Are you missing out on this FREE resource?
The Great Lakes, Connecting Communities Toolbox is now available!

The Great Lakes, Connecting Communities Communications Toolbox provides FREE, focused, ready-to-use tools and communications products related to water quality and quantity issues, habitat protection and invasive species in the Great Lakes Basin.

The Toolbox CD-ROM includes hundreds of organized royalty-free images, up-to-date media contacts for each Great Lake state and Canada (thousands of targeted names in print, radio, television and Web publications); communications tips, audience research, and more!

If you haven’t already applied for your free copy, you can do so by visiting and clicking on “Connecting Communities Toolbox” or call Jill at 231.347.1181.

Resources to strengthen nonprofit Boards of Directors
“BoardSource:, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors, provides practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Nonprofit Provides Free Internet Services to Charities is a nonprofit organization working to change the world via the Internet at the local, national, and international level. serves other nonprofit organizations by providing free Internet services, including full-featured web hosting and email services, as well as free legal consulting on matters such as incorporation, application for tax-exempt 501(c)3 status, general employment, and tax and risk management issues.

Green Media Toolshed
Green Media Toolshed (GMT) is a nonprofit organization that provides online media and communications tools to the environmental community. In brief, the tools include access to a comprehensive, searchable online media database that features over 350,000 contacts in North America and 175,000 international media contacts. GMT also provides access to over 6,000 photos that members can use in their media work as well as on their own website, a fully branded online press room, a community calendar and several web enhancement tools that allow groups to manage campaigns and volunteers in a secure, online area.

Contact: Bobbi Russell,, 202-326-8709

Restoration On-Line Resource:
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has launched a new action-oriented website to promote G r e a t L a k e s Restoration. The site is designed to be a one-stop-shop for advocates to learn more about and get involved in the current policy initiatives to restore the Great Lakes. Visitors can also read and submit information about restoration projects around the Basin

Helping Citizens Clean Up Polluted Habitats
Help is on the way to former industrial communities in the Midwest looking to shed their tarnished Rust Belt image. “A Community Guide to Contaminated Sediment Cleanup,” published by the Alliance with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, encourages communities to get involved in local contaminated sediment cleanups. The guide provides background information on contaminated sediments, describes the basic steps in a cleanup process, and highlights the value of strong community involvement throughout the process. Designed for community leaders or local groups to refer to at the start of a cleanup, it provides a basic overview of what to expect and why the community should become involved. The guide and a companion Power Point presentation can be downloaded from the Alliance for the Great Lakes web site



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