Why I am a Supporter
In her song “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell bemoans the fact that, “…you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The song resonates because it describes a common human experience. Too often, in our headlong rush into the future, we don’t fully appreciate the value in the things around us—that person, that songbird, that tree, that house, that patch of open land—until we’ve lost them forever. I take that message to heart, and so do a group of people in our town who call themselves The Whittier Conservancy. But they do more than just take the message to heart. They take it to the streets.
And that’s why I’m a supporter. I’m a supporter because the Conservancy recognizes that while change is an inherent part of life, not all change is progress. They don’t worship the past. But they urge us, as a community, to stop and carefully consider what we want the future to look like before we embrace it. They urge us to nurture a sense of place, not just in space but in time. They urge us—and effectively so—to balance where we’ve been with where we’re going so that we don’t wake one morning to regret that we didn’t know what we had …until it was gone.
- Ted Snyder, President, The Whittier Conservancy
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Mail a tax deductible donation to the Whittier Conservancy (Tax ID# 33-0322279), at the address below, or submit the form online with a "note" that a check is being mailed:
The Whittier Conservancy, P.O. Box 9114
Whittier CA 90608-9114
Contact number: (562) 858-3110
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