A right to know

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - OPINION - Right — Joseph Pau­rel/Vallejo

An open let­ter to the Vallejo City Coun­cil:

I have been a res­i­dent and cit­i­zen of this com­mu­nity since 1981. As a cit­i­zen I be­lieve it is my to be given full fac­tual dis­clo­sure as to the sit­u­a­tion as it per­tains to the Mare Is­land Pre­serve, pre­vi­ously op­er­ated by Myrna Hayes. Please re­ply to this re­quest with all the avail­able in­for­ma­tion.

Giv­ing Tues­day

On Tues­day, Dec. 3, ev­ery Solano County res­i­dent will have an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port a num­ber of lo­cal non­prof­its by log­ging on to www. GiveLo­calSolano.org.

Give Lo­cal Solano is a 24hour, on­line giv­ing event or­ga­nized by the Solano Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion to sup­port non­prof­its and help build a cul­ture of philanthro­py in Solano County. Give Lo­cal Solano (“GLS”) is held on the first Tues­day fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing Day. This year, that day falls on Dec. 3 from 12:01 a.m. through mid­night.

GLS is held in con­junc­tion with #Giv­ing Tues­day, the global day of giv­ing.

Any­one can make a do­na­tion to a reg­is­tered non­profit on the www.GiveLo­calSolano. org web­site. You do not have to live in Solano County to do­nate, but all the par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its are lo­cated in and pro­vid­ing ser­vices to Solano County res­i­dents. The web­site is pretty ex­cit­ing! There are cat­e­gories for giv­ing, such as “An­i­mals and Wildlife,” “Arts and Cul­ture,” “The En­vi­ron­ment,” “Hous­ing and Home­less­ness,” among many oth­ers. Par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its have a do­na­tion (pro­file) page where you can choose the amount you want to do­nate and fill in the do­na­tion form. Of course, you can do­nate to as many “an­gels” as you want and give what­ever you want, and it is 100 per­cent tax-de­ductible since it is a char­i­ta­ble gift.

As for me, my cat­e­gory for do­na­tion will be “The En­vi­ron­ment,” which of­fers choices of three non­prof­its: The Beni­cia Tree Foun­da­tion, the Solano Land Trust and Sus­tain­able Solano. I will choose Beni­cia Tree Foun­da­tion, as I live in Beni­cia and love trees and green­ing the town!

Re­gard­less of what you choose, this is such a great op­por­tu­nity to build a stronger and bet­ter com­mu­nity and en­hance the qual­ity of life through good non­prof­its that make deep and last­ing im­pacts. Don’t for­get to mark your cal­en­dars for Giv­ing Tues­day, Dec. 3, and have fun be­ing a phi­lan­thropist to one (or more) ex­cel­lent non­prof­its do­ing work in our own town and county.

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