BENEFITING: WOODS PROJECT INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 19, 2015
Grit - when you head out into the woods, it comes with the territory. It's the stuff in your boots after a long hike. It's the stuff that gets you out of bed at 6 am when you need to haul your lazy butt, worn-out legs and 40-pound pack over that pass so you can make it to the next campsite before the rain arrives. And according to a growing body of research, it's the stuff that students need for lifelong success.
The Woods Project is a fantastic organization dedicated to giving low-income high school students wilderness experiences that build the social and emotional skills - grit, perseverance, independence, adaptability, curiosity, collaboration - that they need to pursue their goals. By pulling kids out of their native contexts and placing before them challenges ranging from grueling hikes, to pooping in the woods, to spending two weeks without Instagram, to putting their survival in the hands of teammates who were strangers only days ago, TWP offers students life-changing personal growth. And TWP serves Houston's low-income public school students, who may never otherwise have the opportunity to visit America's treasured wildernesses - to know that the woods is a place for everyone, a place to to grow and be inspired, a place they must love and protect.
This summer - July 19-August 1 - I will be accompanying a dozen or so high schoolers and two fellow leaders for two weeks in Glacier National Park. The trip includes five days of backcountry camping; the rest of the time is spent at the Glacier Institute, an outdoor education center. Though I expect my first backpacking trip to be as physically and personally challenging for me as it is for the kids, I could not be more excited to cross mountains with them.
Airfare, buses, gear and supplies for the trail, permits, accommodations and programming at the Institute - trips like this aren't free for students or for trip leaders. That's why I have purchased my own (stupid expensive) flight to Kalispell, MT, and why I am hoping to drum up a little support for this great organization from my friends and family. Ironically, the event that freed up my time to finally participate in this incredible volunteer opportunity - being laid off from my job - has also limited the resources I can contribute. I would be so, so grateful for your help.
If you believe in sending kids (and their soon-to-be-favorite chaperone) into the woods for some serious personal growth, please consider chipping in a tax-deductible donation to the Woods Project. I promise each donor that I will carve your name in a tree as evidence of our deep gratitude! JUST KIDDING. We will be leaving no trace. But I CAN promise you a little personalized photographic something. It'll be great. :)
Thanks for considering my request. To learn more:
- Feel free to contact me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn more about TWP at their website, thewoodsproject.org.
- Follow TWP on Facebook (facebook.com/thewoodsproject) or Instagram (@thewoodsproject, #TWPsummer15) for a steady stream of pics and updates from all their summer trips.
One last thing: When you make a donation, you'll see that Crowdrise adds an optional service fee. This fee covers the bite that Visa or Mastercard takes out of every transaction - about 2.5% - plus Crowdrise's overhead for maintaining the site. Most crowdfunding sites simply take 5-11% on the back end, and donors never see it. Here, you have the option of chipping in the processing fee so that TWP receives 100% of your donation amount - and if you choose to cover the fee, you have the option of paying the recommended amount or choosing a different amount. If you choose not to cover the fee, Crowdrise will keep 1-5% of your donation on the back end. Again, this is typical of all donation websites - it's just the reality of fundraising online. Whether or not to pay the additional fee is COMPLETELY up to you - either way, I and TWP are deeply grateful for your support! I just wanted you to have all the information before you get to the payment page and see the unexplained fee.