by Amanda Ong
“Kindness goes a long way. Every small act of kindness has a ripple effect. Do what you can with what you have, with where you are, and feel blessed doing it,” said Yvette Dinish, founder and executive director of the Colored Girls Garden Club, in an interview with the South Seattle Emerald.
Dinish, who grew up in South Seattle, didn’t realize what she was creating when she started the Colored Girls Garden Club. Before the pandemic, Dinish and a friend had been taking a class on soil and water stewardship training, in which they were encouraged to come up with a project after the course. The friend, whom Dinish had known since childhood, coined the name “Colored Girls Garden Club” at the same time Dinish began renting a storefront close to Rainier Beach’s worker-owned restaurant Jude’s. With a spirit of generosity, Dinish called her storefront the “gathering space” and began to use it as a free food pantry every Thursday and Saturday.Continue reading The Colored Girls Garden Club Provides Free Food for All in Rainier Beach