Leave a Legacy at the Nature Center With Personalized Bricks

Leave a Legacy at the Nature Center With Personalized Bricks

Engraved bricks honor Trail lovers and their friends and families along the Butler Trail. The text can include family or individual names and dates–but no commercial, religious, profane, or phone numbers.

Taylor Hersey, a two-time USC graduate, has one near Lieber College. Underneath her name and degree is Jeremiah 29:11, “know that I have plans for you, says the Lord.”.

Invest in the Future of Endicott Park

Investing in the future of Endicott Park is a way to make sure generations to come will be able to experience this beautiful park and all it has to offer. By making a gift today, you can leave a lasting legacy that will help future visitors understand and care about environmental stewardship; nurture a sense of wonder, imagination and creativity; provide beauty, calm, peace and refuge in an increasingly hectic and stressful world; expand intellectual development; and improve physical health and well-being.

Located in Danvers, Endicott Park features 165 acres of beautiful farm buildings, historic homesteads, fields, woodlands, gardens and ponds. There is a playground, disc golf course, dog park, sensory trail, community garden, and more. Children from all over the North Shore visit Endicott Park for field games, educational outdoor activities and to study aquatic life in Goodnow Pond. The park also hosts summer camps like Little Lizards and S.N.A.K.E, where kids ages 7-14 learn outdoors and have fun.

Endicott’s parks and gardens are an important asset for the region. They bring much-needed economic activity to the area and provide a place for families to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy our wonderful regional history. The Park has been a popular destination for students, neighbors, and visitors to enjoy the natural and historical resources for over 30 years.

To enhance the impact of these efforts, Governor Kathy Hochul awarded Endicott $10 million in 2021 through her Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award. The eight projects selected for funding include improving walkability and connectivity, enhancing housing and employment opportunities, and expanding community services and cultural amenities.

The DRI funds will help revitalize the area once occupied by the shoe factory of Endicott-Johnson, which at its peak employed thousands and created a vibrant downtown on Washington Avenue. This project will bring a new, mixed-use building with workforce housing and ground-floor retail to the site.

Other DRI projects include a $3.1 million effort to implement a multi-pronged initiative to link areas of downtown through sidewalks, streetscape improvements, signage and landscaping; and to create a new warehouse-distribution center that will serve local businesses and help transform the western gateway into the downtown district. It will also create a fund to help small businesses and property owners in the DRI area with facade improvements, interior renovations and small business creation and expansion.

Make a Gift in Honor of a Loved One

Choosing to honor a deceased loved one through charitable giving can be a deeply personal and meaningful way to express love and gratitude, make a positive impact in the world and find comfort and healing. In a world that is often chaotic and stressful, it can be comforting to know that your loved one’s memory is being remembered in a positive way.

Making a memorial gift in your loved one’s name is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other special occasion, and to show that you care. You can make a memorial gift on our donate page, by adding their name in the “Honor/Memorial” section and providing a message if you wish.

You can also choose to establish a permanent endowment fund named in their honor and memory that will provide annual gifts to local charities or scholarships (based on the amount you decide) for the rest of your life. This is a great option for those who want to be remembered in a long-lasting and lasting way.

Another popular way to honor a deceased loved one is through a living tribute garden with plants or herbs that continue to grow in their memory. This can be especially comforting to families and friends who are grieving and in need of peace and healing.

Many donors choose to make a donation in honor of a friend or family member for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. You can make a donation on our donate page, by including their name in the “Honor/Memorial” or “In Honor of” section and providing a message if your wish.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, recognizing the loss of a loved one or creating a lasting legacy, you can be sure that your gift will be appreciated and make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. We are so grateful to you for considering our organization as a place where you can honor your loved ones and create an impactful tribute to the joy they brought into the world. Our community thanks you.

Help Us Create a Legacy for Future Visitors

The legacy you leave can have a profound impact on future generations, far beyond your own lifespan. Choosing to build a legacy can release reliable doses of motivation to overcome life’s challenges long after you are gone. Your legacy could be a simple way of helping your family flourish, or it might be something bigger that affects the whole world.

Many people find their passion in the physical realm. Renovating a house or restoring an old building can provide a sense of fulfillment that lasts for decades. Creating public art or writing a book can be a way to express yourself and inspire others. You might want to donate your artwork or organize a fundraising event in support of a particular cause.

For the environmentally-minded, you can also create a sustainable legacy by planting trees or supporting conservation efforts. Leaving behind an endowment in your will is another financial option to help non-profits thrive into the future. The influence that a single person can exert on the world is limitless. Think of the late Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, Nelson Mandela and his dedication to human rights, or Martin Luther King Jr. and his campaign for civil rights.

While it may feel like a daunting task, legacy work can be as simple or complex as you choose to make it. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, it can be challenging to do any of the above activities, but you can start by making it your family’s tradition to plant a tree every year in honor of someone who has passed on, or participating in a charitable 5k. You can even create a remembrance garden where you plant flowers and herbs in the names of your loved ones.

If you wish to make a more substantial contribution, you can establish a charitable foundation or an estate plan that leaves a portion of your estate to your chosen causes. You can choose the foundation’s name, mission and structure and determine how the funds will be used in the future. You can also simply let your chosen organization know that you will be leaving a gift in your will.

Celebrate a Special Event

Every special occasion tells a unique story. It can be a celebration of love, a tribute to achievement, or simply an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Weaving the narrative throughout the planning process ensures that everyone involved in the event has a shared experience that is meaningful and memorable. This is especially true when the occasion incorporates a theme, activities that reflect the person’s interests or hobbies, and/or personalized touches to make it uniquely theirs.

Incorporating a charitable element to the event is another way to add meaning and connection to an occasion. This could include a one-time donation that aligns with the person’s passions, or it could be an ongoing commitment to fundraising campaigns for important causes that they care about. The goal is to help create a legacy that will stand the test of time, and that will also instill the values of generosity and compassion in future generations.

Engraved brick fundraisers are a creative and inspiring way to raise money for an organization. Whether the funds are to support a new project or to honor a loved one, this type of fundraising campaign will generate greater involvement in the cause among current and prospective donors. The key is to clearly define the purpose of the campaign and provide a clear path for donors to follow, such as by establishing pricing and defining any customization options.

A brick fundraiser can also be a great way to commemorate an anniversary, graduation, or other significant milestone. In the past, some groups have used this approach to raise funds for their community’s parks and gardens, or even to honor veterans. Others have used it to recognize students for their work on a school’s construction project or research program. At Franciscan University of Steubenville, for example, a donor can have a personalized brick installed in the courtyard outside of the new Christ the Teacher academic building and conference center in honor of their 78th anniversary this fall. To make sure that the engraving on your engraved brick is visible to the public, you can choose between three lines and 17 characters per line, with or without a logo.