Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) began in 2006 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Wolfeboro, NH with a mission to create a contagious community building model that translates sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun. We work to make the necessary tools, services, and information available that empower people to contribute to sustainable community building everyday: socially, environmentally, and economically. We currently serve greater Carroll County and are working on a model that can be replicable throughout New England.
Innovative Programs that Empower Sustainability Education, Individual Action, and Community Enrichment
Current programs include -
•Study Circles: Small groups of people coming together in an inquisitive atmosphere to explore topics of social and environmental concern, such as: sustainable design, agriculture, climate change, deep ecology, local revitalization, and health/nutrition.
•Sustain-A-Raisers: A nationally recognized, volunteer-driven, sustainable home and yard makeover service that promotes resource conservation and self-sufficiency. Services include installation of a garden bed, clothesline, compost bin, cold-frame, rain barrel, or eco-yard-cleanups, and most recently solar hot water systems.
•GALAvanting: Self proclaimed “GALAvanters” arrange carpooling and “Meetups” at various sustainability events such as home-brew bottling potlucks, cucumber canning parties, and winter farmers markets.
•Community Events: G.A.L.A. organizes community events throughout the year, including Earth Day activities, a Farm-to-Table Feast, Contra Dance Series, Homesteading Workshops, Film Screenings, 350 Home & Garden Challenge, No Impact Week, and more.
Commitment to Community Collaboration & Capacity Building
Broad community collaboration is a defining signature of G.A.L.A. Our first Earth Week Celebration involved more than 75 different area businesses and nonprofit organizations through a Merchant Green Days, Environmental Expo, and Curbside Cleanup Day. Our Farm to Table Feast was equally impressive with more than 50 different farms, businesses, and organizations making the local foods dinner possible. Both of these events mobilized a diverse array of community stakeholders to come together around a common goal – creating a more sustainable, resilient, and desirable community.
As G.A.L.A.’s programs have been developing over the last five years, our administrative capacity has followed suit. We recently completed a three-year strategic plan and currently employ a full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer.