The Power of Local: Giving Back to Our Community

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The power of local: giving back to the community

Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. They are much more than simple marketplaces – they are the places where neighbors meet, where local culture thrives, and where community ties are strengthened. Unlike big box stores, which often siphon money away from the local economy, local businesses keep the money circulating within the community, supporting local jobs, and contributing to the area’s prosperity.

Local businesses have an intimate understanding of their community’s needs, and they often step up to address these needs in ways that larger corporations cannot. By reinvesting their profits back into the local economy, these businesses support local jobs, fund city services through taxes, and contribute to local nonprofits. This cycle of investment creates a resilient and vibrant community where every dollar spent at a local business generates income for the local economy.

Our Contributions to the Local Community

As a proud local business, we firmly believe in giving back to our community. This belief is reflected in our various initiatives supporting local schools and educational projects. We regularly donate to our local schools’ garden or life lab projects, creating opportunities for students to learn about sustainable practices, agriculture, and nutrition. These contributions not only enrich our students’ learning experiences but also instill a sense of environmental responsibility and community spirit in the next generation.

Special Focus: The Homeless Garden Project (HGP)

The homeless garden project farm

But our community engagement does not stop there. We recently made a significant contribution to the Homeless Garden Project (HGP), an initiative dedicated to providing job training, transitional employment, and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

In support of their mission, we donated 80 cubic yards of Organic Compost to the HGP. This compost will be used in the HGP’s organic gardening programs, where participants learn critical job skills, life lessons, and the therapeutic benefits of horticultural therapy. It’s not just about growing plants – it’s about growing people and hope.

Call to Action

We encourage everyone to support local initiatives such as the Homeless Garden Project. They do an incredible job of providing invaluable services to some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals.

If you wish to contribute, you can make a donation to the Homeless Garden Project here. Every little bit helps and goes directly toward helping those in need in our community.


Donate to the homeless garden project

Supporting local businesses means supporting our community. When we choose to spend our money locally, we’re not just buying a product or a service; we’re investing in our neighbors, our friends, and our community’s future. We’re proud of our contributions to the local schools and the Homeless Garden Project, but we know that we are just one part of a larger community effort. Let’s continue to support each other, to support local, and to build the kind of community we all want to be a part of.

Thank you for being a part of our journey.

(Images courtesy of The Homeless Garden Project)

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Reed Santee

Reed Santee is the owner of Central Home Supply, a family-owned and operated building and landscape material supplier serving the Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley communities since 1974. With a focus on quality products, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service, Reed has led Central Home Supply to become a trusted partner for homeowners, contractors, and landscapers alike. His commitment to the community and passion for building beautiful spaces has made Central Home Supply a cornerstone of the local construction industry.