From the Director’s Notebook: A Bid for End of Year Giving

News // December 13, 2023

by Ruffian Tittmann

This year, Friends of the Wissahickon has been busy breaking our own personal bests and building momentum towards our biggest milestone to date — our 100th anniversary. Everything has led up to this.

We’ve put the marker a bit further for ourselves for the number of annual volunteer hours, service days, and native plantings. Thank you to our hardworking volunteers for helping us blow our records out of the water this year!

Help FOW kick off our centennial year and make an investment in the future of Wissahickon Valley Park, consider donating to FOW this holiday season!

We know we can always count on you to help us accomplish our goals. As we say farewell to an outstanding year of service, we’re beyond grateful to kick off our 100th year of stewardship (yes, you read that right, 100 years) by rallying support for some exciting programs.

Junior Stewards

This year, our Field Team has launched our Junior Stewards program. They’ve gone directly to the source, providing hands-on training for Philadelphia public high school students. For our Junior Stewards, this internship is an opportunity to get out into the field and apply their previous knowledge to our work, removing invasives, protecting our watershed, sustainable trail building, and more. For FOW, this program is an opportunity to inspire the next generation of stewards.

We had the pleasure of working with three interns this year, Georgia, Jaedyn, and Olivia, who have just finished their Fall semester with FOW. They’re excited to return in the Spring, and with your contribution, we’ll ensure that we’re able to provide them, as well as our next class of interns, with the tools they need to succeed: gear, transportation, and engaging programming.

Little Friends of the Wissahickon

We’re a small staff here at FOW, we don’t see this as a limitation but as an opportunity to partner with awesome organizations to accomplish our goals together.

A huge goal for Friends of the Wissahickon has been to transform the wave of support from the release of our children’s book, Goodnight Wissahickon, to free educational programming for Philadelphia elementary schoolers. Our vision became a reality with the help of Let’s Go Outdoors, a community organization that connects children to the outdoors. We’ve been able to provide in-class visits and field trips to parks across Philadelphia to nearly 2,000 students this year!

This program provides the opportunity for young people to grow in nature and feel comfortable in the great outdoors. With your support, we can continue to unite local Philadelphia students with the beauty in their backyards and foster a lifelong friendship with nature.

Thanks for keeping us in mind this holiday season. Your support means the world to us!

Donate here today.