"CHARTING A NEW COURSE"
President's Message: Charting a New Course!
Approaching Thanksgiving, our hearts turn to gratitude and treating others with kindness. During December, we are given many opportunities to give back to our community through donations to community organizations, service charities, sponsoring children for Christmas gifts, and on and on. Many religions celebrate significant days in December – from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa and others I’m sure I’m not aware of! All emphasize the importance of supporting our community through our service, support, and giving financially.
December is traditionally the month that Coastal Women’s Forum allows the President to present her charity for the year and request donations to show our support as an organization. In the October newsletter, I introduced you to Sound Rivers. Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. They unite with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina. They do this through water protection, community engagement, and pollution reduction. Their mission statement is to monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina, and to preserve the health and beauty of the river basin through environmental justice.
There are many ways we can support them – monetary gifts, volunteering, participating in a river clean-up, and promoting them through your social media. I’m excited to hear from Corinne Belch, Director of Development and Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, at our December meetings, where they will educate us on their work and how we can become involved in keeping the beautiful Neuse River healthy and flourishing for years to come.
There is a link under President’s Charity on our website where you may read more about Sound Rivers and how to donate. If you wish, you may bring your checks and cash to the December meetings and donate directly there. Make your check payable to Sound Rivers.
Thank you for all you do in supporting our community.
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