Across the media landscape, “Giving Tuesday” is being promoted today as a time when the public is encouraged to take a break from frenzied shopping and support local and national charities.
Yet, the day is also about giving thanks to those who give. We sincerely thank the over 1140 active Firewise Communities who give back to their neighbors and larger community all year long.
Since the program’s national inception in 2002, Firewise Communities have given over $35 million in volunteer hours and direct project expenses between 2002 and 2013. These efforts have brought neighbors closer together, raised issues of risk in communities, and identified solutions that project a safer environment for all.
As the 2014 renewals come in, I’m reminded of the great projects that Firewise communities across the country continue to do every year. I’ve enjoyed reading their Firewise Day descriptions that are coming in for 2014, telling their local story of distributing educational materials to neighbors; propane tank clearing and marking; tree and roof cleaning; tree planting; roof replacement; joint efforts with local fire departments and local agencies; emergency evacuation discussions; home-to-home debris clean up and landscaping; Firewise planning for large ranch properties; events in conjunction with the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and National Fire Prevention Week; chipper days; dumpster collections; and address signage improvements, just to name a few.
On “Giving Tuesday,” we thank those Firewise Communities who give all year long and we have no doubt, will continue to for many years to come.