Monday, July 23, 2012

D.C. Charity Spotlight: Supporting Youth with Washington II Washington Summer Tours

Dang, big leaf!Last month I wrote in my monthly article on giving for the Georgetowner about local D.C. nonprofits working to provide travel experiences for underserved children in the District. You can check that out HERE. I said then that "while many of us dream of winters in Whistler, British Columbia, and summer cruises off the Solomon Islands, there is a segment of inner-city youth that will never leave D.C. — or the Eastern Seaboard. In fact, the idea of needing a passport is even more foreign to them than traveling to a national park."

Recently I learned that Davy Rothbart and James Molenda, editors of FOUND Magazine, are putting together a camping trip for inner-city kids called Washington II Washington - 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 rather than the local pool, make their own S’mores as they  all tell ghost stories around a campfire they've just learned to make, learn camping and wilderness skills, and, best of all, explore the great outdoors.

Spelunking, Yay!You can learn more about the excursion and donate online to help them raise the $6,000 needed to take these kids on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. They have 24 youth who will attend if they meet their goal by August 1st. 

Learn more and donate ONLINE HERE.

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