Date: December 10, 2002
Subject: My Good Old Pickup Truck Broke Down (Again)
My Good Old Pickup Truck Broke Down (Again) - DrugSense Needs Your Year End Contribution.
Dear DrugSense/MAP Supporter:
My 12 year old pick up is in the shop again. I'll probably have to put the $850 in repairs on my credit card and pay it off over time. After 7 years of mostly seven day weeks and countless hours of hard work in developing DrugSense/MAP I would have hoped to report a better fiscal picture for DrugSense/MAP in general, for our overworked and underpaid staff, and alas for yours truly.
Unfortunately such is not the case. While I've tried valiantly for years to convince some of the major funding sources of our exceptional value to the reform movement, I'm sorry to report that I have been largely ineffective. Not to say that we have not received any support of course, but our level of support has simply never come close to the funding levels of other important organizations within reform and, despite our gallant efforts and long hours, we struggle mightily to make ends meet. This is especially true at year end when our annual grant money has run out.
In my weaker moments, I look back wistfully to the days when I drove late model cars, had an ocean view home, pulled down a six figure salary, and even owned a race horse at one point. But that was long ago and far away and, in my experience, trying to "save the world" isn't a very good career choice for people who hope to pay the rent and keep an aging vehicle running.
Bottom Line: The only option I can come up with is to come to you, hat in hand, and again ask for your financial help, if you are able, to keep our important work moving forward.
Contributing is easy. You can charge your contribution to your credit card or a PayPal account at: www.drugsense.org/donate.htm
If you prefer to donate via check, please mail your checks payable to
DrugSense or MAP Inc.
PO Box 651,Porterville,CA 93258.
Please be our partner in helping to save the world from the excesses of the War on Drugs.
Our most sincere thanks,
Mark Greer and DrugSense/MAP Staff, Tom Angell, Chip Ausley, Jay Bergstrom, Mary Jane Borden, Ashley Clements, Matt Elrod, Van Estes (Doc Hawk), Jo-D Harrison, Steve Heath, Richard Lake, Jack Lebowitz, Terry Liittschwager, Philippe Lucas, Alexandra Meyerson, Derek Rea, Doug Snead, Larry Stevens, Josh Sutcliffe and Steve Young