Thanks to you, Purple Line NOW has ushered in another terrific year with renewed energy as we moved our focus from advocating for funding and approval of the project to the daunting task of keeping the communities along the Purple Line corridor on top of breaking news, construction woes, and exciting new developments being built around the new line.
We’ll cut right to the chase – we write today to ask you to become a sponsor by making a donation to Purple Line NOW.
Need a reason to donate? Below you’ll read all we are doing with your financial support. We simply could not exist without you!
A reminder: Purple Line NOW does not receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We operate solely on donations from individuals and businesses who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work.
How Will Purple Line NOW use my donation?
As we always say (because it has always been the case!), Purple Line NOW exists on a very skinny budget – we have only one quarter-time employee, we pay for upkeep and maintenance of our website, and we pay for the resources necessary to get information out to the community through our email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our regular forums – the event is always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)
Purple Line NOW News
With your support, Purple Line NOW has published a bi-weekly, information-packed newsletter, with the latest in construction news, photos, and insider information to keep you on top of what is going on in the field. Next week, we will publish our 22nd issue of Purple Line NOW News, thanks to the many contributors who help us write and release the newsletter every other week. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen! As always, feel free to forward those newsletters to your neighborhood lists, client and community groups, or anyone who will benefit from the information. If you would like to see archives of previous newsletters, you can find them all right here: Newsletters.
Envisioning the Purple Line Series
We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of fora hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Last year, we held an update in Riverdale Park, focusing on specific construction and development going on in that neck of the woods, and this past January, we took the forum to College Park, where our panel of speakers focused their updates on the College Park corridor. Next, we’ll be heading back to Montgomery County for an update on the completion of the Capital Crescent Trail. Stay tuned for more details on that event soon.
Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW has been a clearing house of sorts for calls from residents and businesses who are looking for answers to issues they are experiencing while the project is under construction. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do try to connect folks with the proper resources.
Purple Line NOW board members have a long tradition of attending hearings, testifying on behalf of the project, being a part of Purple Line oriented neighborhood groups, and connecting to elected officials on behalf of line. Our board leadership continues to meet every single month, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas on keeping the project on track. Purple Line NOW also is a strong supporter of other transit organizations and an active participant in the Purple Line Corridor Coalition. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Our members are very active on the Community Advisory Teams.
Maintaining a Presence
Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter via our website, Purple Line NOW. If you haven’t signed up for those, do so today. You’ll get the latest news and be able to participate in discussions happening in those formats.
We hope you will consider joining the sponsors already on board (you can see them HERE) – and remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website and in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.