By TAYLOR HARTZ
For two days last week the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) participated in the “Great Give,” a 36-hour, community-wide donation event. The Meriden-based organization raised over $2,000 for conservation of the Quinnipiac River.
The Great Give is a fundraiser inspired by Give Local America’s Day of Giving. The online event is hosted by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH).
CFGNH serves as a database for donors who seek to make contributions to non-profit organizations. Its membership includes non-profits that service communities in Greater New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
This year’s event was held on May 3-4, drawing dozens of donations for the group. The event raised the largest amount to date, bringing in nearly $1.4 million. In total, 8,130 donors made over 11,600 donations, and $190, 000 in matching funds were provided by CFGNH, the Valley Community Foundation, Alexion Pharmacueticals, and Liberty Bank Foundation.
The QRWA received 42 donations, totaling $2,315.
“All the donations go directly to our educational programs and our operations,” said QRWA board member Anna Nuemon.
The QRWA partners with three local high schools, and is working on programs with fifth grade students. Their full calendar includes classes on water quality, environmental studies, and canoeing and kayaking courses.
“We have accomplished so much in the past few years as an all-volunteer-run organization,” said Neumon in a social media post on May 3.
The Great Give hopes to increase the number of donations to local nonprofits and increase visibility of organizations such as the QRWA.
The website accepts donations for non-profits in eight categories, including animal care, arts and culture, economic success, and environmental protection.
Although grateful for the funds raised, Neumon said she hopes more people will support the QRWA in the future.
“Fundraising can be both rewarding and frustrating,” said Nuemon. “We had a low response from our membership.”
The board hopes community members will visit www.qrwa.org and www.facebook.com/qrwa540 to learn more about opportunities to become involved in the association, and participate in events.
The association will be hosting its 36th annual Quinnipiac Downriver Classic Canoe and Kayak Race on May 15. The race is open to kayaks and canoeists of all levels and ages.
The race takes place along a five-mile course through Cheshire and Meriden and a free cookout will follow the race. Registration is $18 per person and begins at 9a.m. at the Department of Transportation parking lot on Route 322, located on the Cheshire and Southington town line.
Boats are available for free, but must be reserved by calling (860) 754-8702 or emailing email@example.com.