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

WFM Potrero

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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Community Challenge Grant Submitted!

We are thrilled to announce we submitted our application for the Community Challenge Grant offered by the City and County of San Francisco. Thanks to Starr King Elementary, The Potrero Boosters, Literacy for Environmental Justice, our neighbors and our Board ofCoral Road at Sunset Directors for making this possible. We will find out in December if we will be awarded the grant to remove the concrete Coral Road loop. We are excited to remove the concrete and replace it with a walking path and more native flora plants. We will let you know as soon as we hear!

In the meantime, we are still facing a roughly $6,000 bill from SF DPW to repair the sidewalks adjacent to the open space. And while we would like to continue to invest in meaningful projects to restore and improve the land, such as removal of invasive species and removal of concrete on Coral Road, it will be difficult for us to pay these bills without help from our neighbors and our community.

So how can you help out? Reach out to us at starrkingboard@gmail.com. If you can donate money to help out with our sidewalk repair bills, please send via check or PayPal here: http://starrkingopenspace.org/?page_id=24

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Spring wildflower walks are here!

Wildflower walks happen annually to showcase the great CA native plant diversity that we have on the Open Space. Over the course of the spring, more than 20 gorgeous wildflowers can be found blooming in the Open Space if you know where to look!

Image by Manu Schnetzler

Image by Manu Schnetzler

Meet at Coral loop across from Starr King Elementary. Walks are free, relatively informal, great for families (bring the kids!), and last about an hour.

We have two more walks planned for Spring 2014:
Sunday April 27th, 11am
Sunday June 1st, 11am

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