To the Editor:

The Land Conservancy (LC) of Ridgefield, Inc., is extremely thankful to the Thrift Shop for their very generous and much needed donation of $5000 to the general-purpose fund.  The LC will use the donation to maintain, in their natural state and per the donor’s wishes, various beautiful properties that have been donated to the LC over the past 50 years. Thrift Shop President, Sandra Capriotti and Land Conservancy President, Joan Corley met by one of the LC’s beautiful wetland properties on Silver Spring Road to discuss both organizations missions and goals.

The LC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is centered on the principle of protecting land and maintaining its inherent natural habitat, in perpetuity, for the diverse population of wildlife in our beautiful town of Ridgefield and for the benefit of our neighbors and the entire community.

“The LC feels a kinship with the Thrift Shop as both organizations are dedicated to enhancing our wonderful community of Ridgefield.  We both are dedicated to conservation and depend on donations to accomplish our goals.  The LC conserves donated land for the enjoyment of wildlife and members of our Ridgefield community.   The Thrift Shop conserves gently used donated goods by repurposing and reselling items at affordable prices.  The Thrift Shop then further repurposes the funds they raised by donating the funds to not-for-profit organizations, such as the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield! “

Recent land donations and severe weather in our area have highlighted the immense responsibility of the LC to remain a sustainable organization to fulfill the LC’s mission of keeping land in its natural state, in perpetuity.  The LC Board is an all-volunteer Board that works very hard to keep stewardship cost at a minimum.   The Thrift Shop’s donation will make the LC’s spring maintenance a bit easier on our budget.

Visit the LC’s website at www.landconservancyofridgefield.org to learn more about this gem in Ridgefield.  You can see where the over 100 parcels of land (over 700 acres) entrusted to the LC are located. You can also find out how to volunteer your time to the LC, apply to become a director on the LC Board, and easy ways to make tax deductible donations of land or monetary gifts to the LC.  Visit the properties and take in the beauty of birds, frogs, deer and many other forms of wildlife that are waking up now that Spring is here.

Spring is also a great time to clean out your closets and bring your gently used goods to the Thrift Shop.

Thank you again, Ridgefield Thrift Shop for all you do and especially for the donation to the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield!