A special message from the desk of the Executive Director:

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Dear Save the Dunes Members & Supporters,

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. As we all know, the COVID-19 crisis is quickly evolving and we are all making sacrifices for the health and welfare of our communities. Regretfully, in response to this crisis, we’ve decided to cancel this year's Jammin’ with Save the Dunes event scheduled for June 6, 2020. Many of you support this event through sponsorship, ticket sales, volunteerism, and in-kind donations. We are deeply appreciative of your support and are saddened that we will not have the opportunity to come together for the event at this time.

Over the last week, we have reached out to our sponsors notifying them of the cancellation and have been met with many positive and supportive responses affirming their commitment to Save the Dunes. As we want to fully honor our sponsors’ contributions, you will notice in upcoming communications a new Corporate Partners section highlighting these businesses. Please join us in thanking these businesses for their unwavering support. 

Despite the current situation, Save the Dunes continues to hold fast to our mission to preserve, protect, and restore the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan, and to enhance the health and vitality of our region, for people and nature. Now more than ever, people are turning to nature to decompress, get exercise and re-center themselves during this stressful time. It is clear - our health and vitality are inextricably connected to nature.  

As a community organization, we stand in solidarity with those affected by COVID-19. Over the next few weeks Save the Dunes will be calling attention to how we can all support businesses, people, non-profit organizations that are on the front lines and experiencing the full brunt of COVID-19. We do this to demonstrate our solidarity, commitment and gratitude that we have for all of the components that make our community whole. Together, we must acknowledge the collective power we have to make a difference at this critical time.

Currently, Save the Dunes staff are working from home and re-tooling our methods of communication to an all-digital platform. Our program staff is well equipped to continue our project work and have not missed a step. We are committed to moving forward on all of our ongoing conservation and advocacy projects. Our staff is operating on a reduced workweek to meet the needs of their families and to adjust to the current dip in workload. With children at home, parents are navigating e-learning while also balancing working from home. Other staff is volunteering in our community by supporting local businesses, donating blood, volunteering to bring food to the elderly and making medical masks for our healthcare workers. We encourage everyone to help how they can in this monumental effort to stem the tide of COVID-19.

With uncertain times ahead, and shifting fundraising revenues, we are calling on our supporters to please consider committing to a recurring, monthly contribution to Save the Dunes. Your monthly donation provides regular income that we can count on to support our vital operational needs to fulfill our mission. This type of gift provides predictability, stability, and affords us the option to direct funds where they are needed most. You can sign up through our donations page on our website. Under donation frequency, select monthly. No gift is too small!  

We are truly appreciative of your ongoing and strong support of our mission. We are incredibly grateful for all that you do for Save the Dunes. I look forward to when we are on the other side of this crisis and can all get together again.

Take care and stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

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Natalie Johnson
Executive Director

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