.

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 of 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 through volunteering, and this is an expression of that principle. (If you're interested in blogging on your hometown site, click the "start a blog" link and start writing about your interests.)

This contest is being run on all Patch sites in Maryland, 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 (top right of the home page), 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.
Rick Powell April 27, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I vote for Catonsville Rails to Trails.
Tam April 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I agree Back River Restoration Committee
Helen Schlessinger April 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Catonsville Rails to Trails! Local group, cleaning up while connecting the community.
K Younkin April 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Patapsco Heritage Greenway -- They put on great scavenger hunts for middle school children in Baltimore and Howard counties. The kids leave knowing more about the Patapsco River Valley and how to protect it.
Michael Sames April 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Definitely Catonsville Rails to Trails.
Christie Balch April 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
University of Maryland Extension!
Dr. Stephen Germeroth April 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Catonsville Rsils to Trails
Dr. Stephen Germeroth April 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Catonsville Rails to Trails
Pam Wilt April 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I vote for Catonsville Rails to Trails. It helps clean up the local environment while providing safe walking trails for people in the community.
Joseph Jay Longobardi April 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy - The Jennifer Branch Project was a huge success for the people of Parkville, Carney and surrounding areas! http://www.jenniferbranch.org/ www.gunpowderfalls.org
JLR April 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Nominating Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), volunteers have planted over 21,000 trees in the Gunpowder watershed and are still going strong. We'll be planting this weekend. Check them out on the internet!
stacey smith April 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy all the way! Great organization.
Paul Amirault April 27, 2012 at 07:21 PM
If the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy wins the $500 prize, on behalf of one of my companies I will match it. If GVC fails to win, I will still donate the $500 to GVC. I would hope other business owners would also choose to help.
Steve Byron April 27, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Catonsville Rails-to-Trails! Passionate and hardworking volunteers are tranforming abandoned trolley lines into a network of gorgeous trails that will connect Catonsville in a whole new way, Now you can jog, walk, or bike though Catonsville without the traffic.
Joseph Jay Longobardi April 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Thumbs up!
Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin April 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Kentlands Community Foundation's GO GREEN group in Gaithersburg, MD is actively engaged in educating the community about local environmental issues. Since starting up five years ago, volunteers created a community garden in the Kentlands neighborhood, organized annual community cleanups, organized an environmental film series, set up a variety of talks with environmental speakers and advocated for non-synthetic, organic lawn care practices in our community.
usvet April 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Marines Helping Marines. This Marine Corps League organization helps provide for wounded Marines as they return to the Continental USA.
Karl Schuub April 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM
The work of this organization is nothing short of amazing...been around as an all volunteer, non-profit since the 1930's when a band of like minded hunters began to lament the loss of duck habitat. They own title outright to 12,693,635 acres in North American and have restored a total of 108,569,037. The fact that hunters are at the heart of the organization might bother some, but pound for pound they've done more than any other organization bar none to maintain and restore wetlands...and long before it was vogue.
John Miller April 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy! We plant a lot of trees, clean up streams, and help preserve valuable land from development, all protecting the Bay.
D. Jack MacConnell April 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Catonsviile Rails to Trails gets my vote. Thank them for the #9 Trolley Trail, the #8 Streetcar Path, and the current work developing the Short Line Trail; great work uniting communities.
Lawrence Lubetsky April 28, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Catonsville Rails-to-Trails. They've done a lot and will continue to provide Catonsville with bicycle and pedestrian friendly trails.
Earl Huch April 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Catonsville Rails to Trails. Great organization that involves volunteers and lots of kids and is making an impact on our neighborhoods. The short line trail when completed and linked to other trails will have a lasting effect to unite many neighborhoods in our community. Earl Huch
Mary April 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Back River Restoration Committee has now adopted Route 702 between Middleborough Road and Back River Neck Road. This section of the highway was dedicated to Mike Weir Sr. Mike Weir Jr. participated in our first highway clean-up April 14, 2012. Please keep our roads and river clean - Do drop it, dispose of it properly!!!
Mary April 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Back River Restoration Committee has now adopted Route 702 between Middleborough Road and Back River Neck Road. This section of the highway was dedicated to Mike Weir Sr. Mike Weir Jr. participated in our first highway clean-up April 14, 2012. Please keep our roads and river clean - Don't just drop it, dispose of it properly!!!
George Brookhart April 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Catonsville Rails to Trails is a great organization that is working hard to create biking and hiking trails in our community.
Kevin McDonough April 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Back River Restoration Committee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mary Hoffman April 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
So many deserving committees, but we need more floating wetlands and this area inevitably effects other waters. I vote Back River Restoration Committee.
Melissa Long April 29, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Bread and Cheese Creek clean up committee
Karen A. Palman April 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The Kentlands Community Foundation supports and encourages volunteerism in many programs including the Go Green Group. The Go Green group educates and advocates for green practices in our small community in a BIG way. Our community leaders and volunteers make Green fashionable.
Steve Davies April 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It seems unlikely that "one comment" will net $500. As Patch explains, "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 of a worthy nonprofit, have it mobilize its supporters to leave comments." It actually sounds to me more like a way for Patch to boost traffic on its site so AOL can go to advertisers and Wall Street investors and say, see--it's working! To those offended by my cynicism, sorry, but when the pool of comments includes people who have commented twice, and people with unrecognizable names, the word "randomness" loses its meaning.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »