If you are looking for a way to give back to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and stay connected to its gateway communities during “Safer at Home,” donate during #GivingTuesdayNOW.
Friends of the Apostle Islands asks your help in funding the supplies and materials needed to keep the park operating safely this summer and in so doing, supporting the gateway communities of the Bayfield Peninsula.
#GivingTuesdayNow, Tuesday May 5th
Designed as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Non-profits around the world are joining forces to help fight this virus and its impacts on our lives. The movement provides opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.
These are unusual times. Don’t lose sight of a destination despite the fog. The Apostle Islands are still here, a bit ragged from heavy winter storms. Park rangers are doing everything they can with limited resources and fewer seasonal staff to keep the park operating and visitors safe this summer. That means everyone — local businesses, marinas and the National Park Service — working together to assure visitors that guidelines are in place, precautions are being taken and you can still access and enjoy this crown jewel of Wisconsin.
How You Can Help
When you give to the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on or after May 5th, your GivingTuesdayNOW donation will help buy the supplies and fund the public health awareness efforts needed to help keep visitors and staff safe. Needed are cleaning supplies for remote vault toilets, touch-free thermometers, surface disinfectants, particulate respirators, re-useable face masks, sandwich boards, signs and educational materials.
Emergency personnel will need new supplies and equipment to help protect themselves from the novel coronavirus. Signage encouraging social distancing and cleanliness will need to be designed and installed on all docks, staircases, trail heads, and vault toilets.
“Modifying park operations to incorporate social distancing and CDC guidelines for staff and visitor safety is crucial to keeping the park operating in ways that supports our local community’s health and economy, “said Erica Peterson, president of the park’s volunteer non-profit “Friends” group.
Despite the ramifications of COVID-19, this is still the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and a recognition of all the things that make the beautiful lakeshore worth protecting. Help us care for the park, enhance the visitor experience, and show how you care. Every act of generosity counts towards the whole.
We thank you in advance for your donation. And when you do visit the park, we thank you in advance for using social distancing and other CDC guidance to protect yourself and others. We are all in this together.