Special Projects

The Special Projects Committee is responsible for the distribution of funds to organizations that enhance the environment, the landscape, the waterways and the ecology of the area.

Thanks to the success of our Holiday Tour of Homes the Special Projects Committee awards grants throughout the year to environmental, gardening and beautification organizations for various projects –from planting dune grass to rescuing stranded marine mammals.

If you know of a project that needs funding please scroll down for an application or contact Bette Della Torre at bette_dellatorre@yahoo.com.

The following are just a few of our 2017 Special Projects Grant recipients.

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Beach Haven Elementary School Garden

Long Beach Island Foundation Veteran’s Garden and Children’s Garden

Veteran’s Memorial Garden

Conserve Wildlife of NJ

We received a special “shout out” from Northside Jim who writes a blog about wildlife on the Island called “Greetings from the Northside”. In it he talks about the support the Garden Club of LBI gave to Ben Wurst and his Project Red Band. “But we’ll know for certain when our osprey friends have returned to LBI thanks to the generosity of The Garden Club of LBI. Please, pretty please, join the good neighbors at the Garden Club of Long Beach Island and support Project Red Band. This has been a season of epic motivation & good fortune, with a record number of Red Bands deployed in the Bay. They’re gonna need more; STAT! It’s the best part of the Osprey Recovery in Barnegat Bay: they just keep making more babies.”

Mill Creek Community Garden

Balloon Free LBI

Each year 100,000 marine mammals and more than one million birds are killed by balloons. Ingested by an animal or bird, the balloon blocks the digestive tract and the poor creature starves to death. Other times, wildlife become entangled in the balloons’ streamers or twine and can’t move to hunt or fish. 

Balloon-Free LBI is a grassroots organization whose sole purpose is to educate the public on the these dangers and the unique threat they pose to our island’s ecology and economy. Toward this end, the Garden Club of LBI has generously provided funds for two thousand pamphlets that were distributed at local municipal and taxpayer meetings, fairs, festivals and civic gatherings. 

This past June, we began to make progress when Long Beach Township passed an ordinance banning mass balloon releases. Our aim is to have other local governments follow its lead until LBI is Balloon-Free.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a private non-profit organization based in Brigantine and is the only organization in the State of New Jersey authorized to rescue and rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. Since the Center’s founding in 1978, more than 4,300 animals (including whales, dolphins, seals & sea turtles) have been handled by the Center. To learn more, visit http://mmsc.org/home.html

Terrapin Nesting Project

The Terrapin Nesting Project has been another one of the successful projects we have funded over the past few years. It is run by Kathy Lacey, who has shared her love of turtles at our past meetings. While most of her work is in Barnegat Light/High Harbor area, we have a flourishing, but smaller hatchery in Holgate. We hatched and released 819 baby terrapins into the bay and wetlands.

The Terrapin Nesting Project  protects nesting Diamondback Terrapins on Long Beach Island, their eggs and their hatchlings, and educates the public on the vital role they play in maintaining the health of Barnegat Bay’s ecosystem. If you’d like to learn more or volunteer, click:  www.terrapinnestingproject.com

Alliance for a Living Ocean

The Garden Club of Long Beach Island Project Proposal

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