Earth Month is bringing big things for Triangle Land Conservancy. There are several ways that donors can help support us this month: by regular donations, by trying a new online, local and organic grocery in the Triangle, Relay Foods, or by coming out to a “Tap Takeover” social event on Earth Day, April 22. The biggest payoff for TLC is that a board member has agreed to match up to $25,000 in donations for April!
“It would be great if people would participate in all three!” says Director of Development Christine Wilson.
The goal of this month’s challenge is to raise $25,000 (which will turn into $50,000) to complete projects at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve that need to happen before the preserve can be opened for the public in November: Six miles of multi-use trail (hiking and mountain biking), seven miles of hiking only trail, a large parking lot and a pond dock that needs to be stabilized.
Pam Hemminger, Vice-Chair of TLC’s Board and Mayor of Chapel Hill, is the person providing the match for donors this month. “It’s important to encourage people to donate – and to donate bigger. We’re big fans of TLC, the work they do, the ways they are reaching out to the community. Land is disappearing very quickly. I’d love to move forward faster,” says the mother of four who also enjoys time outdoors.
The Triangle’s New Organic, Local Online Food Store
Relay Foods will be donating 20% of all orders placed with a special TLC code (“SUPPORTTLC”) or through the link relayfoods.com/supporttlc.
Relay Foods came to the Triangle in 2014. Their Local Market Manager, Laura Miller, says that the mission of Relay Foods aligns nicely with TLC’s goal of supporting local food. Relay wants to make it easy for individuals and families to have good (organic, healthy, local) food on their table. They also offer traditional foods as well. The business itself is environmentally minded. “[TLC] seemed like an interesting organization focusing on conservation and local food. We want to help support local farms and businesses,” says Miller.
TLC’s Wilson is excited that Relay has aged to this partnership: “We share some similar-minded customers. I’m glad they reached out… We’re always trying new partnerships,” she said.
Tap Takeover, April 22
The April 22 Tap Takeover will take place at Bottle 501 in Durham. It is a great chance to bring friends or family out to mingle with other TLC supporters. Registrants will get a free tasting of local NC brews. Look for more details to come! A percentage of additional sales from that night will be donated to TLC. The event is free but registration is required.
At the end of the night on April 22nd, the first of two drawings for a pair of tickets will take place. Anyone who donates $30 or more during the month of April – including folks who donate that night – will be included in the drawing. The giveaway on the 22nd will be for the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival . An additional drawing on the 30th will be for tickets to the NC Symphony.
Please stay tuned for more events coming in April – hiking, trail-building opportunities, kids events, a watercolor workshop and more. Information can be found in our most recent newsletter (Spring 2016) or online on our Events page.