Embracing with love the many wings 
whose lives we transform.

​​​​​​PROVIDING HOME, FLOCK, REST, REFUGE & INDIVIDUALIZED CARE
​THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BRING OUR VISION TO LIFE!

ABOUT UNDER MY WING

Under My Wing Avian Refuge, exist to provide captive birds with individualized care, the companionship of a flock, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being and educating the public of the complex needs of parrots in captivity and the crisis facing them.
Under My Wing Avian Refuge AKA Under My Wing and UMWAR
Foundation Type: General, charity-Section 509(a)(2) Sub-section Code 501(c)(3) 
EIN 26-1470517
Cause Area (NTEE Code) 
Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)
Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)
Animal Training, Behavior (D61) 

This Green Care Project Community Garden Initiative helps to fill the void by providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals where they can participate in nature-based activities (ie, creating sustainable community gardens) and educational programs while being supported by a Nurtured Heart Approach coach and green industry experts. The project is non-clinical and it is not intended, replace or substitute for any clinical program from which an individual may benefit. Green care projects do compliment clinical and public welfare services by increasing the possibilities of success for individuals using nature as the primary tool. Studies have shown that participating in outdoor activities and working with animals and nature increase ones’ confidence, building hope and aspirations, and redirecting focus toward positive lifestyle changes. 

In addition to participating in the Green Care Program, we plan to coordinate those activities of Patchwork Pastures. In doing so, we create an outreach plan with Drug Court, Probation, Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) program officials for the purpose of encouraging Courts and Probation offices to order at risk young adults to participate in our proposed program. Part of that outreach would include meeting with the relevant officers and presenting the positive effect working with animals and nature has on the individuals in recovery. We would also reach out to local providers of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, as well as care management programs. Social Media, press releases, and local advertising are essential for the success of the program.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge is home to more than 100 exotic birds, all of whom were surrendered due to neglect, maltreatment or owners’ inability to keep their birds. Our collaboration with Patchwork Pastures Green Care Project Initiative Under My Wing Aviary Refuge acts as a PATCH to their initiative creating an on-site Community Garden (local nonprofit organization EIN 83-3481467) will help to  raise awareness on the growing number and needs of  such birds first, by creating a sustainable community garden to grow natural foods for the birds, and secondly by allowing extension of our educational center. Through this expansion we will be able to address two major epidemics:                                 

  • Exploitation and abuse of exotic birds 
  • Identify the increasing numbers of at-risk young adults.


Under My Wing Avian Refuge believe the program contributes to our organization’s overall mission and serves the community at large.
By utilizing our Avian Refuge as a center for community garden and educational programs, we can create a healing environment for both the birds and our community members. More specifically, in participating as a Patchwork Pastures PATCH, gives us the avenue to provide opportunities, for our underserved at-risk population, to become involved in creating a community garden and resource center. This, is where we will then be able to offer; community education, hands on experience (eg, gardening, animal husbandry, bird toy assembly), and tours to further support the health and welfare of both humans and exotic birds. process. 

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In New Jersey, the opioid epidemic rose nearly 38% between 2010 and 2015, and in 2018 more than 3.163 overdose deaths were reported in this State alone. Sadly, Sussex County NJ has limited resources to serve its growing population of individuals affected by substance use. There are very limited outpatient providers, and only 3 accept Medicaid. Services are also limited for individuals struggling with mental challenges with only 145 private-pay mental health providers per 100,000 individuals. This creates a barrier for individuals who need services, who cannot access them due to lack of Medicaid providers and self-pay requirements. Inability to receive services quite often leads to lower self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness with nowhere to turn. Working with nature can increase an individual’s feeling of self-worth and assist in their healing process.

Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Coach

Rachel Helt

Founder and CEO of Patchwork Pastures and nonprofit executive 

​OUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Under My Wing Avian Refuge
1243 Rte 23 North
Wantage NJ 07461 US
Email: info@undermywing.org
Tel. +1 973-702-7770
Paula's Cell +1 862-268-3059 (Emergencies Only)

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Each staff member, anticipated to devote up to 30 hours per month to the project. The program will be funded through grants, community sponsorships, donations and fundraising. A major component for the program is providing transportation to participants who wish to participate to ensure the program is a success for both human and animal involved. Transportation costs include gas, mileage, insurance, wear & tear and driver. The expected duration of the program estimated at 1 year.   

