Dear Marina Dock Members
This month we have to make a direct appeal for funds. April
was a thoroughly dismal month for us financially; in the last
fifteen days of the month we received one check for $100.00.
We have to assume rising energy costs coupled with the April
15th tax deadline has tapped everyone out. The rising cost of
energy has already impacted our costs of goods and services;
I paid $2 more for a 2lb bag of coffee the other day. It's still
too early to push the panic button. We are not ready to implement
draconian measures like reducing services and raising prices,
but by the same token, we are not ruling anything out. A decision
was made to wait until the end of May to see if there is more
stability on the geopolitical front and hopefully lower energy
I am confident we
can weather this storm with your help. We have been in situations
like this in the past and our supporters have always come forward
and answered the call. I know numbers are boring I would rather
be telling stories and working on my writing skills, but we
are a business - a small business. Such businesses are difficult
to keep afloat and subject to the same cost as big corporations,
proportionately, even more so. For example, in April, in addition
to our everyday expenses we paid $6,000 in federal payroll taxes,
$1,500 in State Unemployment insurance and other Miscellaneous
charges, $2,200 in accountancy and bookkeeping charges (for
last year 2005), and another $1,200 in workers compensation
insurance due May 12th. Yes, the cost of doing business in this
economy particularly in California is probably one of the highest
in the world. However, we are still not ready to move, not yet.
We Are Doing Our
"the mother of invention" we have decided to get into
the "donate your car" area of fundraising. It's probably
something we should have gotten into a lot sooner, my fault;
I thought it was a lot more complicated than it actually is.
Perhaps in a way the spiralling gas prices could in fact be
a propitious blessing in disguise for us. If you are someone
who bought a brand new car when gas was a buck fifty you might
now be ready to unload that behemoth, opting for other modes
of transportation like a bicycle or walking. If you are thinking
about getting rid of your car we will be happy to oblige, see
the details below.
In any event we could certainly use
you help this month and as always no contribution is too large
or too small. We are probably one of the only meeting places
in the country where people who are new and or broke can hang
out all day and attend meetings.
P.O. B.1000 Leavenworth, KS
whom it may concern,
Please know I will no longer be at this address after March
2006. I am moving to Alameda and hope to one day come and give
support to your truly wonderful Meeting House.
Thank you for all the help!
Your Vehicle To The Marina Dock
make it easy for you: fast, courteous,
Convenient, and a tax write-off!
And the proceeds from your donated vehicle are so helpful to
In just a few minutes time, we'll arrange to pick up the vehicle,
give you a donation receipt, and take care of DMV paperwork.
Yes we accept vehicles that have high mileage, wear and tear,
and a lot of years (in most cases), so please don't hesitate
to give it a try! We can accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV's