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One Comment Can Net $500 for Mother Nature

Any organization that's trying to green up our world can take home a bit of green for itself.

Patch is running a contest over the next week in which readers nominate an environmental nonprofit and the winning organization will receive a $500 donation to an environmental charity. 

Your role is simple: leave a comment below, nominating an organization you want to see receive the money.

Then, on April 30, we'll pick a comment at random and the organization gets a check. There is one shot per commenter but other commenters who support the group are welcome — so the more comments an organization receives, the better chance it has at winning. If you know a worthy nonprofit, have it mobilize its supporters to leave comments.

One of Patch's founding principles was that people are interested in helping their communities, and this is an expression of that principle.

This contest is being run on all Patch sites in Virginia, so your nomination will be competing against Patch readers from across the state.

If you click "Follow comments" at the end of this article, you can keep abreast of the nominations. If you sign up for a newsletter subscription, you'll know first thing that your group won.

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, leave a comment below, nominating an environmental charity (501(c)(3) organization) you would like to see receive the donation from Patch.
  • All entries must be received by April 30, 2012, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.
  • You may enter once.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing.
  • One Grand Prize Winning environmental charity will receive a $500 donation from Patch.
  •  for complete Official Rules.
Kim Hosen April 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Prince William Conservation Alliance protects natural areas close to home, act locally!
Linda Patterson April 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
http://www.pecva.org, Piedmont Environmental Council
Rebecca Arvin April 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The Water Environment Federation, www.wef.org!
Lorien Walsh April 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I second the Water Environment Federation!
Brittany Burch April 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Water Environment Federation (WEF) for furthering water quality across the globe!
JFinDC April 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The WateReuse Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the beneficial and efficient use of water resources through education, sound science, and technology using reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination for the benefit of our members, the public, and the environment. http://www.watereuse.org
Nancy Vehrs April 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Support the Prince William Conservation Alliance, www.pwconserve.org
Kathy Madsen April 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
The Prince William Conservation Alliance! www.pwconserve.org
Betty Truax April 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Prince William Conservation Alliance (www.pwconserve.org) - an organization that believes in thinking globally but acting locally.
MBH April 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The Environmentors Program. Mentoring at-risk youth one on one and encouraging them to pursue post secondary education in the environmental sciences.http://ncseonline.org/program/environmentors
Jen April 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Friends of the Rappahannock www.riverfriends.org
Kelly D April 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Reston Environmental Action (REACT) is a non-profit organization mobilizing residents in grassroots activities promoting the environmental and community health of Reston. We support a sustainable local economy that respects our natural and human resources and strive to increase awareness of the impact of individual and community lifestyle and consumption choices on the land, air, water and the community.
Rebecca kurylo April 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Friends of the Rappahannock.
Barb Welsh April 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Help a budding organization from the ground up. Even if the Herndon Evironmental Network does not happen to get the $500, check them out anyway. They show you how you and your family can make a real difference to our environment. A small ripple can make a big effect. Check it out: www.herndonenvironment.com
Susan Borchini April 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Alice Ferguson Foundation. for our kids; for our future! Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center's education program for elementary to middle school students is designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in America. Courses at Hard Bargain Farm immerse students in various field studies involving fun and innovative hands-on activities and field investigations designed to engage all learning styles.
Arja Sahramaa April 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Walker Nature Education Center in Reston. "Set in the 72-acre Walker Nature Education Center, Nature House has been LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council because of its environmentally friendly, sustainable design. It is the first LEED Gold building in the Hunter Mill District and one of only 17 new LEED Gold certified buildings in Virginia. Nature House is open year-round as a hub for environmental learning and appreciation in Reston, teaching people of all ages about green spaces and how to care for the environment. Key environmental areas include: energy savings; water efficiency; CO2 emissions reductions; improved indoor environmental quality; and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts" (quoting Fairfax County website). Thank you, Friends of Reston!
Mary Brett April 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Boy Scout Troop 159 does 2 major local stream and neighborhood cleanups annually to have a direct impact on Reston/Herndon, as well as a variety of Eagle Scout projects that leave their mark for years to come. Salute these young men who leave no trace and educate others to do the same.
Peggy Moore April 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
www.fairfaxtrails.org Fairfax Trails and Streams
Nancy Berlin April 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Master Gardeners of Prince William - 150+ environmental educators serving our community teaching best management practices for turf and landscapes with the goal of protecting water quality.
Trish Strat April 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
Caroline Pickens April 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Fairfax Trails and Streams consists entirely of volunteers who spend hours and hours to clean up streams like Pimmit Run and trails as well as sponsor Eagle Scout projects to upgrade the trails. They have been consultants to trail and stream projects in many parts of Fairfax County, as well as the Fairfax County connector trail that crosses the entire county using local trails. FTAS is an awesome group that gives an enormous amount of time and expertise.
Bruce April 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. http://mgnv.org/ This group provides Master Gardener Plant Clinics at local Alexandria and Arlington Farmers Markets, it educates citizen gardeners and non-gardeners through public seminars, it maintains area Demonstration Gardens (including Simpson Garden), staffs the Horticultural Help Desk, promotes School Yard Gardening, and provides Horticultural Therapy to residents in need. This is a great "local" organization that our community directly benefits from!
Douglas Stewart April 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
Leslie Hagan April 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Not only do they maintain a beautiful demonstration garden on Monroe Avenue but they participate in a wonderful gardening program for the residents of Ladrey and the children in ARHA housing to have their own gardens and raise their own vegetables and learn about the importance of fresh foods in their diets. They also run extremely helpful plant clinics at our farmers' markets where one can bring gardening problems for advice and recommendations as well as a call-in help desk. They receive very, very little financial support and give enormous service.
Joanne Hutton April 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Master Gardeners are out there teaching people how to manage the environment in their own backyards - how to save water, minimize pesticide use and plant wisely, especially for wildlife value.
John April 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I'll give a second or third for Master Gardner's of Northern Virginia.
p April 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Earth Sangha, definitely!
sheri wilson April 30, 2012 at 01:57 AM
MGNV - people who care about their local environment and act on those beliefs by sharing their knowledge and making the community better.
Mary April 30, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Master Gardener volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually to community education programs in Arlington County and Alexandria. They provide local residents with information about gardening practices that protect the environment and promote sustainability.
Justin Youtz April 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Cub Scout Pack 501 We do multiple community service projects a year including community clean up projects. Our experienced leaders have a Leave No Trace program that we have shared at both local scout camps and District level camps. We are a newer pack that split from a larger Pack in order to help grow Cub Scouting in eastern Prince William Parkway. We are always looking for other Community Service groups to help support.

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