Help the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Many of us at ECW have roots or connections to the battlefields around the Fredericksburg area: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Brandy Station. It’s no wonder, then, that the regional preservation group, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), has a special place in many of our hearts.

Today is “Community Give” day in Fredericksburg, and CVBT is one of the participating agencies. They’re trying to raise $24,000 by day’s end. We’d be mighty obliged if you’d be willing to help them out by making a donation.

This year alone, CVBT has “worked to acquire several parcels either by outright purchase or partnership with others,” the told supporters this morning. Just this year alone, they’ve successfully supported the following projects:

  • Norfolk Artillery Site in Fredericksburg (4.7 acres)
  • Stonewall Brigade track #2 – Chancellorsville (1.59 acres)
  • Hill/Ewell Buffer 1/2 acre- Wilderness (.5 acres)
  • Benchmark Road-Fredericksburg (25 acres-$100,000.00 to Civil War Trust to assist in purchase)
  • Pelham’s Corner (Site monument protection and expansion)
  • Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads (355 acres-$50,000.00 to Civil War Trust to assist in purchase)

“There are several other properties in the works that can not yet be announced,” they said.

According to CVBT’s email:

The Community Give is a 24-hour day of giving on Tuesday May 3rd, 2015 from 12:00 a.m. until midnight. It is a day when everyone is asked to make a donation and show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively impact our lives every day. The Community Foundation and generous sponsors of The Community Give are offering $100,000 in cash prizes (grants) for participating nonprofits as a way to build excitement and maximize the benefits for donors and nonprofits.

An important note: “The Community Give folks have let us know there is an issue with non profit sites,” CVBT said in a follow-up. “When you click on the donation link below you may see the CVBT page but the option and info for donating may be missing. They have asked that if this happens you wait several minutes until it appears or please try again later. This is a very unfortunate development and completely out of our control.”

As a result, some sixty communities nationwide who were likewise conducting campaigns were similarly impacted by the high volume of traffic. Community Give has consequently extended to program through NOON on Wednesday, May 4.

“Thank you for your support and patience,” CVBT says. “Don’t Give Up!”

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