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Sierra Club, a non-profit entity, originated in California in 1892 and is now teh countries largest and oldest grassroots national environmental organization with two goals. First, to get people out into the environment so they will learn to appreciate and want to protect it. Second, to get people to support environmental protection agendas.
The Sierra Club still has it's main headquarters in California with chapters located in every state and in a few foreign countries.
Members get (1) a national glossy magazine every two months, (2) a chapter (state) newspaper every three months and (3) a local (group) newsletter every three months to keep them aware of the happenings and opportunities (including trips!) at all levels.
Each subdivision of a state chapter, known as a group (composed entirely of volunteers) runs their own activities, events, and programs, and has their own governing body which works in conjuction with and under the direction of the national organization. The NY Atlantic (state) chapter has 9 subgroups of which L.I. is one. Our group does not have an office (all our money goes into programs). All work is done via phone calls, email and a once a month executive committee meeting (composed of elected volunteers).
We offer free local outdoor activities all of which are open to the public, many indoor educational events, fundraisers, rallies, and more. We network with many other environmental organizations on L.I., keep a network of local activists, lobby local, county, and state officials, are memebrs of a number of coalitions, and more.
As an all volunteer organization, we are always in need of help. It can be given in short spurts of time every now and again up to lengthly commitments such as becoming directors/chairs of sub-committees.
All volunteers can choose waht to do and when to do it.
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