Written by VISTA Member Kristen Menger
Ahh, Thanksgiving. Stuffed with potatoes and pies, we counted our blessings and were thankful.
Now we move on to the next joyous holiday! For many, that means Christmas or another gift-giving holiday. What are you going to get for Aunt Ethel? She makes you cookies! With love baked right in! Surely no doo-dad picked at random will do.
The new trendy thing to give is a donation to a charity in her name. (And Aunt Ethel is very trendy.) You could choose one of her pet causes, or introduce her to one you support. Many small or local nonprofits fly under the radar at seasons of giving. Sure, Salvation Army is ringing the bell outside grocery stores, but many organizations are too small to spare the staff or volunteers for that kind of visibility.
Meet Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT). We're a small and local nonprofit working for a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly central Yavapai community. We act as the voice for those who cannot or choose not to drive a car to every destination, whether for health, environmental, or financial reasons. (Aunt Ethel is always concerned about those crazy gas prices.)
Through education and advocacy, PAT has been guiding the Prescott area towards a future with safe and convenient transportation options since 1997. We have brought in millions of grant dollars to fund road improvements, work to build and connect trails and greenways, and have been running the local Safe Routes to School program since 2001. Many of our initiatives do not bring in any funding for PAT itself. Although we delight in service to our community, we too have to pay the bills. (Ugh.)
If you walk or bike to work, school, recreation or shopping, one of the easiest and most efficient methods of making that journey safer and more convenient is to donate to PAT.
I know a few of my loved ones will be "donating" to Prescott Alternative Transportation this year!