The Wilderness Center (TWC) is looking for community support after being accepted in a competitive grant program to support its Community Conservation Partnership Program.
If successful, TWC will receive up to $100,000 to implement a program focusing on how our local families, schools, and even businesses can all pitch in and make a difference with small steps, actions, and choices that improve environmental health for wildlife and people. The goal of the program is to offer educational programming, community engagement, and property certification options for families, schools, and other property owners.
The Wilderness Center is one of the nonprofit organizations participating in A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowdfunding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK. The initiative is part of the Gannett Foundation and supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building. Since 2017, the program has helped to distribute more than $12.2 million from donations and grants across the nation.
To qualify for a grant, The Wilderness Center needs to meet a fundraising goal from its own network. Those who would like to support this program must donate July 19th through August 13th at the “A Community Thrives” page for The Wilderness Center (acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/organization/Wilderness-Center). The link can also be accessed from The Wilderness Center’s website (www.wildernesscenter.org).
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our communities to get involved in a project that will directly affect them… not just TWC’s properties,” says Jeanne Gural, Executive Director of The Wilderness Center, “The Community Conservation Partnership Program is designed to bring all of us together to solve the problems of habitat loss, pollinator loss, and declining environmental quality in our own backyards and to preserve our night sky for everyone.”
If The Wilderness Center raises the minimum amount by August 13th, they will then qualify for a $100,000 grant which could fully fund the program. All proceeds raised through the “A Community Thrives” portal will go directly to The Wilderness Center despite their eligibility for the larger grant.