Special Eagle Scout Project – Funding Help Needed
My name is Quinlan Griffin, I am a sophomore at Redbank Valley High School and a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 403. I am working on my Eagle Project—the Bostonia Spur Water Access Project. Upon successful completion of this project, fishermen and hikers will be able to safely and easily access the Red Bank Creek–without disturbing the natural environment on the north side of the bridge connecting South Bethlehem with the trail near mile 19.4. (Currently, access to the creek is difficult and dangerous to both people and to the ecosystem.)
During the course of my project, I plan to install waterbar style steps (using reclaimed railroad ties) from the trail down to near the creek. I will also add native plant species to assist in erosion control of the hillside. In order to direct people to the steps, I will erect a split rail fence from the bridge to the steps.
I hope to raise approximately $1,500 to help fund some of the costs associated with these tasks. Donations can be made directly to the Redbank Valley Trails Association (RVTA). Please indicate in the special instructions box below or on your donation that the funds are intended to support my Eagle Scout project. Donations are tax deductible, to the extent that the law allows, and any overage after expenses will remain with RVTA. (About $1300 is still needed for this project as we approach the Day of Giving.)
RVTA Funding Needs: We will be participating in the third annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving on May 9, 2019. Donations will help with trail maintenance including helping us finish the Sligo Spur, fund portojohns and refresh crushed limestone along the main trail, among other needs. If you donate online, the only administrative fee is through PayPal (2.2% + .30) so most of your donation is put to use to improve and maintain the trail. Donations by check have no administrative fees. Please see below for more details and giving opportunities to help us reach or exceed our goal. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Looking for a unique gift? How about naming a shelter ($7500), a small bridge ($5000), bench ($250 or $500), or picnic table ($600) in honor or memory of a special someone? Would the hard-to-buy-for person who has everything appreciate an annual or lifetime trail membership? Trail memberships qualify for any matching donation.
Donations can be made on or before midnight on the Day of the Giving on this website via PayPal or by mailing or delivering a check to RVTA at Northwest Savings Bank, 301 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, PA 16242. If using PayPal please consider adding 2.2% plus $.30 to your intended donation to cover the PayPal fee.
For your convenience, donations can also be delivered on or before the Day of Giving to other donation locations participating in the annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving: Redbank Valley Community Center, or Redbank Valley Public Library in New Bethlehem by their closing hours or to First Commonwealth Bank at 223 Main Street in Brookville, PA 15825 by 5 PM. Every donation is appreciated!
As we continue to improve the trail our needs remain great: we need to refresh crushed limestone on several miles of the main trail, add 3 more miles of crushed limestone on the Sligo Spur after grubbing, grading and drainage work. We need fuel for equipment and materials and the need for maintenance equipment and fuel is constant. For more information, please see the flyer on the Sligo Spur improvement project. Sligo Spur Improvements
We also have established a fund for ongoing maintenance and emergency repairs as well as a long term maintenance fund. Donations and bequests are welcomed as volunteers need funding to improve and maintain the trail.
RVTA is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent the law allows. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Material, equipment donations and services are also gratefully accepted along with historical information of sites along the trail. We’d like to add more historic markers, signage and improve parking areas. Monetary donations may be sent to Redbank Valley Trails Association, c/o 301 Broad St., New Bethlehem, PA 16242 or via PayPal at any time during the year. RVTA participates in the Redbank Valley Day of Giving each year in May and usually has a December challenge thanks to an anonymous donor who offers matching funds. Thanks for your support!