The year 2020 swooped in like a lion, leaving everyone with unexpected scenarios and new obstacles to navigate. With the COVID-19 crisis still in full swing and a nation that’s grappling to figure out how to “do life” amidst it, a handful of non-profits and community leaders have stepped up to offer a glimmer of hope.
Madison River of Hope
Join Madison Visionary Partners (MVP), Rotary Club of Madison, Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison City Schools, the Madison Chapter of American Legion, Just Serve.org, and the City of Madison as they create the Madison River of Hope, leaving a permanent mark in our community as a sign and memory of a time when perseverance and socially-distant togetherness was needed more than ever.
The Madison River of Hope will be placed at Bill’s Hill at Dublin Park to be displayed permanently. The site will begin being prepped this week in which community members are invited to watch the progression as the river comes to life in the coming weeks.
Between now and July 11th, families and businesses alike are invited to purchase rocks that will make up the river. Funds and donations collected will benefit COVID-19 relief right here within our Madison community.
Options for rocks are numerous. Community members are invited to visit this website to make a selection, which range from $5 to $1,000.
Madison Visionary Partners Executive Director Elizabeth Brinton says that painting the rocks will be the fun part.
“Individuals are welcome to donate and [pick up] a rock to paint themselves. Most small businesses plan to paint their own rocks as well. Larger sponsors are having their rocks painted by the nonprofit partner group as a “thank you” for their larger donation,” explains Brinton.
Rock Pick-up and Drop-Off
There are four locations for picking up purchased rocks and then dropping then off after they’ve been painted: Discovery Middle (Tuesdays from 11 AM-1PM), Dublin Park (11 AM-5:30 PM), Madison Public Library (Tuesdays 3 PM-6 PM), and Posh Mommy and Baby too (weekdays 10 AM-5:30 PM).
Families are encouraged to come together and sign up to volunteer to make the Madison River of Hope happen. Volunteer opportunities are available on JustServe.Org and include (but are not limited to) sealing rocks, gluing rocks to the site, and hand-painting rocks at home (for those businesses who select this option).
Let’s Get Started
Ready to create a rock and/or donate? Click here to get started.
Have further questions? Email Liz Brinton or call her at 256-348-4969.
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