It seems as if we’re in a never-ending political season, and many groups and candidates are talking about their “grass roots support.” They tout those small-dollar donations that all add up to create million-dollar advertising buys.

We’re somewhat in the same boat, although without a seat to run for or a platform – aside from protecting and enhancing the James River Park System. And it seems that much of our success comes from the individual volunteers and donations we see daily.

FOJRP License PlateOne such example of that support comes from those of you who ordered a branded “Friends of the James River Park System” license plate.

The process for the plates is pretty simple:
When you register your vehicle, you can request a special plate for just $25 extra. Every time someone orders a plate, $15 of that fee comes back to the Park.

We know what you’re thinking: With all of the things going on in the Park and all of the areas that need attention, what difference will my $15 make?

Well, we just got our annual donation from the Virginia DMV for license plate fees, and it was around $48,000!

Forty-Eight Thousand Dollars.

If you’re curious about what sorts of things can be done with $48,000, consider this list:

  • Trail improvements
  • Equipment for Invasive Plant Removal
  • Staff recognition and support
  • Education Programs and Camps
  • More Port-a-Jons

We know, thinking of someplace to go to the bathroom may not seem like a big deal, but if it enhances someone’s enjoyment of the Park, it’s worth it.

There’s a quote out there about the power of a group. It alludes to the fact that one person doing something small may not make a difference, but a lot of people, each doing that small thing, can exact a colossal change. Perhaps the Dalai Lama says it best:

“If you think that you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Click here to learn more about how you can support the James River Park System and the license plate program.