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CRWA Membership Benefits
CRWA is the only organization in New England that protects and preserves water health now and in the future. We focus not only on the river that flows above ground, but also on the aquifers that feed our waterways and the vitally important underground system of streams buried by decades of development and aging sewer and wastewater systems. Your contribution will help insure that all water supplies are monitored, that water quality is constantly improved, and that development restores and protects the healthy relationship between land and water.
What makes us unique?
Since our founding over forty-seven years ago, CRWA has led a movement to restore the healthy relationship between water and land. We are the only nonprofit organization that deals with the whole complex of urban, suburban, and rural environments of eastern Massachusetts. Want to swim, fish, boat? Just curious? Only CRWA provides daily information on water quality, online or by phone.
How are we doing?
CRWA gets results! Today Boston has wetlands storing water and preventing floods because we won the fight against building levees. The Zakim Bridge spans the river, instead of a multi-lane highway, because of our visionary advocacy. Our urban restoration specialists are presenting major developers with practical designs and technologies to incorporate in their projects to return clean water to the ground, prevent flooding, and mitigate the "heat island effect" from pavement. As a nonprofit organization, CRWA asks questions and finds answers with no pressure from any political or special interest group.
Who Supports Us?
You! Our membership reflects our mission, spanning every age and demographic in all 35 towns and communities along the 80 miles of the Charles River from Hopkinton to the Boston Harbor. Your unrestricted support fuels our ability to find scientifically sound solutions to river problems while advocating freely on behalf of the river that belongs to all of us as we work with government regulators.
What are the benefits of CRWA membership?
- As a member you'll have opportunities to get involved with a network of environmental advocates. You'll have the satisfaction of helping preserve an urban river, irreplaceable river wildlife and support community wide initiatives to protect water quality and resources. Your voice will be heard through congressional lobbying and grassroots action. Your membership counts!
- Monthly email updates through CRWA's River Current.
- Discounts on CRWA events.
- Invitations to forums, cruises, lectures and parties celebrating CRWA's accomplishments.
- Volunteer opportunities
- Charles River Canoe and Kayak Guide available upon request for a donation of $100 or more.
- Affiliation with one the most respected river protection organizations in America.
- Your contribution goes directly to help CRWA's research and advocacy projects.
Memberships are fully tax deductible. You will receive a letter of thanks to save for tax purposes. Gifts of $100 and more will be listed in our Annual Report.
CRWA Membership Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do you share my name with other groups?
A. CRWA is careful about keeping your personal information secure and private. Occasionally we share a few names that are on our database so that our members are invited to complimentary events, such as the Green Masterpieces Concert. We always secure a list sharing agreement to insure that our members are not solicited by other organizations. If you do not want your name exchanged at all, please call Member Services at 781-788-0007 ext. 200 or email email@example.com and let us know you want your name removed from the any list exchanges. You can also write: CRWA, 190 Park Road, Weston, MA 02493 to request that your name be removed from exchange lists.
Q. I got another renewal notice but I sent in my payment already. What's going on?
A. Usually when this happens it's because our renewal mailing and your payment crossed paths. If you wait to renew your membership until the very end of its term, you can call Member Services at 781-788-0007 ext. 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to check the status of your payment and membership.
Q. What is your gift acknowledgement policy?
A. CRWA is most appreciative of all donations and we send you a thank you letter stating the date of your gift and gift amount within two weeks of receiving your donation. Please keep these letters for your tax records at the end of the year.
However you can help, please know that your support is deeply appreciated!
© 2001 Eric Endlich