Each participant is obligated to

  • Complete a minimum of 1 hour, coaching session to measure his/her level of commitment to the project
  • Commit to five additional coaching sessions, which will measure their progress, self-esteem, and personal growth with the program.
  • Commit to a minimum of 30 hours of community service to be eligible and to move forward in consideration for an internship with an alternate green company.

 
Measuring each participant’s achievements and resolution


  • Why the program did not work for them
  • What the obstacles are that prevent them from completing the program
  • What can we do to help

UNDER MY  WING  FREE FLIGHT & OPEN CAGE ENVIRONMENT FOR EXOTIC BIRDS ESTABLISHED 2007


Our Devotion and Commitment are Continually Changing Parrots Lives

People in general are unaware of the harsh life most exotic bird’s experience. Exotic birds, frequently purchased by breeders and hobbyists, are often severely abused, or neglected and, given their long life span (approx. 70+ years); tend to be re-homed multiple times. As we humans’ harsh treatment, neglect, and even separation from a loving owner with whom they have bonded can have lifelong negative effects on these beautiful animals. They self-mutilate, become depressed, and suffer from anxiety and PDST just as humans’ do. Among humans, particularly younger individual’s exposure to adverse life challenges or family risk factors often leads to substance abuse, significate mental health problems, or even incarceration. However, studies conducted across and the United States have shown that contact with animals and nature can have positive healing effects on individuals who suffer from mental health or substance abuse disorders. Likewise, the Green Care Project Community Garden, encourage social contact by serving as an informal meeting place for a group and shared activities, foster a sense of community, provide psychological benefits among its members and a bird enthusiastic. 


By utilizing our Avian Refuge as a center for community garden and educational programs, we can create a healing environment for both the birds and our community members. More specifically, in participating in PATCH, gives us the avenue to provide opportunities, for our underserved at-risk population, to become involved in creating a community garden and resource center. This, is where we will then be able to offer; community education, hands on experience (eg, gardening, animal husbandry, bird toy assembly), and tours to further support the health and welfare of both humans and exotic birds.

GREEN CARE PROJECT INITIATIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN & AVIARY

 Executive Director

Paula N Ashfield

Founder and CEO of

Under My Wing Avian Refuge

Masters Level Certified Arborist Alan McCullough

Program Director and ISA International Arborist and Tree Worker & Certified American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)

MEET OUR STAFF

Director of Safety

Thomas Scott Ashfield

Treasurer of Under My Wing Avian Refuge.

The mission of Patchwork Pastures is Bringing Recover and Nature together (EIN 83-3481467). Patchwork Pastures has developed a 5 steps’ incorporating mentoring, volunteerism, education, , apprenticeship opportunities and job readiness, which can lead to employment opportunities for individuals who participate in the program. Informing this strategic partnership, Under My Wing Avian Refuge would agree to become a PATCH (a nature-based site location) where Patchwork Pastures participants, to be assigned for community services opportunities. With this opportunity, they would also receive in-depth education on exotic birds and the reasons they are at the refuge. As well as, learning the value of creating a natural and sustainable community garden, and the benefit it can provide the birds and the community. With a certified Arborist who’s supervision to the garden construction and to teach the participants the origins and benefits of the plans used for the garden.

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~ EDUCATE AND BUILD ~


  • A community garden and educational resource center.
  • A natural environment with an edible garden with a visitor's path and sitting area overlooking the garden and the outdoor bird aviaries.
  • Provide opportunities, for our underserved at-risk population.


Your support throughout 2020 will allow this project to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2021

INVEST IN OUR VISION TO HELP GROW A COMMUNITY

We anticipate multiple favorable outcomes for this project. Patchwork Pastures will guide participants throughout this process and track positive results and achievements. Participants will be at less risk of re-offending by connecting with nature and learning sustainable life skills. The birds, whose origins are tropical, would benefit from living in a natural environment as well as being provided with an edible garden for food (this increases their mental and physical well-being). Thus, both humans and animals benefit.


​Under My Wing Avian Refuge is to provide ongoing education and site tours for children and public to learn about exotic birds, their biology, habits and needs, and the risks they face from irresponsible breeders and maltreatment. Site activities and its anticipation is welcomed in our community, and funded largely from local supporters, who visit the community garden and educational center, and by sponsorship of the ongoing programs.