Mission Statement:Cordrey Charities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and sharing the joys and rewards of gardening and living among plants with all members of our community. We do this by providing education, motivation, and inspiration through classroom programs, gardening classes and demonstrations, guest speakers, the creation of healing gardens, and other projects and programs. We are also committed to helping our community better understand the direct relationship between a healthy lifestyle and the incorporation of plants in one’s life. Our fund is supported by fundraising efforts, grants, and donations and will help develop the gardens of tomorrow by teaching gardeners today.

Cordrey Charities' first program has been very successful and is ongoing and expanding! We have been working with 2nd grade teachers at Millsboro Elementary School where we gave each 2nd grader an aloe plant and information about caring for their plants along with information about all of the uses of aloe in our everyday lives. The students were responsible for taking care of their plants and attended a special assembly this spring where prizes were awarded to students whose plants fared well throughout the winter. We are currently in the process of planning an expansion of the program into schools throughout Sussex County. See Cordrey Charities' Facebook page for updates on our programs, activities, and events.

Our' inaugural fundraiser took place on September 29, 2012 when 170 people participated in the 1st Annual Corn to Run, a 5K run/walk, held throughout a cornfield across the road from East Coast Garden Center. The 2013 Corn to Run is expected to welcome well over 250 participants! It's gratifying to see so many people participate in the run to support Cordrey Charities' programs. The Run is followed by East Coast Garden Center's Annual Harvest Fest which also raises funds to help meet the goals outlined in our mission statement.


Watch Cordrey Charities' Facebook page for updates on activities and events!