Project Green

 How it all began

Patrycja Siewert Towns believes all children should have an ability to attend summer camp. 

To learn to spread their wings by experiencing that little bit of independence that comes from being away from parents for just a little while.  Summer camps allow children to strengthen their social skills, and learn about things like nutrition by growing then cooking their own food. Exposure to music and animals can ignite a love for nature.

 

Kim Kreiss grew up in the Pacific Northwest where everyday felt like outdoor camp to her. With the wilderness in her backyard, winter skiing, horseback riding, summer swims and camping were easily accessible. Weekends were often spent on Lake Washington boating and swimming enjoying all the freedom that lifestyle had to offer. When she thinks back to her childhood it is always in shades of blue and green.  Kim finds it rewarding to be able to give children the ability to enjoy a slice of heaven that experiencing the great outdoors can provide.

 

Both Patrycja and Kim are like minded in their respect and love of the outdoors. Both women are committed to making it possible for children to have the chance to experience summer camp with its wide open green space and where a the possibility of a lifelong friendship with nature can be born.

Our Mission 

Project Green's mission is to develop and launch an annual "Back to Basics" Summer Camp program for underserved children and teenagers and kids in foster care by partnering with existing summer camps then sponsoring the kids to the camps.  Back to Basics will teach kids and young people how to interact with one another focusing on building self-esteem and awareness of the environment by incorporating challenging and fun activities.


Additionally, Project Green will invest in and "Green Space Initiative" by protecting green space, initially within the Southeastern United States with plans for expansion into other regions and will develop organic gardens, playgrounds and kid parks on these properties.

Funding this Mission

We at Project Green find it most desirable to be able to be financially independent. We are working hard to not be dependent on grants and other forms of funding that come with many strings attached.  Our goal is to raise the initial funds necessary to launch the annual benefit music concerts to generate the needed funds to advance our mission and support our cause.  This plan, however, comes with a fairly large upfront cost. Concerts require space, marketing, talent costs, insurances, and the all important security, just to name a few costs.  For this reason, Project Green has started sponsoring kids to summer camps but we need more funds to further our mission. If you believe that kids deserve access to clean, green space and summer camp, it would be awesome if you could help us get on solid financial ground so we can spend less time worrying about money and more time focusing on a greener tomorrow. 

Future Goals

As cities expand and green space becomes parking lots, it is only a matter of time before those who do have access to green space find themselves trapped in the middle of the concrete jungle as well.


Once Project Green raises sufficient funds and is continuously working with summer camps, the foundation will then move forward with its plans to  purchase green spaces within cities in the U.S..  The "Green Space" land be protected from  future development plus Project Green would turn this green space into a safe space for children to play, interact, and learn.  Children from all over will have access to outdoor space, within their city where they can learn how to grow an organic garden and where food comes from plus play, learn and expand their knowledge while having fun in a safe and green environment.

Our Growth 

While Project Green continues to fundraise and grow, we have already launched our Back to Basic Summer Camp program and have started sponsoring children on the East Coast. Below is just a glimpse into some of the amazing opportunities we have had, both to grow our community of supporters and to kids expand their horizons.

Lending a Helping Hand

Community Cultivation

Our Board 

The board members at Project Green work tirelessly to help promote and grow our organization.  We are committed to advancing the mission to one day be able to start and grow the Back to Basics camp and help ensure a greener tomorrow.  Below you will find just a little bit more information about who we are and how we got here.

Patrycja Siewert Towns

Founder

Patrycja Siewert Towns is the President and CEO of Alive! Expo, one of the nations’ largest Green Living, Natural Products Health & Wellness Consumer events in the country.  She is also a partner and co-owner of Alive Expo Green Pavilion, an Eco Luxury Educational Lounge that takes place surrounding Hollywood’s most prestigious red-carpet award ceremonies and events including the Emmy week, Oscar week, at the annual Sundance Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival and others.  Additionally, Mrs. Siewert Towns is one of the founders of Project Green, a 501c3 non-profit in Atlanta, Georgia.  With over 22 years of experience in the natural products, organic foods and green living industry working with companies ranging from large publishing companies to privately owned health food retailers and small to mid size manufacturers of natural and organic products, Patrycja’s experience includes fundraising and sponsorship opportunities for a plethora of companies across the industry.  Mrs. Siewert Towns is a highly energetic professional with a solid background in marketing, advertising, e-commerce, sales, and event and trade show production. Mrs. Siewert-Towns immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1984 when she was just a teenager with no English language skills.  She excelled in her studies through high school and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Translation.  She is fluent in Polish with conversational skills in German.  She lives with her husband and 3 children in the Tampa, FL area.

Kim Kreiss

Founder

Kim Kreiss creates fundraising, brand entertainment and sponsorship opportunities in television, film and talked-about events to establish celebrity association for their clients; helping originate positive celebrity product connections without the formality of a commercial endorsement. These connections generate both celebrity branding and strong brand recognition.  Kim Kreiss has most recently been creating and producing celebrity events surrounding Hollywood’s most prestigious red-carpet award ceremonies such as Sundance Film Festival, the Oscars, and the Emmy’s.  During her 15 years in Los Angeles Kim, an entertainment executive, acquired an extensive background in the television, film and music industry. As the talent manager and owner of Artist Management, Kim represented award-winning actors. Kim has worked alongside music management companies and record labels. As a personal manager she helped musical talent cross over into film and television. Kim has produced and developed clients and projects with great diversity from traditional format independent films involving mainstream talent and network TV, to extreme athletes whose goals were to reach the X-games. Kim has been invited to the "Sundance Film Institute Producer Symposium". She is a member of the "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences", "Screen Actors Guild" and "Women In Film".

Ted Towns

Board Member

Ted is originally from Michigan. After college he traveled some for work and eventually settled in Tampa, Florida with his wife and three sons. He is a long time philanthropist and supporter of children’s charities. In addition to being a board member of Project Green, he volunteers his time as the charities visual designer, from creating the logo to all promotional and marketing pieces. Ted holds a degree in Fine Arts.

Brittany Portman

Board Member

Brittany was born in Atlanta, GA.  After seeing ANNIE on Broadway at age 6, she decided she wanted to be an actress.  She took singing, dancing and acting classes and made her acting debut in the Actor's Equity performance of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at the Fox in Atlanta, GA.  She is a graduate of Barnard College, New York, NY, Major: Film Studies  She is a member of the Events Committee Columbia University Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs.  Brittany and her family are involved in many charities and especially those that help children and concentrate on environment.

Do you have what it takes?

If you are passionate about creating a greener tomorrow, have a voice, and want to make a difference in the lives of inner city and foster kids, we need to talk.  You CAN make a difference and we can help you do it.  At Project Green we are always looking for passionate people to volunteer and help us help the kids. Whether it be serving on the Board of Directors, helping us plan the next big thing in green spaces, or just telling your friends how awesome we are, we need your help today. Please send use your application to volunteer and we will get in touch with you to let you know exactly how your can help.