Hello, Davy Rothbart and James Molenda here! We're the editors of FOUND Magazine, and each summer - with the generous help of friends like you - we put together a camping trip for inner-city kids called Washington II Washington. Thank you so much for checking out the short video above, and contributing what you can to help this summer's trip come to life!
Washington II Washington is an annual hiking adventure taking city kids from Washington, D.C., Southeast Michigan, and New Orleans on a week-long camping trip to climb mountains and explore some of the country's most beautiful wilderness areas. Along the way, these kids will see animals they didn't know existed, swim in fresh, crisp lake-water, make their own S’mores as we all tell ghost stories around a campfire they've just learned to make, learn camping and wilderness skills, and explore the Great Outdoors!
Last year, the kids had a blast taking in the breathtaking views from atop Seneca Rocks in West Virginia's Dolly Sods National Recreation Area. Some of the highlights included finding a hidden swimming hole deep in the forest and meeting new animal friends, both big (DEER!) and small (SKUNKS!) alike. This year, we'll journey to the backwoods of Northwest Pennsylvania in the Allegheny National Forest, where we'll hike the summit of Tracy Ridge, camp outdoors, and keep our eyes peeled for even more hidden swimming holes and other hidden treasures!
The trip was inspired by our friendship with D.C. native Emmanuel Durant, Jr. After his tragic death on New Year's Eve, 2009, we teamed up with Emmanuel's family to create these annual trips as a way to introduce inner-city kids to the magic of nature and pay tribute to Emmanuel.
What We Need & What You Get
We have almost 30 wonderful, deserving kids who are excited to go camping and hiking this summer, but we would love to raise $8,000 by August 7th in order to make the trip happen.
Honestly, the biggest reward you'll receive from contributing is the knowledge that you've helped some awesome kids get out into nature — some for the first time in their lives — and have some new, life-enriching experiences. That said, we'll also be sending out photos of the trip, handmade Thank You cards, and all kinds of other special prizes to those who offer support. Check out the full range of Perks listed to the right. Have a special Perks request that we didn't include? Don't hesitate to email us and ask!
Our trips have no specific agenda — we seek only to introduce kids who have rarely left D.C., Detroit and New Orleans (or even their own neighborhoods) to the joys of nature and wilderness hiking and give them a chance to experience something brand-new and have an exciting adventure. Over the past two Washington II Washington hikes, we trip leaders have seen that look of accomplishment and inspiration that fills the kids' faces when we've reached the top of a mountain. It's amazing! You can check out photo galleries of our 2011 and 2012 trips here to get a sense for just how special our Washington II Washington trips seem to be to these kids.
Other Ways You Can Help
Besides contributing financially, there are other ways that you can help us make our 4th Annual Washington II Washington trip a reality:
* Email links to this IndieGoGo fundraising page and our Washington II Washington website to your family and friends. The URLs are below.
* Help us spread the word! Post links to this fundraising page and our Washington II Washington site on Facebook and Twitter. This makes an absolutely HUGE difference! The more people who learn about the trip, the better chance we have of raising the funds we need.
* Donate gear. We are always in need of tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, and other camping and hiking supplies. To arrange a contribution of this kind, email us at WashingtonToWashington@gmail.com.
So, please help us distribute these URLs and get the word out!
Washington II Washington IndieGoGo Fundraising Page shortlink:
Washington II Washington Official Site:
Thank you so much for your support — it is hugely appreciated!
Much love & respect,
Questions? Email us at WashingtonToWashington@gmail.com