SPREADING THE POWER OF OPTIMISM

Our goal is to inspire and enable economic growth in the City of Mannington through acquisition, renovation and preservation of historic buildings to bring new businesses as well as provide solutions that support our community through volunteers, good neighbors and the pride that comes from making a difference.

Introduction to and the meaning behind the Mannington Matters name.

1. The buildings here MATTER and are in need of renovation and preservation so they can once again bring beauty to downtown Mannington to support our businesses and encourage new businesses to join our community and help our town thrive again.

2. The people in this community MATTER and with a little hard work from volunteers and donors, we can make a big difference to our neighbors.

We will be accepting suggestions, donations and looking for volunteers to help reach our goals. If you know of someone in need of assistance with clean up, repairs, etc, please contact Donna Butera at manningtonmatters@gmail.com or stop by the Bower’s house at 315 High Street where we will have a suggestion box outside.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Painting and decorating the windows on the Malone’s building on Market Street

Replacing broken porch rails and handicap ramps for a resident in need

We are currently working with the George Lucas Foundation to rehabilitate the movie theater on Market Street, currently known as Starkey’s Old Time Bar and Grill.

We are also working with Planet Fitness and 24 hour Fitness to strike a deal on bringing a fitness gym to Mannington.

Other exciting projects and fundraisers including The Mannington Mutts Dog Show are in the works and will be announced soon.

Mannington Matters

315 High Street, Mannington, WV 26582 (304)986-7559

 
 

Our Beginning

Project Sprout took root in founder Nadia Shabazz’s backyard. Her family had a need for fresh produce since the nearest supermarket only carried semi-spoiled bananas and tomatoes. Shabazz started small, planting leafy greens and berries. When it came time to harvest, she gave extras away to neighbors. She began to see drastic improvements in her children’s health and thought that everyone on her block could benefit. She began inviting neighbors who didn’t have gardens to come plant on her land.

 

“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”

— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER

 
 

Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.

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Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.

 

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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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