First of all, I’d like to wish you, your friends, family and colleagues Happy Holidays! We have much to be thankful for this year, and to those who have given so much back to our communities around the country – especially Tourism Cares. Because of your past support, Tourism Cares been able to reach some incredible milestones this year-since the formation of Tourism Cares They have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, organized more than 3,600 volunteers in give-back projects and awarded 180 grantees around the world with much-needed funding.
I’m reaching out today with a special request for your support in helping Tourism Cares‘ year-end campaign to help them achieve the best year yet-2013. Below are the Top 10 reasons to give a personal, charitable gift to Tourism Cares by December 31, 2012.
#1 Sarah Andrews and other hundreds of potential interns working with Tourism Cares to create a foothold in our industry through InternInTourism.org.
#2 Coney Island in New York City that needs our volunteers to help paint playground benches, light posts, water fountains and trash receptacles to preserve the travel experience for future visitors.
#3 Helping historic sites such as Honduras for Ancient Ruins of Copan who need their assistance for educational and capital projects.
#4 Laurie Gray and other many other young professionals who utilize Tourism Cares‘ student mentoring program to benefit such as building a business contact base, learning best practices and securing employment.
#5 Jamaica Bay in New York City that needs Tourism cares to orchestrate volunteers to participate in dune preservation and beach clean-up project at Fort Tilden Beach.
#6 Global Outreach to Peru to provide the Tourism Cares model of volunteering, grants and educational initiatives to spread the mission of preserving the travel experience for the future worldwide.
#7 Norman Rockwell Museum and other cultural sites that request funding each year for a variety of projects in order to sustain themselves for future visitors.
#8 Samantha Hogenson and other students like her who require scholarships to continue their undergraduate and graduate degrees in travel, tourism and hospitality.
#9 Plimoth Plantation that need Tourism Cares to organize volunteers to restore the palisade around the village, clear brush, remove invasive plants, rebuild stairs, and paint interior buildings as well as the replica Mayflower II.
#10 Natural sites like Glacier National Park that apply to Tourism Cares each year for funding assistance to preserve the beauty we enjoy today for the future.
Whether your gift is $10, $100, $1,000 or more it will directly benefit treasured sites in need. It’s easy. Just go to Tourism Cares’ website at www.tourismcares.org/donate to contribute your donation today.
Thank you very much! Again, Happy Holidays to you, your friends and family, and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!