This CHAgives, Help Us get Back On the Road
CHAgives is on November 27, and we’re so excited to be participating in Chattanooga’s hub for this global day of giving! This year, we’re asking for our community’s support in purchasing a new outreach vehicle, so we can continue to reconnect Chattanoogans to nature - wherever they are!
What happened to our old vehicle?
Goodbye to the Box, our trusty Honda Element. From hauling plants to road trips with red wolves and owls, the Box has been our outreach vehicle for a number of years and served us well. Unfortunately, after it was rear ended and totaled (don’t worry - we’re ok!), the Element can no longer safely transport our wildlife, plants, and staff around Chattanooga.As a short-term solution, we’ve leased a stow-and-go minivan. Turns out, it’s the perfect vehicle for our team and has in many ways been even better for the tasks at hand. Provided we’re able to raise the $20K we need, a stow-and-go is what we’ll be purchasing.
We Can't Do It Without You
With a new outreach vehicle, we can continue to extend our outreach to rural schools, assisted living facilities, and other people who need nature but can’t make it to us. We can attend community festivals, make news appearances with our animal ambassadors, and pick up dozens of azaleas for the next native plant sale. And if that’s not enough excitement for one stow-and-go, we’ll also use it to transfer our critically endangered red wolves for the captive breeding program/Species Survival Plan.
During this past year of transformation, we’ve weathered many unexpected setbacks. On each of these occasions, such as the Welcome Center flood which forced a game-changing renovation, we’ve learned, adapted, and grown stronger as a result. Though $20K is no small mountain to climb, we’re confident that with the support of our community, we can overcome this challenge together.
Let’s work together to make this happen.
3 Additional Ways To Help
- Show us a sign. We love Reflection Riding. Show Chattanoogans you do too by downloading and filling out an "I Support" sign, taking an #unselfie of you with yours, and posting it on Instagram or Facebook. Make sure to tag us and use the hashtags #CHAgives and #WheelsForWildlife.
- Celebrate With Us. Kick off Giving Tuesday with us at the CHAgives Breakfast, November 27 from 8-10am. We'll fuel up, then let you know how to help where it's needed most on the big day! Make sure to RSVP through Eventbrite so we know you're coming!
- Celebrate with us... again! After breakfast, stop by the Giving Tuesday Pop-Up Party at Miller Plaza, where we'll be celebrating CHAgives alongside other local nonprofits and encouraging attendees to give where they live. In addition to donations towards our outreach vehicle fund, we'll be collecting rolls of eco-friendly paper towels.
Other Ways to Give
If you want to support us by giving IRA minimum required distributions, used vehicles, highly appreciated stock, planned giving and estate gifts, or real estate, send us an email and we'll make it happen!