Reeves-Reed Arboretum Annual Fund
Do you hear voices?
I’ve a confession to make: I hear voices. In fact, I’ve been hearing voices for a number of months now. Oh, I’m not talking about saints or demons whispering in my ear. I’m talking about the individual expressions of joy and happiness from this year’s group of EcoCorps participants as they were led through activities on the grounds of the Arboretum by our education staff. Thanks to a remarkable and successful partnership with ECLC/PRIDE, Reeves-Reed Arboretum hosted forty-eight young people who are living with learning disabilities for hands-on horticulture projects geared to building socialization skills and personal empowerment. And their voices grew louder and happier with each new day and each new accomplishment.
Everyone has a voice. Could it be any clearer than that? These young people learned that the very first uncensored impulse of creativity stems from their collaborative efforts working with nature. They discovered the groundwork for self-expression, which evolves from listening to the voices around them – the wind through the leaves; bird songs; and yes, even the cicadas – and joining in with them to create one voice.
Now we need to hear from you. Raise your voice and be a part of the excitement by supporting this year’s Annual Appeal, Nurturing Nature 2013. Your fully tax-deductible Annual Appeal gift is not for membership dues or program fees. It is you helping to support our general operating expenses. For example, your gift of $100 (only 28 cents a day) will help us touch and make a difference in more lives.
And all of this involves listening to the voices around us.
P.S. Thanks to our partners at Celgene Corporation, the first one hundred Annual Appeal gifts of $250 or more will receive an Eton FRX2 Solar/Hand Turbine Powered, AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with a USB Smartphone Charger and LED Flashlight.
What a wonderful (and green) way to say thanks to our friends!
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Reeves-Reed Arboretum is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization; therefore, your gift is fully tax-deductible.