Join Our Board, Make a Difference

We will have three (3) new board seats open in 2015. Elections are held on Monday May 18th during our Stewards on March 2012Annual Meeting at Starr King Elementary, if you are a Potrero Hill resident and would like to help preserve our neighborhood jewel, please consider running for our board. You can apply online. If you have any questions about what this commitment means, feel free to email us at starrkingboard@gmail.com.

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Making the Invisible, Visible

We are pleased to announce that our local Potrero campus of the California College of the Arts (CCA) is using a course to broaden the Potrero Hill community’s engagement with CCA LogoStarr King Open Space.

From Chris Treggiari (CCA):

The class making the Invisible Visible is interested in utilizing art, design, and community engagement techniques, as a means to explore the vitality and importance of Starr King Open Space within the local Potrero community. Through field trips, various discussions with members of the SKOS board, and local outreach to residents who use the space, the class strives to create creative place making solutions that can be utilized to create unique experiences and diverse community connections within and around the space. Over the course of the semester the students will work collaboratively in groups to flesh out and activate these projects that will culminate in a Starr King Open Space community day in the beginning of May.

We are grateful to CCA for this opportunity and are looking forward to seeing what the class comes up with for a community day in May!

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Shop at Whole Foods Market Potrero and Support SKOS!

We are thrilled to announce that we were selected as one of Whole Foods Market Potrero’s

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Whole Foods Market Potrero

Nickels for Non-Profits recipients for Q1 2015. Just bring your reusable bag to Whole Foods Market Potrero between January 19th-April 12th and elect to donate your bag credit to worthy local non-profits, including SKOS.

Here is how Whole Foods Market describes the program:

“At Whole Foods Market, we strive to serve and support our local communities. In fact, it’s one of our core values – everyday missions that drive our business practices. Each store selects up to three local non-profit organizations every quarter to partner with on our Nickels for Non-Profits program. For every reusable bag our customers bring in when they shop, they have the option of receiving a five cent credit or they can donate it to the Nickels for Non-Profits recipient. At the end of the quarter, all the bag refunds are added up and donated to our community partners!”

We hope that you will support your neighborhood open space by donating when you bring your reusable bag to shop at WFM Potrero from now until April 12th.

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Update on Fundraising: We are close to our goal!

We would like to thank everyone who donated during our fundraising drive last month. SKOS-thermometer_foopurpledotcomDue to your generosity and commitment to protecting our neighborhood open space, since December 1st we have been able to raise approximately $5,200 towards our $6,000 goal to help offset our sidewalk repair bill from SF DPW. If you are still interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal, you may do so here.

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Your donations help protect our neighborhood

Dear Neighbors,Starr King Open Space

The Starr King Open Space Board of Directors is reaching out to ask for your help to protect and support our treasured neighborhood open space by making a tax deductible donation.

Starr King Open Space and the 501(c)3 organization that manages it survive solely on donations and grants. With these funds, the Board is able to keep the open space safe, clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

Unfortunately, this year our treasury was depleted significantly when the open space received a bill for $6,000 to repair the sidewalks on Carolina and 23rd Streets. In addition to the repair bill, we are required to maintain insurance which costs an additional $1,700 per year. As such, your contribution this year is more critical than ever. With your support, here are some of the great things we’ve been able to accomplish in 2014:

  • We planted over 500 new purple needlegrass seedlings (our California state grass) in three different locations across the open space
  • We submitted an application to the city and county of SF for a Community Challenge Grant to remove the concrete Coral Road loop
  • We submitted an application for consideration as an eligible non-profit for UCSF’s green parking fund
  • We created four brand new rustic benches from wood reclaimed from a felled tree adjacent to the open space
  • We hosted another year of Spring Wildflower Walks attended by neighbors from all over Potrero Hill

Whether you walk your dog on Starr King Open Space, enjoy the sunsets, or just appreciate the value of wild open space, you understand we can’t afford to lose this neighborhood treasure.

Please do your part to help protect the open space and consider donating today. You can donate using PayPal or credit card using the link on the right or you can send a check to our PO box. Our SKOS Tax ID # is 942967564.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Starr King Open Space Board of Directors

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