For Vineyard nonprofits to do their crucial part, you must do yours
It's only May, but the season has begun. We have in mind the season in which the Vineyard organizations you depend on throughout the year, depend on you. The needs of these nonprofit organizations are ongoing, the assistance and good works they offer the Vineyard community nurture year-round and summer resident alike, but the annual moment when you can make a big difference begins right now.
Think Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, the Preservation Trust, Friends of Family Planning, the Polly Hill Arboretum, YMCA Martha's Vineyard, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Habitat for Humanity, Vineyard Playhouse. And don't stop thinking.
Each one of these organizations and so many more do something for you, and beginning now, you can return the favor.
TicketsMV.com, a MindshareMedia effort, offers an online calendar of nonprofit events. The spring and early summer entries are displayed here. At ticketsmv.com, you can browse the live version of this calendar, pick the events you would like to attend and the organizations you want to help, and make the requested donation or buy a ticket. We're featuring the calendar now, so you can make your decisions now. You won't want to miss this chance to make a difference.
On June 26, ticketsmv.com and The Martha's Vineyard Times will combine to remind you of all this and more. With the generous corporate sponsorship of Coldwell Banker/Landmarks, The Times will publish Community Works (distributed again in July), the story of Island nonprofits and the vital work they do. Community Works will include an expanded version of the ticketsmv.com calendar, including the mid- and late-summer events, along with messages from Island nonprofits that want you to know about their efforts to help Islanders and the fundraising efforts they have planned, to make that help possible. The ticketsmv.com calendar will also appear live on The Times website, mvtimes.com, so just a click on the event of your choice will take you straight to a shopping cart from which you can buy tickets or make donations.
In addition, the nonprofits whose messages are so important to you will also make online appearances at mvtimes.com, inviting you to make a gift with a click through the mvtimes.com shopping cart.
"Our nonprofit community organizations work hard to bring the best and the most needed services, as well as the most successful events, to the most Islanders and visitors," Peter Oberfest, The Times publisher, explains. "Community Works will help nonprofits get their messages out, in print and online."
For Coldwell Banker/Landmarks, the sole major corporate sponsor of Community Works, Judy Federowicz says helping to underwrite an effort such as Community Works is perfectly consistent with her firm's determination to marry its business goals with its widely recognized commitment to the Vineyard community. Community Works' job is to publicize Island nonprofits who will be offered half- and full-page spaces to get their stories, their accomplishments, and their summer event schedules in front of both year-rounders and visitors.
Summer is a few weeks away, but for the Vineyard's nonprofit benefactors, the need is now.