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Waltham Land Trust, mayor launch #GivingTuesday

At the request of the Waltham Land Trust, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy has proclaimed Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 as #GivingTuesday – Waltham’s Day of Giving. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the start of the often stressful holiday shopping season, the #GivingTuesday movement inspires residents to take action to improve their communities by giving to local charities and causes.

Waltham News Tribune
Posted Nov. 19, 2014 @ 6:00 am
WALTHAM

At the request of the Waltham Land Trust, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy has proclaimed Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 as #GivingTuesday – Waltham’s Day of Giving. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the start of the often stressful holiday shopping season, the #GivingTuesday movement inspires residents to take action to improve their communities by giving to local charities and causes.

“I, Jeannette A. McCarthy, do hereby proclaim December 2, 2014, as #GivingTuesday in the City of Waltham, and encourage all citizens to join together to give back to the community in any way that is personally meaningful,” reads the official proclamation, dated Oct. 29.

Taking place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving locally. #GivingTuesday also offers a pleasant reminder of the true spirit of the season and provides a healthy balance to both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to the Land Trust.

The Waltham Land Trust (WLT), the community’s primary environmental nonprofit creating a legacy of land conservation in Waltham, brought the idea of proclaiming #GivingTuesday a “Waltham Day of Giving” to the attention of McCarthy and members of the City Council, according to the organization. The WLT is extremely grateful to the city’s leadership for its quick and hearty support for this important local effort.

To join in the fun, excitement and positive vibrations of #GivingTuesday, WLT asks that you consider supporting its work and visit the Land Trust’s website (walthamlandtrust.org) to either make a one-time donation or join the organization as a dues-paying member. On the website, you can also sign up for the WLT email list to be informed of volunteer opportunities and activities for all ages throughout the year.

Your donation will go directly to continuing the successful work of the Waltham Land Trust in open space preservation, environmental education, and outdoor access and recreation, according to the organization.

Now in its 15th year, the WLT has campaigned to save more than 100 acres of open space in Waltham since 1999. With the help of countless volunteers, the Land Trust has constructed and helped to maintain numerous trails in the area, including seven miles of the Western Greenway trail, which passes through Belmont, Lexington and Waltham.

The Land Trust frequently organizes stewardship activities where anyone can help take care of the environment. On Saturday, Nov. 8, it sponsored a cleanup around Hardy Pond and on Saturday, Nov. 22, the WLT will join forces with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to remove trash and excess vegetation along the Mass Central Rail Trail starting at 9:30 a.m. The Land Trust also offers free educational programs for children during school vacation breaks, and hosts several annual events, like the very popular hike up Prospect Hill on New Year’s Day, that get Waltham families outside.

To learn more about the Waltham Land Trust and get involved, visit walthamlandtrust.org, email Sonja or call the WLT office at 781-893-3355


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