We may not have been clear enough about why getting 1,000 people to join in this event is very important. Obviously, with the matching fund, it would mean a lot of money: $40,000, which is more than we've ever received in a single month. But perhaps an even bigger reason is that the foundations and government agencies that we need to go to next year for the last part of our funding want to hear that the community we represent is behind this project. They don't want to hear that 100 people are very enthusiastic about it: they want to hear that the majority of people in Point Roberts are supportive. After all, if WE don't support it, why should they?
By focusing on giving $20, the fundraising committee wanted to find an amount that would be easy for almost everybody to contribute: if it was the only contribution that they made to the library, it would be an actual contribution and it would have their name attached to it in the donation book...Which would be a way of documenting the extent of community support.
Right now, May 13, only 65 people have made a contribution. We are very grateful to every one of them but it is a long way from 1,000. So, if you haven't been counted, we hope you will seriously consider making the effort to go to the library or to Sterling Bank in the next few weeks and making this $20 contribution so we know and the people/institutions/agencies who can help us most in raising very large donations at the end of this fundraising will know that Point Roberts supports a new library for all of us, for our children, and for all those who will come after us. A library isn't a luxury: it's essential. Maybe not for every individual, but for your friends, your neighbors, the children who live here. For the people who make Point Roberts what it is. And what it is is the place that we have all chosen to live.
Thanks. From The Friends of the Point Roberts Library
(If you want to contribute and your not down here on the Point this month, please mail a check for $20, made out to FOPRL. Our address is FOPRL, P.O. Box 970, P.R., WA 98281. We'll arrange for you to pick up a button later when you are here.)