Welcome to Haywood Waterways Association
Haywood County holds something very precious and rare - water that comes directly from our own mountains and nowhere else. I'm proud to be a member and now President of the Haywood Waterways Association because it works to protect this treasure.
My husband and I raised two sons and some of our most memorable family experiences took place around the Pigeon River and its tributaries. All of us who live in Haywood County are attached in some way to our waterways.
The Haywood Waterways Association works in a positive way to keep our streams clean and clear by providing education and information opportunities, and partnering with other organizations on watershed restoration projects. We have a number of gifted and knowledgeable professionals in our organization, but most of us are like you and me, just regular people who care about our water.
I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you, as a regular person, to become more involved in the Haywood Waterways Association by doing such activities as serving on a committee, helping with stream clean-up events, and making others more aware of our Haywood County treasure - our waterways.
Waterways offers presentations to groups interested in water conservation
issues in the Pigeon River Watershed. Please contact
us if you would like to schedule a speaker.
Haywood Waterways Association (HWA) has historically been dependent on local, state, and federal grants for program support and operating income. Nearly 90% comes from this type of unreliable funding source. It is critical we diversify our sources of income. We have initiated a major donor program to provide short-term, intermediate and long-range income.
Our short term goal is to increase membership dues to $16,950 per year beginning in 2007. The intermediate goal is to build a reserve fund of $75,000 over the next five years. This fund, called the Headwaters Challenge Fund, will be used to prepare us for emergency needs and other time-sensitive opportunities in good times and bad. The long-term goal is to build a $2 million Endowment Fund that will provide annual support for the core operations that make everything else possible. In addition, $10,000 is also needed annually to support HWA’s premier education event, Kids in the Creek. This is our largest event of the year with nearly 725 students, parents, and teachers participating. These funds will help ensure the financial security and sustainability of HWA and its programs.
Both the Headwaters Challenge Fund and Endowment Fund have been started thanks to generous donations from HWA Board members and the community. However, we still need your help! Please join us (membership application) and consider an additional contribution to the reserve fund, endowment fund or Kids in the Creek program (donor form). HWA can also help you set up a planned giving program. Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization and ultimately the long-term protection of our precious waterways. Thank you!
For additional information please call Eric @ 828-631-2823 or Bill Eaker, Fundraising Committee Chairman @ 828-251-6622 or 828-456-9508.
Please mail your dues and
donations to: HWA,
HWA is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt non-profit, charitable corporation so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
This site was last updated May 2009.
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