November 30 is #GivingTuesday –
A day that encourages people to do good.
November is traditionally a time to think of who and what we are grateful for, culminating on Thanksgiving Day. By the time we are putting away the leftovers, our thoughts wander from grateful to great holiday deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How can we keep grateful in the present?
That’s where #GivingTuesday comes in. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season each year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a reminder that giving back is yet another way to give.
Considering what we are grateful for can clarify how we give. Whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.
$10,000 Matching Gift Challenge
To help celebrate GSWA’s 40-years anniversary, a generous donor has offered to match every donation we receive now through December 31, 2021, up to $10,000 in total. We are grateful for this opportunity to double your gift in support of protecting the water and land of the Great Swamp watershed and the Passaic River region.
A gift of $1,000 becomes $2000 to provides an environmental program for two groups of urban city students from a school in Paterson or Newark, NJ. They will participate in classes led by our award-winning educators that give them the knowledge and skills to design, equip and maintain a rain garden on their school grounds. These rain gardens absorb hundreds of gallons of water that would otherwise inundate ailing city sewer systems.
A gift of $500 becomes $1000 to help fund an outreach program to a city or town on the Passaic River with our expert water quality monitoring staff, officials. Public briefings are held that educate the town’s people on best practices they can adopt to help protect and improve their local waters and lands.
A gift of $250 becomes $500 to allow GSWA to host two additional events in our series of very popular Breakfast/Evening Briefings. These programs feature expert speakers who educate residents of the region in matters of concern such as open space management, climate change, flooding and stormwater runoff, and more.
A gift of $100 becomes $200 to enable our hardworking stewardship staff to add 20 feet of boardwalk to the wetlands portion of a trail in our Conservation Management Area (CMA) in Harding Township. The CMA serves as our outdoor classroom, research lab, and public trails for you and for hundreds of students each year from across northern NJ.
A gift of $50 becomes $100 to keep two students dry as they explore the streams of the CMA in a pair of new, waterproof knee boots. Giving kids hands-on, in-the-water learning experiences is key to them understanding the real issues of pollution in our rivers and streams.
When we are grateful, we have the power to make a positive change.
Thank you for supporting Great Swamp Watershed Association this #GivingTuesday – November 30!