This is a fundraiser for Earth Spirit Educational Services, Inc. We are a non-profit, environmental education organization that is focused on reconnecting individuals with the natural world. Earth Spirit has been a staple in the Western New York (Buffalo) region for more 38 years teaching kindness, love, and ecology. More than 25,000 children participate in our programs annually and the numbers are continuing to grow. We’ve starting this fundraiser because our Earth Spirit office, or “the barn” as we call it, was built more than 30 years ago and is in desperate need of repairs and upgrades. Most important for our staff, interns, board members, and volunteers is a bathroom and running water. Aside from the obvious needs for us humans, we have a small collection of reptiles and insects that require daily care which includes fresh water and stimulation. Initial funds raised will be used to dig, purchase and install a water line, a sink for a bathroom, a toilet, and a washtub. Any additional funds will be put towards storage/shelving units, roof repairs, wood rot, windows, a new garage door, and regular maintenance. With the Winter thaw upon us and the optimism towards this fundraising opportunity, we’re hopeful to break ground on this project Spring of 2018. When the barn was originally constructed, it’s purpose was to store program gear for a staff of 2 men; they never imagined the influence they’d have on the community. The office is now the home base for a staff of 4, several interns a semester, more than 10 subcontracted educators, 15 board members, and many volunteers! It’s important to us that we have a cozy meeting space that is equipped with the proper facilities for all to feel comfortable; having a bathroom and running water is a major step in the right direction. No donation is too big or small, every little bit counts. We greatly appreciate your willingness to share with our organization.