DECEMBER 2019 Fundraising Challenge
We are trying to raise $20,000 this December to help with the Mile 19 disaster, refreshing limestone where it has worn thin and other improvements and ongoing drainage, tree and other maintenance. Thanks to a generous donor the first $5000 in donations will be matched during December through midnight on December 31, 2019. Membership renewals, memorial and general donations all count toward the match. Perhaps consider the unique Christmas gift of donating to RVTA in someone’s honor or memory. Scroll down to donate please.
Mile 19 Flash Flood Disaster Funding Help Needed
Just weeks from finishing all surfacing on 51 miles of trail, we suffered a devastating flash flood with 5.5 inches of rain in 45 minutes that destroyed a 15-foot wide stone arch bridge built in 1871 by the Allegheny Valley Rail Road over Long Run. It created a 40-foot gap in the trail. The Board is working hard to find a temporary and permanent solution. The only crossing right now is on rocks through a stream when the water is low or a 3.3 mile bypass on local roads. The Board is working hard to find a temporary solution by next Spring and a permanent solution, but we will need the public’s help to fix this gap. Current estimates are over $100,000.00 to include engineering, materials, DEP permits and labor. This gap between New Bethlehem and the Climax Tunnel is affecting other fundraising groups, local residents and many visitors to our area B&Bs and restaurants. The Climax Tunnel project was the first of DCNR’s top 10 trail gaps to be filled in August 2018 and now this gap is only 2 miles from the tunnel. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at Northwest Savings Bank in New Bethlehem, mailed to the RVTA at 301 Broad Street, New Bethlehem or made via Pay Pal on our website. If using PayPal please consider adding 2.2% plus $.30 to your intended donation to cover the PayPal fee. Those who donate $5000 or more will have their name included on an historic marker on the new bridge after it is installed. The rest of the 42-mile main trail and the recently finished 9-mile Sligo Spur remain open.
RVTA Funding Needs: We will be participating in the fourth annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving on May 7, 2020. Donations will help with trail maintenance including helping us fund portojohns, improve drainage 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 which renew in January 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 Bank, 301 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, PA 16242.
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!
Aside from the mile 19 disaster, as we continue to improve the trail our needs remain great: we need to refresh crushed limestone on several miles of the main trail, remove fallen trees, mow and manage vegetation, knotweed and other invasive species, and maintain and repair drainage culverts. We need fuel for equipment and materials. The need for maintenance equipment and fuel is constant. For more information, please see the flyer on funding needs.
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 has a December challenge to raise funds for ongoing needs. Thanks for your support!