Your Smiles for Watoga State Park Make A Difference

Smiles for Watoga make a difference. This Old Growth Forest is one of the Foundation's projects to preserve and protect so you too can enjoy. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation, Inc.
This Old Growth Forest is one of the Foundation’s projects to preserve and protect so you too can enjoy. Your smile helps Watoga. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation, Inc.

Do you know how easy it is to help The Watoga State Park Foundation make worthwhile improvements at the park? On the positive side, it doesn’t cost you a penny! In fact, it takes just a minute or two to change a couple of settings on your Amazon account. Voila! In essence, help us make your smiles for Watoga memorable.

Moreover, a portion of all your future purchases at the online retailer goes directly to the Foundation to help the park. Without a doubt, that definitely counts as several smiles for Watoga.

Besides it’s so easy that we’re going to let Amazon’s step-by-step directions explain how to do this on your phone or computer:

You Too Can Help Watoga While You Shop

AmazonSmile is a way customers can support their favorite charitable organization every time they shop with Amazon, at no additional cost.

Customers who shop at smile.amazon.com will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the eligible purchase price to the charity of your choice.

Signing up is easy!

How to sign up for AmazonSmile

If you shop using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app
2. Navigate to the main menu (=)
3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
4. Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.

If you prefer to shop using a web browser:

1. Visit smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
3. Select your charity
4. Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for your chosen charity. Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.

Source: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile

Keep Watoga Smiling

Please choose The Watoga State Park Foundation as your designated charity. Without a doubt, it is greatly appreciated. Please share this information or link with your friends and family. When you donate smiles to Watoga, we smile too.

Happy shopping! Remember to smile today.

Watoga State Park Foundation logo
The Watoga State Park is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Your donations may be tax deductible.

Our Volunteers Have Big Hearts At Watoga State Park

The volunteers at Watoga State Park work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve your experience at the park. Consequently, individuals and businesses graciously donate time, services, talents, materials, and yes, monies too. After all, they never expect anything in return. Above all, here at the Watoga State Park Foundation, our volunteers, donors, organizations, and businesses selflessly help the park.

Volunteers at Watoga are nearing completion of restorative efforts on the Workman-Jarvis Cabin. It's in a wooded setting with a green metal roof. Hand-hewn rails line the new porch. Photo by the Watoga State Park Foundation.
Volunteers at Watoga are nearing the completion of restorative efforts on the Workman-Jarvis Cabin. Photo by the Watoga State Park Foundation.

Built in 1887: A Cabin Well Worth Saving

Significantly, in 2018, the Watoga State Park Foundation began discussing the deteriorating condition of the historic Workman-Jarvis Cabin off of the Anne Bailey Trail. Without intervention, money and volunteers, this pioneer cabin, built in 1887, certainly would no longer be a part of Watoga’s rich and storied history.

Further, by the summer of 2019, critical foundation work began on the historic Workman-Jarvis Cabin off the Anne Bailey Trail. Of course, skilled tradespeople and our volunteers were on site.

Extensive foundation repairs were required to be completed on the Workman-Jarvis cabin. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation.
A “before” photo of the foundation of the Workman-Jarvis Cabin. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation.
An "after" photo of this log cabin shows the extensive foundation work that was necessary to save this historic cabin from certain ruin. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation.
An “after” view of the foundation work completed at the Workman-Jarvis cabin site. Photo by The Watoga State Park Foundation.

There’s still some work to do. After all, we’ll get there. But now, because of all of you, the finish line is in sight for the Workman-Jarvis Cabin restoration project.

These Thanks Are For Our Volunteers and Donors!

The following quote aptly describes the volunteers at Watoga State Park.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew, author

With that in mind, the Watoga State Park Foundations extends its sincere appreciation to the following volunteers, businesses, and donors for your help with this project. Without you, this never would have been possible.

Ethan Burgess
Vada Boback
David Elliott
Gail Hyer
Wayne Pollard
Paul Speyser
Ken Springer
Anne and Sollie Workman
The Workman Family

Beckwith Lumber Company
Glades Building Supply
Interstate Lumber Company
Jim C. Hamer Lumber Company
Judy Fencecraft
Mon Power
Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Pocahontas County Historical Society

News You Can Use To Volunteer Or Donate

Moreover, we will keep park visitors, volunteers, and donors updated on completion dates, activities under development, and what this cabin may mean to you in the near future.

If you would like to volunteer your time and/or services to help Watoga, please click here. Also, donors can find more information here.

We close with a quote by Jim Rohn, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and author: “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

About the Author

John Dean is a writer, editor, and journalist. He is a member of the Watoga State Park Foundation Board of Directors. You can reach John at .