Public Lands for Giving Tuesday

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In the United States, today is considered Cyber Monday, a day when deals abound for holiday shopping online. Because of Covid this year, internet shopping is playing an even bigger role. If this frenzied consumerism seems exhausting, try thinking about Giving Tuesday instead.

Giving Tuesday was created by two groups, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2012. Their mission was to set aside a day to celebrate the generosity of giving. Every year since then, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been designated as Giving Tuesday. This year, please consider the appeal below.

IMG_6203-Edit Giving Tuesday Donation

Help us continue to provide public lands content for you while supporting our public lands. 75% of the proceeds from donations made through this link will be donated to one of the non-profits mentioned in this post.


Organizations We Support for 2020

This year, we have opted to narrow our focus to local, non-profit organizations who are struggling to fund basic operations due to extensive shutdowns in the Northeast. Without being able to run tours and workshops for most of the year, their income has dwindled. Even when allowed to re-open, visitor-ship has been reduced to 25% of capacity. They need our help to continue their good work.

Save Ellis Island

Save Ellis Island is one of the friend groups for the Statue of Liberty National Monument. They seek to preserve the crumbling buildings through which many of our ancestors passed in the early 1900s. They give excellent hard hat tours of the site which fund the restoration, but are limited at this time. They are also selling items like cookbooks in their online shop to help.

Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum is an affiliate of the NPS and a National Landmark. It tells the story of American Immigration through living history tours. The indoor tours are available as a virtual experience with limited neighborhood walking tours offered. They also have an online shop in the hopes of surviving the pandemic.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

The Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is in Medford on the edge of the NJ Pinelands National Reserve. The refuge rehabilitates and releases thousands of native animals each year. Their educational programs and photography workshops pay for much of their overhead. With schools closed and gathering sizes limited their income in 2020 falls short of what they need to care for the animals. In addition to requesting monetary donations, they have also created an Amazon wishlist.

National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy

The Conservancy serves as the non-profit partner to 24 NPS sites in NY/NJ like Federal Hall and Sandy Hook. Currently, donations are focused on renovating Federal Hall, the site of George Washington’s Inauguration. The building was damaged on 9-11. With tourism down in NYC, and many sites closed, there is little revenue from admissions, tours and concession shops to help fund the maintenance needed in the area’s NPS sites.

Thanks for your consideration and have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

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