“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent van Gogh
A fundraising email request recently came through with a headline that sums up the challenge of our project: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”-Vincent van Gogh. The grand vision for the new park includes a gazebo with picnic tables, a handicapped accessible playground, and a large open grass area that would be surrounded by a handicapped walking path. If the funding was in place, the ideal method would be to develop the interior and finish with the walking trail. We have not yet been able to come up with a large amount of money to develop the park as one big job, but instead are hoping that a series of smaller grants, including the generous grant of $20,000 from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network and our grant funder the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation, will be the jumping off point for more funds so that we can most efficiently and effectively develop the park. Our hope is that in 2019 we will be able to partner with area businesses and other community groups for additional funding so that we can get our great thing done!
About the Grantee
Elmer is a small town in rural Salem County. Incorporated in 1893, it has historically served as a hub of activity for the surrounding farm community. It has a hospital, churches, banks, restaurants, a library, grocery, drug store, dollar store, gift & flower shops, medical & dental services, accountants & lawyers, salons, gas stations, & a lumber yard all packed into one square mile.