Dear Sea Island Coalition Supporter –
First of all, thanks to the 150 of you who turned out for the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) meeting on Whitehall Oct. 16. It’s not over, and as we demonstrated, developers, public officials, and planners sit up and take notice when Council Chambers are filled with those who have to live with the results of development decisions.
Since the Coalition was formed 18 months ago, we’ve been the only consistent voice for smart development on Lady’s Island, St. Helena and for those who live and work along the Sea Island Parkway. Our only agenda is to advocate for successful and sustainable development that retains the look, feel and livability of the Sea Island Corridor. WHHI-TV recently interviewed the Coalition’s Chairman, and if you’d like to know more about what we have done and are doing, click here to see the interview.
My real reason for writing is to ask for your help.
So far, funding for the Coalition has come entirely from its leadership group, some 20 people who contribute their time and some of their money to ensure the Coalition is effective. But we can’t forever rely on the same 20 people. Fortunately, there are 850 of you out there who have been watching what the Coalition is doing, or showing up at meetings to voice your support.
Our needs are not substantial, but it does cost money to host public meetings, pay legal fees, produce literature, cover the cost of mailings, and keep our website and social media facilities running. Our labor is all-volunteer, but it cost $400 just to get the IRS to certify the Coalition as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization!
So if you believe that what the Coalition is doing should continue, we’d like to ask that you make a contribution to ensure it can.
It’s easy to do, and entirely tax-deductible. Simply click here, go to our website and click on the “Contribute” button. You can contribute any amount using your credit or debit card, or your PayPal account.
And don’t stop there. Please forward this e-mail to friends and neighbors, who also have a stake in what happens along the Parkway. Ask them to follow your lead and contribute so the Coalition can continue its important work.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your support so far. When 400 of you show up at Lady’s Island Elementary to talk planning for Lady’s Island or fill County Council Chambers to urge stronger tree protections, it makes a difference.
In the end, we’re in this thing together. We’ll appreciate whatever you can do to help.
Mary T. Somerville