Donations: Some ways your money can help
Donations can ensure the continuation of this work.
Please indicate if you have a preference regarding how your donation is used. Contact Mari with your questions and ideas.
In addition to the ongoing expenses of doing this work, here are some examples of things that donations could make possible:
- Window decals for all HER Helmet Thursdays participating places
- Photocopies of mini fliers and posters for outreach
- Reflective spoke cards for outreach to youth regarding bike safety and local resources
- Mobile-friendly access plus search features for the HER Helmet Thursdays listings
- WordPress consulting or assistance for banner redesign and other site changes
- WordPress premium theme and plugins to make the 365+ posts and pages of information more accessible to site users
- IT professional to maintain the application for the HER Helmet Thursdays database (Ruby on Rails)
- Office equipment maintenance and repair
- Office supplies
- Software products for specific project tasks
- T-shirts and jerseys to help get the word out
- Graphic design services
- Changing web hosts, and to a non-shared server
- Help with transportation costs to do more outreach to schools and elsewhere in more remote areas of the county
- Translation of basic materials to strengthen outreach to monolingual Spanish-speaking cyclists
HER Helmet Thursdays is a long-term ecology-economy sustainability project, not a short-term discount promotion. There is much room for this particular project to expand and to be promoted. To make this happen is not difficult, it is simply very time-consuming. Contact Mari if you would like to know more.
Do you get paid?
No. Since May 2009, this work has been done without any financial compensation for Mari’s time.
In addition to serving as webmaster and creating the vast majority of the website content, many hours are donated to a variety of other Bicycling Monterey public service projects.
Need for an assistant
In November 2010, a Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission senior planner and a Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist addressed Mari, and their communication included this acknowledgement: “Mari, we want to launch a site like yours – but we imagine we need 10 people at least to launch what you have done.”
True! And Mari’s time could often be better used as a project director or advisor rather than also doing all the nuts-and-bolts required for the website and projects. Having a part-time or full-time assistant, or even an occasional temporary assistant, would make a big difference in what it is possible to accomplish.
To discuss what could make the Bicycling Monterey projects more efficient and effective, allowing more to be accomplished with available time, please contact Mari.
Ready to make a donation?
Great! Thank you. You may use PayPal button on right-hand panel of this site to pay by debit or credit card. To donate by check, or for more details, see the About Donations page.