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Help give back to your community

It’s been almost a year since the La Jolla Community Foundation took shape. Now it’s time for the fledgling organization to take a step forward, and to do that the group needs your help.

In today’s newspaper, you’ll find an envelope that you can use to send your contribution that will be used to improve the quality of life in La Jolla. (This one’s for your community, not the newspaper — although thank you all for sending even a little bit to support us.)

When the founding members set their sights on creating a homegrown nonprofit, they agreed on their mission: to encourage civic engagement and pride through local philanthropy. And they affiliated with the San Diego Foundation because of its 34-year track record in helping individuals and organizations preserve and enhance assets for the future.

Now, after a year of laying groundwork, the board of the La Jolla Community Foundation wants to get started on projects that will “foster a sense of community and connection among La Jollans,” enrich our environmental, social and cultural experiences and enhance La Jolla’s character through public art.

Perhaps the foundation will choose to spend some money to keep the fire rings at La Jolla Shores or to help beautify the Torrey Pines Road corridor. Or maybe there’s an idea that has yet to surface that will become a lasting La Jolla landmark.

The founding members — those who donate $1,000 or more a year — get a vote on projects or grant applications that are considered most deserving, but all donations large and small are welcome and appreciated.

This is a great way to take some of the materialism out of the holidays: Make a gift in the name of someone who would rather not get a gift, or remember a loved one with a contribution.

Or just contribute in the name of La Jolla and help keep it a special place for future generations.