Day 1 featured 2011 good news stories from three Care2 Causes topics: Animals, Civil Rights and Education. I’m posting these in alphabetical order so the next three topics are Environment, Food and Global Development.
The first is a tribute to you, Care2′s intrepid community.
Seven bike-loving citizens of Derry, New Hampshire dreamed of converting an abandoned rail corridor into a recreational trail. As usual, what they lacked were the dollars to make it happen.
They approached Town Council, who liked the idea. However, they were reluctant to spend public funds on something “focused on the special interests of a group of bicycle enthusiasts.”
The volunteers were convinced the trail had a lot of public support. They decided to take a petition door to door. Then they learned about Care2 and the online petition site. Thanks to the support gathered there, Derry’s Town Council contributed $225,000. That encouraged the volunteers, who raised another $150,000 for the first phase.
With the support of a neighboring town, the project received a grant of $1.2 million to construct the trail between Derry and Windham. The kick start from Care2′s petition site led to a success worth celebrating.
Read more: 2011 SVN Innovation Award, africa, bike trail, care2, community, fast food, global development, healthy food, Katherine Lucey, new hampshire, petition, real food, restaurant chain, restoration, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, social venture network, solar energy, solar power, Solar Sister, success story, SVN, transportation, uganda
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