Kristin Kelly “Smart Growth Executive Director” – Needs Your Help

December 30, 2015

As we end 2015, I am wishing you all a Happy New Year, and am optimistic that 2016 will be a year of opportunity despite many challenges.  I am also staying optimistic and hopeful that I can continue working on your behalf for wise land use policy and regulations here in Snohomish County

With Futurewise’s decision to close the Snohomish County Field Office and lay me off as Snohomish/Skagit County Program Director, Pilchuck Audubon Society has offered to keep me employed full time, continuing part-time as the Smart Growth Executive Director, a position I have held for 10 years, and working part-time as Executive Director of PAS, a newly created temporary position.  I am grateful and excited to continue working on land use and environmental protection issues here in Snohomish County, and to be of service in fulfilling some other needs of the organization that includes other conservation and wildlife habitat protection work.

But I have a problem, and I need your help immediately!

While I have relied on grants as the majority of my funding for the Smart Growth Program, there is never a guarantee that I will receive these grants.  Just recently I was declined a grant I have received in the past of $12,000, which has put a huge dent in my ability to continue working as Smart Growth Executive Director.

As I continue to apply for grants this year, I need to raise that $12,000 by March 2016 from the community to keep the Smart Growth Program alive!

I’m reaching out to all my contacts before the end of the year to do what you can in order for me to continue representing the public interest for strong land use policies and development regulations and to balance out the lobbying efforts of the Master Builders Association and other development community interests.  Currently I am serving on two important committees:  The Sustainable Lands Strategy, working for net gains in salmon and wildlife habitat and farming; and the Everett Station District Alliance, working on bringing more Transit-Oriented Development to the Everett Transit Station area with more connectivity to downtown Everett.

Without the Smart Growth Program, there will not be a paid advocate for protection of our land and our natural resources.

If 120 people will donate to the Smart Growth Program $100 by March 2016, all which is tax-deductible, I will be able to continue the work I’ve been doing on your behalf through the first quarter of this year, with hope and optimism I will be able to raise the rest of the money I need to keep the Smart Growth Program alive and keep me working on your behalf throughout 2016 and beyond.

Please do what you can to help me help you.  You can send checks made out to Pilchuck Audubon Society Smart Growth Program to me, Kristin Kelly, at: 1429 Avenue D, #198, Snohomish, WA  98290.

To pay be credit card, click on https://www.chi-cash-advance. com/sforms/appeal1038/ Contribute.aspx and click on Smart Growth in the “Designation” drop-down box.

More information on this in PAS monthly newsletter for January 2016 at http://pilchuckaudubon.org/ userfiles/file/Profile_ January_2016.pdf

Feel free to call or email me anytime with questions and concerns.

Thank you so much for your support!

Kristin Kelly
Executive Director and Smart Growth Executive Director

Pilchuck Audubon Society
1429 Avenue D, #198
Snohomish, WA  98290
425-923-8625
kris2cam@frontier.com

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