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Grow the Change

Two women changing the diet of Maui's Homeless

Grow The Change spearheaded by Rebekah Uccellini, and run by Melissa Connelly over the years has partnered with a variety of organizations, including Maui School Garden Network, Grow Some Good, and Malama Maui Nui (formerly Community Work Day) to devotionally create dozens of community gardens and school gardens locally and for the less financially secure.  
Their intention: All communities deserve to have access to healthy locally grown food, nutrition, the arts, music, and education.

Grow the Change works to identify access points unavailable to under-served communities and to build bridges that help them rise to their fullest potential. By transforming our schools, hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, orphanages...forgotten lands... into places of empowerment, health and healing, inter-generational sharing, land regeneration, mentorship and abundance.
Infinite gratitude to Rebekah Uccellini and Melissa Connelly for their creative community bridge building and devotion to leveling the playing field and showing us all the resource we ourselves are and inspiring us to create together.
Grow the Change you wish to see in the world....
One garden, One community at a time.
This project at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Shelter has birthed a food forest out of a dust bowl and providing under-served children and adults with healthy and inexpensive dietary options. Through weekly programs Grow the Change brings art, creativity, gardening, cooking classes, and Hawai`ian cultural practices to the children living at the shelter. Their efforts have inspired and empowered a community to see themselves as productive and capable contributors.
For more information on how to get involved and/or volunteer,
please contact Melissa at: or (808) 268-2649
Get connected online and stay on top of upcoming events:
Grow the Change Facebook Group
A special note on behalf of Rebekah Uccellini
Not one to ask for help and always looking for ways to help and contribute to others, the community has come together to support our beloved friend, Rebekah. She has been experiencing a health crisis and is currently on the Mainland seeking treatment and solace.
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