The Arboretum Grounds are closed to the public today (Monday, August 9) due to tree removal.
One thing's very clear to me these days – we don't get to pick our defining moments. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that the urgency and the need for community is important now more than ever. Yet interpersonal interaction is something that we're being denied. Emotional agility will help us weather the shifting sands beneath our feet, along with the understanding that grief and resilience live together. So today I write to you about community, compassion, and commitment.
In normal times, each fall I send a request for your end-of-year annual support. But these are not normal times. These days Reeves-Reed Arboretum is existing at half-mast, at best. Our programs, community events, camps, and fundraisers have all been put 'on hold' leaving us with no way to earn the necessary income to operate. Limited staff work safely, off hours, to maintain the grounds so that our neighbors can find a safe haven in the midst of this alienating crisis. Yet, how would you feel if one day you came by and Reeves-Reed Arboretum was no more?
Today, I ask you to make your yearly gift to our Annual Appeal early. And if last year you gave $50, please consider $75; if last year $100, please make it $150; and so on.
We must always believe that caring counts. But caring is not enough without vision and hope. We need your good faith and willingness to give generously. Yes, it's time to stop asking whether it's necessary to do more now. Instead, let's ask what more can we do today so that we have less to sacrifice tomorrow.
Thank you. Thank you for always being there as part of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum family. Together, and for now, we will continue to find community virtually with each kind word and with each act of generosity.
With my deepest appreciation,
P.S. The Trustees of Reeves-Reed Arboretum have led the charge with a challenge donation of $50,000. Please pick up the gauntlet and join our Board in protecting and preserving what has become one of the most important, vital, and transformative assets of our community, with your gift to meet that challenge.
For stock donations, please contact our Financial Administrator, Flora Attardi, at email@example.com.