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May 18, 2020.

The world sure does feel topsy turvy these days. These are challenging times for everyone.

A lot has happened since a state of emergency was declared in Ohio on March 9 and we closed our buildings that same week. But one thing has been consistent: we can find safety and comfort outside.

Strolling around the grounds of 577 with the breeze in your hair and the sun kissing your skin, the faint scent of flowering trees lingering in the air, the worries of the world melt away. Never have we appreciated the beauty and wonder of nature than now. Never have the flowers and trees looked more beautiful. Never has the familiarity of 577 been so welcome!

At 577, we’re doing everything we can to sustain our business operations and keep the gates open. Of course, we’ve had to adapt our offerings to meet the most pressing challenges of the community today.

We are currently laser-focused on these three things:

 1) Keeping the grounds safe and beautiful for you to enjoy.

 2) Growing more organic vegetables in our community gardens than ever so we can share the
   bounty with our local food bank partners and hungry people around Northwest Ohio. We’re
   calling it Virginia’s Victory Gardens.

 3) Keeping 577’s people, finances, and communications healthy so we can weather these
   uncertain times responsibly.

In this time of uncertainty, our community needs us. And we need you.

If you’re able, please make a donation to The 577 Foundation today.


If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are other ways you can support us. You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your Facebook or Instagram social media would mean the world to us. You can ask your loved ones to donate to 577 in honor of your special celebrations this year, or just because.

You can also support us by living out 577’s mission and values. How can you benefit the entire community? Can you pick up garbage or debris in your neighborhood (with gloves on!), or mow a neighbor’s lawn for them? Can you post an encouraging sign in your window to raise someone’s spirits? Can you start your own garden in your backyard or in containers? Can you share your creativity or special talents with others, or connect with strangers and loved ones in friendly, caring ways?

In times like this, we’re called to remember how interconnected we all are.

Thank you for being part of our community, and thank you for all of the gifts you bring to this world and to us.



Take care,
Heather Gallant, Executive Director
Phone: 419.872.0305

The 577 Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
EIN 34-1591869. Thank you for your gift!