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Civic Engagement

Urban Paradise Guild: Volunteerism Unleashed!

Our GOALS:
1. Engage 10,000+ Volunteers per year.
Every project is designed to:
2. Make Miami a better place to live today.
3. Make Miami's future safer from Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change.

Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) has fielded hundreds or thousands of Volunteers every year from 2009-2014.
Now, we are ready to grow!

UPG is a Volunteer-Powered Organization: 100% of our Staff and Workers are Volunteers!
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Who are you?

Urban Paradise Guild, Miami non-profit 501c3, Founded 2008

Missions include
Urban Forestry
Urban Agriculture
Nursery
Experiential Education
Urban Planning & Public Policy

Website: www.urban-paradise.org
Facebook 3000+ Photos

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Community Engagement + Volunteerism allow us to impact virtually all the issues identified in the Our Miami Report.

UPG has a uniquely effective Volunteer-Powered organizational model.

We need to scale up in order to engage more Volunteers. To do so, we need the resources to professionalize.

Goal: engage 10,000+ Volunteers every year.

Shaded Pedestrian/Bike Paths enable safe transit and exercise.
Organic Gardens allow Healthy Choices.
Education creates economic opportunities.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Civic Engagement: UPG has thousands of mostly young Volunteers.
Environment & Parks: UPG has ongoing projects that improve 7 locations. Sweat equity is invested 8x per week. All fight Sea-Level Rise.
Experiential Education helps students and adults learn how to learn. Engagement retains talent.

UPG Projects (Gardens + Pedestrian/Bike Trails + Volunteer Work) Improves:
Healthy Choices
Economic Opportunities
Housing Affordability
Pedestrian/Bike Friendly + Transit Access
etc...

Please give examples of your project's success.

New grants allow UPG to add professional staff and resources.

We increase Recruiting and Engagement leading to increases in Volunteerism.

Improved Experiential Education leads to greater satisfaction and more Repeat Volunteerism and Staff Retention.

More resources available for UPG Projects enables greater impacts. We become more effective at protecting Miami from Sea-Level Rise.

Success increases popularity + "brand awareness", and helps us to get more funding.
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Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Paradise Guild

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Environment & Public Space

Creating Conservation and Recreation Oases in Virginia Key

MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) is a volunteer based coastal habitat restoration project based at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. We engage thousands of volunteers per year with a broad portfolio of tools including science exhibits, social media, and eco-art. Over 5,000 volunteers have restored over 15 acres of coastal habitat on public lands since 2007. These volunteers are creating what... more »
Who are you?

Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) is one of the only science museums in the world with its own urban habitat restoration project. We use science exhibits to attract volunteers and social media to maintain a network of concerned residents.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Miami lacks adequate green spaces for recreation and conservation. There are a lack of suitable outdoor volunteer activities compared to other urban areas. The restoration work at Virginia Key North Point is part of a broader effort on Virginia Key to create what has been called Miami's "Central Park," a place where residents can enjoy ample green spaces in perpetuity. Until recently, Virginia Key was the site of dumping of dredge but efforts are underway to transform it into a public oasis.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

As stated in the Our Miami Report, Miami has one of the lowest levels of public parks of any metropolitan area in the country. Volunteerism also ranks low. The environmental movement has a poor track record of engaging people in truly meaningful environmental actions. MUVE gives our residents a purpose. By engaging in restoration they become stewards for an island that until now had no one to stand up for it.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2007, MUVE has restored over 15 acres of mangrove, dune, freshwater wetland and hardwood hammock throughout the county. MUVE partners with local government and agencies. We have created science exhibits both at our current museum and our new building expected to open in 2016 that not only inform residents of our environmental issues but direct patrons to get involved in local restoration efforts.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

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