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Sunnyside-Blueridge Community Garden and Right Choices Inc

Sunnyside-Blueridge Community Garden has partnered with Right Choices Inc., to construct a community vegetable garden in the Sunnyside Community in Third Ward located in Houston, Texas. The garden will be located on a parcel of land owned by Right Choices Inc. The goal is to give the elderly and disabled residents free vegetables and fruits. All other residents will pay a small nominal fee for their vegetables and fruits.

The area where the garden is located is considered to be a food desert. The area has two grocery stores and one of those burned to the ground in late august of this year. It is not It is uncertain if the owner(s) will rebuild. These two stores were the main source for fresh vegetables and fruits. The Sunnyside community is a food desert with a population of 27000. The unemployment rate is 29% the highest in Houston, Texas. The average income is less than $25000.00.

Funding for the construction of a raised garden was budgeted for $35000.00. Sunnyside-Blueridge Community Garden and Right Choices Inc. has already spent $7000.00 on the construction of the raised garden, but like many other nonprofits, the Covid-19 Pandemic has reduced donations to the Sunnyside-Blueridge Community Garden and Right Choices Inc. organizations. Many donations that were pledged were rescinded by donors due to the pandemic. For more information about this partnership go to

For Immediate Release

Right Choices, Inc. reaches GuideStar’s highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results

Houston, Texas—Right Choices Inc. today earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Right Choices making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

 "In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Mike Caraway, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media."

To reach the Platinum level, Right Choices Inc. added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Right Choices Inc. has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance."

I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added Caraway. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale." 

About GuideStar

Nonprofit Profiles In February 2019, GuideStar joined forces with Foundation Center to form Candid, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Today, GuideStar is a service of Candid. The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. The profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. Candid encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 13 million people who visit to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. To reach a given participation level, organizations must complete all required fields for that level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants' profiles in the GuideStar database.

About Candid

Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Find out more at and on                  Twitter @CandidDotOrg.

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