4th Annual Washington II Washington Hiking Trip

Help send 26 inner-city kids on a week-long adventure exploring the Great Outdoors!
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James Molenda
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Washington, District of Columbia
United States
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Short Summary

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!

 

 

The Impact

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:

http://igg.me/at/W2W2013

 

Washington II Washington Official Site:

http://www.washingtontowashington.org/ 

 

Thank you so much for your support — it is hugely appreciated!

 

 

Much love & respect,

Davy, James, Barry, Ryan, Brandon, Maggie, Kya, Morgan, Alex, A.J., Jason, Karine, Beth, and the entire Washington II Washington Team

Questions? Email us at WashingtonToWashington@gmail.com

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  • $10USD
    MORE S'MORES PLEASE!

    Every bit helps! Your contribution is very much appreciated, and all of the kids will be sending you mental high-fives as they sit around the campfire and munch on the S'mores you've provided for them!

    15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    LET'S HIT THE TRAIL!

    You rock! After we come back from the mountains, we'll email you a photo gallery from this year's trip so you can see just how much joy you brought to these awesome kids.

    31 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD
    SUMMIT FEVER!

    Thanks for giving these kids a chance to climb to the top of a mountain! You'll get everything at $25, PLUS we'll mail you a photograph of our entire group sending you love from the mountain summit.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD
    WILDERNESS SUPERSTAR!

    Your generosity is amazing! You'll get everything at $50, PLUS we'll send you a handcrafted "Thank You" card, designed by one of the kids!

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A HIKER! (Found Mags)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Wash II Wash site, PLUS the very rare full-color UK Found Book OR Found Polaroids Book and FOUND mags signed by Davy Rothbart and James Molenda.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A HIKER! (MHIAI BOOK)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Wash II Wash website, PLUS a rare 1st-Edition hardcover copy of Davy's book "My Heart is an Idiot," inscribed to you (or someone you love).

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    SPONSOR A KID! (Shots & James)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Washington II Washington website, PLUS drinks in New York City with FOUND Magazine managing editor James Molenda ... and who knows what else?

    1 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A KID! (Brooke's Bed)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Washington II Washington website, PLUS an hour-long massage from the amazing Brooke Bailey on a comfy table at Bodywise Therapeutic Massage (Ann Arbor, MI.)

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  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A KID! (MEDORA Film)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pix from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, an email about their experience, props on the Wash II Wash site, PLUS 4 free tix to the "Medora" movie premiere this fall in NYC, LA, Ann Arbor, or Indy and VIP After-Party (travel not included).

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  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A HIKER! (MEDORA DVD)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Washington II Washington website, PLUS you will receive the Deluxe Medora DVD with booklet and Medora Special Edition T-Shirt.

    3 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A KID! (Drinks w Davy)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Wash II Wash site, PLUS drinks in Los Angeles (or any city on this fall's tour) with FOUND Magazine editor Davy Rothbart (his treat).

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $200USD
    SPONSOR A HIKER! (FOUND Tour)

    The cost for each kid to go on this trip (food and supplies) is $200, so basically you're completely taking care of one of these kids-- great! Contribute this amount and after the trip you'll get everything at $100 PLUS we'll email you pictures from the trip of the kid you've sponsored, and an email about their experience, props on the Washington II Washington website, PLUS 4 free tickets to any FOUND event this fall, part of our 20-City Tour.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    MOTHER NATURE!

    WOW, your generosity is incredible-- thank you so much!! You'll get everything at $100 PLUS any TWO of the "Sponsor a Hiker" rewards, AND we'll list you on our website as a Trip Angel, AND give you a call during the trip to let you know how it's going!

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  • $1,000USD
    OFFICIAL TRIP SPONSOR!!

    Incredible! As an official trip sponsor, you'll everything at $100, PLUS any THREE of the "Sponsor A Hiker" prizes, PLUS we'll list your name and/or business on our Washington II Washington website as an Official Sponsor (with links to your website), give you a free FULL-PAGE ad in the new issue of FOUND Magazine AND mention your kindness widely to make sure that your generosity gets the recognition it deserves.

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