From January 1 - March 31, RISE is collecting donations through the fundraising parking meters located at different locations around the downtown Parry Sound area. All funds raised through the parking meters will be used by RISE to help support the services, programs, and events our organization runs.
The parking meter fundraising initiative began when parking downtown became free in late 2016, and most of the parking meters were removed. The remaining meters were paint red and kept to provide an opportunity to raise funds for local community organizations. The initiative is overseen by the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association (PSDBA) and has already raised funds for Harvest Share, Treetops Community Forest, and Community Living Parry Sound.
There are nearly a dozen meters, one located near each of the following establishments downtown: the LCBO, Bargain Shop, Post Office, Wellingtons, TD Bank, White Squall, Jessica Vergeer Studios, Bearly Used Books, Old Fire Hall, and Lil’s.
So, the next time you see one of these red meters, unload some of those spare coins weighing down your wallet and pockets. Don't forget to look under your couch cushions, furniture, jackets and to check all the little nooks and crannies in your car! Every little penny, dime, nickle, and quarter on its own may not be much, but when you count them all together, those small coins make big change!
RISE thanks everyone for their contributions, as well as the PSDBA for their efforts in establishing and maintaining this great fundraising initiative!