Keep the Lights On

Keep the Lights On

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img_0707Keeping the Lights On:  A Letter of Hope

The Althouse Arboretum is a natural gem located in our community.  It has been created by a partnership between Upper Pottsgrove Township and the nonprofit GreenAllies. What you may not realize is that all the trails, plantings, additions and programs are ALL created, run and paid for by GreenAllies, a 501c3 non-profit. Over the first 3 years in existence you’ve seen a lot happen at the Arboretum.

  1. A once vacant lot has been cleaned and clear to provide over 2 miles of trails
  2. A pavilion was created for public use
  3. Classroom spaces and special features constructed. Even started the addition of a Children’s Forest Trail, made just for small children, and a Low Ropes Course for team building
  4. Sponsored over 25 free and low-cost public programs this past year with over 1,000 community adult and children participants.
  5. And much, much more for residents in the region.

GreenAllies is supported by individual contributions and grants. Grants, when they are obtained, only cover materials and contract work. They do not cover day to day operating expenses. Some of our programs pay a small part, but our focus has been in keeping the prices low, or free, so all can participate. That means we count on – YOU to keep the lights on.  Below is an idea of our monthly expenses. We keep them as modest as possible but there are some expenses in any endeavor and of course, more money means more possibilities for realizing many of our ideas. And we do have ideas!!  Soon our offices and community center will be done and open for you to enjoy.

Monthly Budget:

Electricity:                             $70

Utilities:                                 $90

Insurance                            $295

Office Supplies                     $55

Program Supplies:              $80

Property Maintenance:     $100

TOTAL:  $690 / month    This is just to “keep the lights on” and does not reflect funds for staffing or other expenses incurred while trying to support the programs and activities on the property.

If you’ve enjoyed walking through the Arboretum, participated in one of our programs, seen the growth of the land and gardens, then help us continue to grow.  If you want to be a part of encouraging the budding leadership in our local students who get the opportunity to plan and carry out successful programs and projects, consider supporting us with a monthly gift. Your gift of $10, $25, $50 or more a month could go a long way towards allowing us to focus on what we do best, which is enriching the community with learning, leadership, and fun, rather than scrounging for money. $10 a month is just $120 a year, yet if 100 people made this commitment it would raise $12,000 a year. 100 at $25 would be $25,000 a year, a big help.