To our community of supporters and friends:
During this season of giving and gratitude, we write to you at an exciting time in HistoriCorps’ development. This year, we strategically diversified and expanded the number of lives our work touches. However, the past year has not been without its challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic, fires, and floods, and storms have affected individuals and communities around the globe. In the face of so much instability, we had two options: shrink down to a skeletal selection of programs and projects, or trust in ourselves and our goals to launch our largest and most diverse season yet. We are proud to share that we chose the latter.
Here are some of our highlights from the 2021 season:
- Engaged more than 700 volunteers on historic preservation projects
- Increased our partnerships with youth conservation corps, and introduced more than 100 young people to a new career field in the trades
- Developed two new multi-week training programs for demographics typically under-represented in historic preservation trades
- Expanded and diversified our Board of Directors
- Stabilized, restored, and breathed new life into more than 50 historic buildings, so that individuals and communities across the country can continue to learn from them
This growth comes with costs that we can’t meet with project-restricted grants alone. As we evolve, we are increasingly reliant on donations from our community of supporters to keep the lights on, to pilot innovative new programs, and to invest in relationships that build the future of historic preservation. On Giving Tuesday, a global celebration of giving and gratitude, we are writing to ask you to please donate to the future of HistoriCorps.
Ned Weihman, Chair, Board of Directors
W Bart Berger, Executive Director