,
                                   Granite Family Chiropractic, Hint Water, Marathon Physical Therapy,
                                   MinuteMan Press, Mocha Java, Noble and Greenough School,
                                   Nobles Day Camp, Roche Brothers.-Needham, Shaws-Medfield,
                                   St. Luke's Church, Table Talk Pies, Town of Dedham - DPW,
                                   Whole Foods-Dedham



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Ripples of Hope
Ripples of Hope is funded by generous donations from individuals. All funds are raised privately to support the ongoing work within designated communities. We welcome any contributions!
June South Africa Service Journey
Help sponsor Service Days in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Find out more about this initative.
R.N. Gomez School Community Garden
Sponsor the R.N. Gomez School garden project and provide clean drinking water for all students on the island of Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas. Find out more about this initative.
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