Thank you to all who have given since we announced last month that we have a very generous donor who will match your donation, dollar for dollar -- from $25 up to $1,000 -- until the goal of $5,000 is reached!
For example, if you give a gift of $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $1,000, your donation will count as $2,000. Any and all donations are welcome, small and large.
Purple Line NOW needs, on average, about $20,000 a year to accomplish the work mentioned above and continue its vigilance in helping to make this project a reality. Want to know who else is supporting Purple Line NOW? You can see a list of our generous donors at the link.
If you don’t see your name on the list, we hope you will consider Purple Line NOW as you make your holiday giving plans. And, if you do see your name on the list, but your annual donation is expiring, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to renew your donation during this period when your generosity will be doubled by the challenge grant!
It is because of this grant, and your participation in it, that we will be able to continue our services throughout the coming year, even as the pandemic has tightened everyone’s purse strings.
We are grateful that work is beginning anew throughout the Purple Line corridor and that a settlement has finally been reached between the State of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners. Although there are still significant hurdles to scale, we are encouraged to see crews working hard to get things started again.
We want each of you to know that Purple Line NOW is as committed as ever to help see this project through to opening day.
We remain vigilant in our focus of zeroing in on community concerns, and proud we have been able to act as a bridge from the community to the builders of the Purple Line. To that end, we have seen a significant uptick in phone calls and emails from residents and businesses alike for answers to issues that have arisen due to construction or concerns over the future of the project.
We are extraordinarily grateful for all of our supporters -- we simply can't exist without you. Some of you may not realize that we are a nearly all-volunteer organization, with one quarter-time employee. Our core leadership meets each and every month, now via Zoom, and our full board meets every quarter to discuss and share all that is going on along the corridor, and to determine where Purple Line NOW can best be of service.
While fundraising for an organization such as ours is never easy -- we hold no special events; we simply ask for help when our coffers are low -- you have always been generous in your response. That support has allowed us to do our work for over two decades and continue into the future until we are all able to take that first Purple Line ride!
We are proud of our popular Envisioning the Purple Line Series of events we host free of charge to all participants and audience members. In August, Purple Line NOW pivoted from an in-person event to a Zoom webinar and were happily surprised at the enthusiastic response to this new format with nearly 140 participants. Along with elected officials and developers from both counties, we invited MTA to give a timely status update. We are currently planning the next webinar for winter 2021, so stay tuned!
Finally, we are thrilled that many of you find our widely-read bi-weekly newsletter informative and engaging. We can’t believe we have published 60 editions of the Purple Line NEWS to date! Our newsletter is published every other week, typically on Wednesdays. Let us know if there is a topic you would like to see covered in the future.
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 like you who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work each year. Remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website, as well as in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.
You can easily donate by clicking on the button below.
We appreciate your kindness and generosity, both financially and otherwise. A great big thank you to our anonymous donor whose dedication to the project through this matching grant will make it easier for all our donors to have a significant positive impact on the work we do.
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