Relationships are an important part of our mission. We want our customers to know where their food comes from and provide them with opportunities to meet and learn about our providers. We also strive to build lasting relationships with our local community. We look for like-minded businesses, organizations and groups with whom we can build lasting bonds. Below is just a few of the people, farms and businesses that we have cultivate relationships with over the past years. If you have a similar mission and desire to build a stronger food community please reach out to us so we can build a relationship with you.
Rock Terrace School in Rockville provides special educational services for children with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. Students from the upper school at Rock Terrace use Dawson’s as a work site to learn job skills for the future. Dawson’s works closely with Rock Terrace on their horticulture program, tending to the school’s garden during the summer when school is out of session. Rock Terrace students sell herbs grown in this garden at the Dawson’s Farmer’s Market.
Red Wiggler is a sustainable farm that employs and supports people with developmental disabilities. Dawson’s has partnered with Red Wiggler on several fundraisers for the farm including 5% Days and Cheers for Charity. Dawson’s also purchases produce grown at Red Wiggler.
Nourish Now strives to fight food insecurity in Montgomery County by reducing the waste of unused fresh food. Food collected is delivered directly to families in need. Dawson’s makes regular donations to Nourish Now to ensure that nothing goes to waste in the food supply chain.
The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent nonprofit organization, formed and led by individual community members and representatives of local businesses, government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically.
We bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders to improve the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, sustainable, equitable local food system.
The Rockville Senior Center provides wonderful classes, meeting space, programming and fitness opportunities to older Americans in the city. Dawson’s has partnered with the Senior Center on fundraisers, donations, educational opportunities and they are a large part of Dawson’s Wednesday Senior Shopping Day. The center presented Dawson’s with a community partnership award in 2015.
The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation endeavors to:
Encourage the concept of peace and understanding.
Develop and implement plans for executing this mission and effectively using resources.
Promote interest and peace education and research in local and state schools, and other areas.
Facilitate citizen participation in the furtherance of this vision and these objectives.
Cooperate with governmental and private groups in the furtherance of these objectives.
VisArts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. Our vision is a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts.
Founded in 1987 as a grassroots organization serving local artists and located in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, VisArts has come a long way since our founding 30 years ago – from a staff of two to twelve; from a 12,000-square-foot garage space to a 25,000-square-foot hub of community engagement; and from welcoming 2,500 visitors per year to now more than 30,000 visitors annually.