23 September 2009

Cast Your Vote for HOURCAR

You can help HOURCAR raise funds this fall by taking part in two exciting
campaigns being run by our local business supporters. And as you know, more
money means more HOURCARs—something we all love.

Your first opportunity to support HOURCAR is through the Wedge Community
Co-op’s WedgeShare grant program. If you are a Wedge member-owner, please
don’t miss your chance to vote for HOURCAR when you receive your WedgeShare
ballot in the October/November newsletter. Voting will begin approximately
October 1 and will close on October 28 at the Co-op’s annual meeting. If
you’re not a member-owner, check out the amazing Wedge at
www.wedge.coop, or visit them in person at
2105 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Winning a WedgeShare grant would mean that we could purchase and place a
second HOURCAR in the Co-op’s neighborhood!

Your second opportunity to support us is Patagonia’s Voice Your Choice
Program. Patagonia will award three prizes of $2,500, $1,500, or $1,000 to
local environmental groups. The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) with
its HOURCAR program has been selected as a recipient. The amount of the
prize we receive is based on the number of customer votes cast for our

Your job? Visit the Patagonia store at 1648 Grand Avenue in Saint Paul (just
west of Snelling Avenue next to Macalester College) between September 24 and
October 24 and cast your vote for the NEC and HOURCAR! No purchase is
required, but you might enjoy browsing Patagonia’s full line of hiking,
climbing, fly fishing, and other silent sports apparel. Patagonia’s mission
is to “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to
inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Patagonia has
hosted an HOURCAR hub for three years and has been a terrific supporter.
More at http://www.Patagonia.com.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and for your willingness to go the extra mile
for the NEC and HOURCAR. If you have any questions, call Mary Morse at the
NEC: (651) 221-4462 Ext. 113, or marym[at]TheNEC.org.