Two German Village groups have united their efforts under a new fundraising format.
The German Village Garten Club has joined with the Friends of Schiller Park to create the German Village Blooming Fund,100 percent of the proceeds from which will be used to cover the cost of increasing the number of flowers and plants in the neighborhood.
Officials have their eyes set on sprucing up Frank Fetch Park, the Welcome Garden at Schiller Park, the garden surrounding the historic Schiller monument and the flower boxes along South Third Street.
The Blooming Fund gives people in the German Village area the opportunity to contribute to the beautification of the village without physically donating the time, officials said.
Katharine Moore, president of the Friends of Schiller Park, said the garden club tends to mine a small fundraising group, so the new arrangement opens up additional revenue springs.
It also helps Friends of Schiller Park, which is a committee of the German Village Society, by drawing attention to some of the more visible floral attractions in the neighborhood.
"This was a step toward simplification," she said. "Residents have really responded with appreciation to this one-stop giving opportunity."
Bob Mullinax, president of the garden club, said the arrangement still will allow each club to maintain its own identity while promoting a common cause.
"The point of this whole thing is everybody in German Village gets to enjoy the fruits of our labor," he said. "We're all doing the same thing: We're beautifying different spaces, but all the spaces are in German Village."
People can donate online through germanvillage.com or send a check to the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. In each case, patrons are asked to make clear the donation is intended for the Blooming Fund.
The German Village Society is administering the receipt of donations and distribution of the proceeds of the fund.