TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to ReThink, Inc.

The group wants to make improvements to its community garden, located at 1544 S. 13th Street in Terre Haute, including seating, an earth sculpture, banana trees and flowers. The grant will also support the purchase and installation of bird baths, bird and squirrel feeders, a walkway, painted rain barrels and improvements to a children’s play area.

“Community gardens are extremely beneficial to the environment and to the health and well-being of local residents,” said Shikha Bhattacharyya, executive director of reTHink Inc. “We’re grateful for the financial support of partners like Duke Energy, which will allow us to make this space a truly community-centric gathering place.”

Duke Energy employees and retirees are also volunteering their time and efforts throughout the month of April to support conservation and sustainability efforts in their local communities in honor of Earth Day.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, we recognize the importance of enhancing and promoting a sustainable future for Vigo County,” said Rick Burger, government and community relations manager at Duke Energy. “We’re proud to support this community garden and the many benefits it offers, including serving as a source of food for those in need as well as providing educational opportunities and neighborhood beautification.”