Would you like to play an important role in helping shape the next generation of scientists and earth stewards? A special occasion has presented itself - the opportunity to purchase the former residence of our founder, Arthur Watres, and transform it into Lacawac’s New Environmental STEM Center.
A generous benefactor and friend of Lacawac has offered a limited-time Matching Challenge gift. The plan is simple: If friends and members of Lacwac can raise $25,000 between now and July 1st – the benefactor will match our fundraising efforts in full.
Why do we need an Environmental STEM Center?
For more than 50 years Lacawac Sanctuary has inspired a love for nature and ecology among families, researchers, and students throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Nearly half a century of footprints on the trails and the natural evolution of our diverse ecosystems have created a critical need to revitalize and expand the aging facilities and to preserve our forests, wetlands and other natural areas for future generations. Many of our outreach programs connect underserved populations to nature by partnering with agencies where low income, diverse students are already engaged.
Lacawac is currently the only environmental education center Wayne County. The majority of children we serve come from schools where over 50-75% qualifies for a free or reduced lunch program. The opportunities provided by Lacawac are likely to be the only affordable opportunities for experiential, environmental education for the vast majority of the children served.Lacawac’s new center will anchor all of the work we have been doing for the last 50 years. The Environmental STEM Center will be permanent, accessible and conducive to train the next generation of scientists, conserve our natural resources and preserve our history.
The Matching Gift Challenge from our generous friend and supporter is a 1:1 challenge would provide Lacawac with $50,000 towards the purchase of the Watres Property valued at $220,000 Lacawac’s growth and transformation for half a century is in large part due to the generous support of our loyal, faithful supporters. With your help, we continue to accomplish our mission.
With your support, we can make this Challenge Grant a reality, thus ensuring Lacawac’s sustainability. Lacawac Sanctuary is non-profit tax-exempt organization. All of your contributions are tax deductible and serve the important purpose of helping us shape the next generation of earth stewards.
Even if you cannot make your contribution now, will you make a pledge for a year-end donation? We gratefully accept donations of any amount. Please remember that you do not have to send us the full amount today. You might consider making your contributions in installments throughout the remainder of this year. The matching pledge offer will expire on June 30, 2017.
For inquiries regarding the Matching Challenge contact us at 570.689.9494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.