project leader
Lorraine E
4601 Cloverdale Blvd
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Goal reached but still fundraising!

the project

Oakland Lake, with its diverse ecosystem and quiet appeal, draws users from the entire NYC area.  While participating in our local Estuary Day celebration this September, Friends of Alley Pond Park (FoAPP) encourages the community to discover the critical connection between the Alley Pond Park and its estuary, along with the importance of clean, local waters.  Participating partners included NYC Parks & Recreation, the Urban Park Rangers, Alley Pond Environmental Center, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and local and regional environmental groups. The money raised will allow FoAPP to increase outreach efforts through educational material and related giveaways, particularly to children.

Promoting community awareness of the importance of clean water and the protection of estuaries also promotes a vested interest in responsible use by parkgoers. To build additional awareness, volunteers will offer a wildflower tour, a birding nature walk around the lake, a project featuring monarch butterflies, and canoe rides on the lake, with fun and games for children. A variety of community groups will join in our fun and offer education about our estuary.

the steps

1.  Professionally print flyers to be distributed throughout Queens to schools, and community members, as well as electronically via social media.  We would distribute to local politicians to insert in their e-newsletters (July or August).

2.  Place an order for children’s prizes (July or August).

3.  Purchase water and snacks for partners (September).

why we're doing it

This project will help prevent avoidable issues in our neighborhood. We hope to continue to promote awareness of the importance of clean water alongside the protection of estuaries in our community by educating the public about how to avoid preventable issues (pollution, dirty water, harm to waterfowl and wildlife, etc.). Clean water is critical for a balanced, healthy environment and this goes hand-in-hand with the protection of estuaries in our community.

Friends of Alley Pond Park’s mission is to “sustain and improve the park to benefit visitors, wildlife, and the community. We support the tradition of stewardship, history, education, recreation, and the arts.” Volunteers will be offering activities such as a native plant tour in the wildflower meadow, a bird-watching journey around Oakland Lake, and a look into the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies. We will offer canoe rides so that community members can get a more personal encounter with the nature that surrounds us. 

We will join NYC Parks & Recreation, the Urban Park Rangers, APEC, and other environmental groups in presenting this celebration.


Final budget



Outreach: $500

Refreshments: $500

Prizes and giveaways: $2,043.65

Total: $3,043.65

TOTAL RAISED = $3,090.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $46.35

Original budget

Revised Budget

Outreach: $500
Promotional gifts to all attendees/prizes for children: $2,000
Refreshments for all attendees (vendors & guests): $500
Total: $3,000


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $45.69
TOTAL TO RAISE $3,045.69


Submitted Budget

Outreach materials                  $500

Prizes for youth participation    $500

Water & snacks for partners     $500


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $46.39
TOTAL TO RAISE $1,546.39

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.



Goal reached but still fundraising!

Wow!  Today, we reached our revised goal of $3,000.  These funds will be put to good use as we make this year's Estuary Day better than ever for the participants - adults & children alike.  There will be giveaways for everyone, prizes for the children, and refreshments to quench our thirst.

We are going to keep fundraising for the remaining days to 7/31 because this is our first fundraising since 2022 and it will drive our new fiscal year that just started 7/1/23.  Please consider giving whatever you can.  While it will not be doubled, it is surely appreciated.


Almost reached our new goal!

Yes, we have exceeded our conservative goal of $1,500 and are now going for the gold with our new goal of $3,000.

Thank you to those 24 members who have donated to support our 2nd Annual Estuary Day Celebration at Oakland Lake on Sep. 23rd.  We are thrilled that we can plan to have more/better prizes for the children, a little stronger outreach presence, and to have more refreshments than we originally thought possible.

However, the campaign continues!  We are asking the community for your support to make this event memorable for adults and children alike.

May we count on you?



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Jocelyn P.
  • Anonymous - to put us over the top!
  • Steve W.
  • Luke O’Brien
  • Laura S.
  • Chris Cassa
  • Ariana Cassa
  • JoAnn S.
  • On behalf of Irene B. who gave me cash
  • Mike & Margot
  • nancy killian + Laurie gold foapp dues
  • AL
  • SL
  • Larry G.
  • Annabel Bazante Law, PLLC
  • Alicia E.
  • Margaret B.
  • michael a.
  • Anonymous
  • Robin S.
  • John Virzi
  • Okja C.
  • Susan S.
  • David Liao
  • Thomas S.
  • Brad T.
  • Lorraine E.
  • dit c.
  • Tom McGlinchey is delighted to support FoAPP!