Let us never, ever forget that there used to be a shipyard over there across the river!
On behalf of the former employees and members of the twelve blue-collar and four white-collar affiliated unions of Mare Island and other employee organizations, we are soliciting donations and gifts to help us pay for the restoration of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard logo on the Wichels Causeway Bridge. The logo is prominently visible as one travels onto Mare Island from Vallejo.
Mare Island Naval Shipyard employees and U.S. Navy personnel have a proud tradition of service on Mare Island, and the Mare Island logo mounted over the causeway was a bright, shiny symbol of the future, the state of our jobs and the Navy’s mission to build and repair ships. Sadly, that logo is fading away, much like many of the memories of the greatest Naval Shipyard on the West Coast. Through your generous tax-deductible donations to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, (MIHPF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are seeking your support of our efforts to restore the Mare Island logo. The City of Vallejo plans to repaint the causeway during the 2017-2018 timeframe, and we plan to restore the logo during that period. Help us preserve the history of Mare Island, and the memory of the employees whose contributions and sacrifice of American labor created the oldest naval shipyard on the west coast of the United States. The 20th anniversary of closing Mare Island will be soon, on April 1, 2016.
We estimate $5,000 to $10,000 in funds will be required to restore the logo. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation receives no funds from the U.S. Navy and relies on the generous gifts and contributions of individual donors and corporate sponsors. All gifts are tax deductible and are recognized appropriately.
Ways to Give
• Donate directly to the Logo Restoration Fund through PayPal:
Contributions by check should be clearly designated: “MIHPF – Logo” and mailed to:
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
1100 Railroad Avenue
Vallejo CA 94592
• Gifts of cash can be made online at: http://www.mareislandmuseum.org/contact/donations
• Checks (made payable to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation or MIHPF)
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. We need all of your help, in solidarity. Please contact Tom Watson at 707-507-5249 or email: MareIslandLabor@gmail.com for more information.