Dear Friends of the Grove –
It was twenty-five years ago – when the AIDS epidemic was at its worst – that a group of San Franciscans sought to create the uniquely sacred space that became the National AIDS Memorial Grove. The Grove has since evolved into a breathtaking, award-winning landscape and the Nation’s only federally-designated AIDS Memorial. This special space honors all lives touched by AIDS, ensuring that those whose lives have been lost will never be forgotten and their stories will be known by future generations. As a result, we always strive to make this space as beautiful as the memories it inspires.
Spring is the season of hope and renewal; a time of new growth and increased light. In the spirit of new beginnings, I personally invite you to support our spring initiatives for beautification and improvement of the Grove. With the support of trusted volunteers and financial supporters alike, we will accomplish the following projects this spring and summer:
- Resurface the two roads bordering the Grove’s meadow with a durable product made of natural pine tree resin.
- Build a boardwalk through the Redwood Grove, making it completely accessible to individuals with mobility challenges while also protecting the Redwoods’ shallow root systems.
- Plant azaleas and other low, native species to complement the new boardwalk and breathe new life into the Redwood Grove understory.
The landscape of the Grove will continue to evolve and transform thanks to the countless hours that thousands of volunteers have devoted to it, but we also rely on a steady stream of financial support. The generosity of donors ensures that this national memorial will exist in perpetuity for all who seek hope, healing and remembrance. Knowing this, I ask you to give generously to fund our important seasonal improvements and our ongoing mission to share the stories of our courageous loved ones.
Thank you in advance for your commitment; I look forward to sharing our progress throughout the year.
John B. Cunningham