Whether you have a lot of time or a little, you can help create the East Coast Greenway! We depend on the support of our members, donors, and volunteers to advance the ECG vision. The ECG and its constituent trails can improve public health, lessen roadway congestion, and bring economic benefits to the communities along the Greenway corridor. Please support our efforts to build an American legacy.
Don’t know where to begin? Here are few places to start:
Photo: Volunteers in Lynn, MA help cleanup a future section of the Bike to the Sea Path, a segment of the East Coast Greenway. Photo by: Chris and Sharon Santillo
Support us with a donation
Supporting the ECGA financially is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help the Greenway become a reality. Your tax-deductible contributions help support ECGA efforts on the local and national levels, and we depend on this support to promote the vision and get the trail on the ground. Become an ECGA Member, join the Close the Gaps Club, make a direct donation or sponsor a mile of trail.
No matter how much time you have, or whether you’d rather ride your bike or write a letter, there are so many ways that you can help make a big difference for the East Coast Greenway.
Get involved with your state committee!
Photo: A young volunteer in Connecticut installs signage along the ECG to help travelers find their way. Photo: Bill O’Neill.
Our volunteer state committees are always looking for dedicated people to help with their changing and on-going needs. Supporting local trails, writing letters, attending events and meetings, route field checks – these are all examples of things state volunteers do to advance the ECG and their local trails.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Tell others about the ECG. The more people who know about it, the faster we can get it done!
Work to get your local trails built. The ECG is made up of local trails, so the efforts you make to help build trails in your community will help the ECG as well.
Ask your local officials to complete the ECG in your community. They hear it from us, but if you live there it will mean that much more coming from you!
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Get the word out to the whole community! Check out our Advocacy Toolkit for sample letters.
Get out on your favorite trail! Increased trail use puts all trails a little higher on your local, state, and federal governments’ radar screens. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the East Coast Greenway!
Chamber of Commerce
Do you own a business located along the East Coast Greenway? Or are you involved in an aspect of trail planning or building? Joining our Chamber of Commerce allows you to advertise on our website and materials to reach out to trail users and people who could use your services.
Become an ECGA Member
An increasing membership strengthens our voice as we call for trail development from Maine to Florida. For annual contributions of just $40 per individual or $60 per family, you can become a member of this visionary organization! Our national and state leaders need to see we have thousands of supporters for them to prioritize our “trail connecting cities.”As a bonus, members receive discounts on events, merchandise and a free annual print newsletter.
Close the Gaps Club
Individuals or families donating $1,000 to the ECGA in a single year will gain membership to the Close the Gaps Club. Members will be permanently recognized on a plaque to be placed at a prominent location along the Greenway.
Sponsor a Mile of the Trail
MoreECG mile sponsors have the option of having their names or short inscriptions posted on plaques along the trail in the state of their choice while providing needed operating funds to the Alliance.
Advocacy Toolkit and Signage
The actual Greenway trail is funded via public funds, included federal transportation funds and local and state bonds. The East Coast Greenway Alliance doesn’t build or own trail: they are locally owned and managed.
Alliance work is funded through contributions, membership dues, corporate sponsorships, grants, mile sponsorships, merchandise sales, event income, and more. Alliance funds largely go toward staffing that supports advocacy, communication, promotion of the vision, and collaborative work.
For more information, please peruse our financial documents:
If you would like further information, please contact Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECGA’s Executive Director.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible.