Donations made this renovation to the Wetlands boardwalk possible:
Go to this link to make a donation:
Record Yes to this Meetup only after you have completed the process of making a donation and if want others to be aware you donated. Alternatively, your donation can remain anonymous if you prefer by not including your name in the "RSVP" listing.
James River Hikers has thus far functioned as a “money-free zone” meaning that we do not charge for our events, and we do not normally engage in fund-raising.
That is going to change somewhat with this announcement.
Our current and expanding involvement with the City of Richmond’s James River Park System volunteering to paint, stain, repair and build trail bridges, paint over graffiti and restore historical sites like Washington’s Arch cost money that the city does not have and does not budget for.
Like it or not, the reality is that the James River Park as it exists today with its trails and supporting structures was put together primarily by volunteers and philanthropists.
The money for the materials for the work we have done including Chapel Island trail building, painting and staining 100+ wooden structures and building the Texas Beach walkway all came from personal donations, and in the case of the paint and stain from fund-raising activities by other groups who support the James River Park.
Following my meeting, consulting and debating with every relevant party to this process, I have concluded the following system is appropriate for James River Hikers.
The first thing to understand is there is no requirement that you give any of your money for anything.
The next thing to understand is that if our own membership does not contribute money, then the part of what we do that includes maintaining and building bridges, painting over graffiti, painting and staining the park’s wooden structures and creating anything to enhance Washington’s Arch and similar projects will not happen.
We are fortunate to have one of our own members who personally funded the Texas Beach walkway materials and made an additional contribution to keep us in business in the short term. I trust you will agree however, that it is neither reasonable nor fair for one person to fund all our volunteer activities.
Therefore, I am establishing a process and a fund to be exclusively for the benefit of volunteer projects by James River Hikers.
Features and details of the program:
- Donations are tax deductible if you itemize deductions.
- Expenditures will be exclusively for James River Hikers projects, and our fund will be managed by enrichmond foundation.
- Donations can be made by check, credit card, PayPal or over-the-phone charge. Donation procedure details are here:
enrichmond foundation, 100 North 17th Street, Richmond, VA[masked]-0954.
- When making donations, ensure it is identified for the fund titled “Donate to James River Hikers.”
- Only three individuals, Michael Burton, James River Park System Trails Manager. Andrew Alli, also of the Park Trail staff and Dennis Bussey, Founder of James River Hikers, will have authority to draw money from the account for reimbursement of monies spent on projects authorized by James River Parks. Each will require a second signature before withdrawing.
- At least quarterly, a report of funds on hand, funds spent, projects completed and number of donors will be posted on the Meetup site.
- Unless they inform a preference to remain anonymous, donors will be recognized in the quarterly update.
On Jan. 23, 2015 the James River Hiker account had $492.
What can be done with your donation? In addition to the Wetlands boardwalk renovation pictured above, here are two more examples:
The materials for this bridge we built Dec. 18, 2014 cost $70.
A gallon of paint to cover this graffiti on seven panels like this cost $27.
I assure all the money will be used for the intended purpose frugally, judiciously and professionally.
No donation is too small, and all donations will be received with much gratitude. Donations of $100 or more will receive a letter of appreciation.
Many of you James River Hikers have personally labored on the trails contributing to our substantial achievements in giving back to the community. Many more of you would have if your schedules had permitted.
This initiative is an opportunity, regardless of your schedule, to make a difference.
One final thought. Up until now, the only money related issues encouraged were membership in “Friends of James River Park” and also purchase of a James River Park System license plate through DVM. These were featured by highlighting this Meetup titled, “Support James River Park.”
Both of these continue to be worthy contributions. The difference however is that funds they garner go to a general fund from which many can draw, but the “James River Hiker” fund is exclusively for our activities.
The “Support James River Park” Meetup, while no longer highlighted, will continue to be posted and located chronologically at the end of the calendar year.
I welcome your questions and comments and request you direct them to me personally at [masked] or[masked]-4943.
Lived in Richmond area most of my adult life. Recently retired with more free time.
Hi! I'm Melissa and I look forward to making friends on the trails this year.
Love RVA, and all it has to offer!
I enjoy the outdoors and fellowship. Professionally, I develop websites.
Hello. Looking forward to hiking and making new friends.
Hey, Hikers! I'm Yvonne.
I really enjoy walking, birding and being in nature.Makes my heart sing.
Recently retired (June 1, 2013). Love the outdoors. Amateur photoguy.
Love the Great Outdoors and gettin' movin'!
Looking forward to the activities within this group and meeting new people!
I'm adventurous and love the outdoors. This group is a lot of fun!
I have been told to take a hike on occasion!
I enjoy meeting people and scenic hikes.
Let's Go! I am ready...
Hiker, dog owner, mt biker, Packer fan
Can't wait to join all of you on walk/tour.
Native Richmonder and History buff.
enjoy anything outdoors and meeting new friends
Hello! Ready to venture!
Originally from Indiana. I have been in Richmond for 4 years.
I enjoy getting outside and exploring different areas.
Native Richmonder looking to explore local outdoor activities.
I enjoy the outdoors.
12 years living in Mechanicsville, Va. Born and raised abroad, a.k.a Allien
Hi, my name is Nickie and I am new to hiking. I enjoy trying new activities whenever possible.