0% of $50,000 goal
What a journey the Outdoor Inclusion Coalition has been on since January 2023. We launched our ski program, and as I type, we're launching our urban camping program in Pittsburgh. It's been an amazing ride thus far, creating programs that have supported a positive, impactful relationship with the outdoors, self, and community.
Through all of our programs, like many community-serving organizations, our greatest obstacle has been transportation. We've utilized chartered buses, ride share, and micro-mobility to cover any fee associated with a participant engaging in a recreational activity. While all these coverage options are great, they limit our ability to support the community's interest in greater exploration. The OIC champions the value of localized, proximal outdoor experiences but understands the importance of exploring. To provide mental rest, expand horizons, or experience a deep appreciation for the environment and the places the spaces we share. Whether experiencing a state or national park, skiing or snowboarding, or taking a hike at a regional park for the first or hundredth time, The Outdoor Inclusion Coalition has been urged by the community to be that conduit to the outdoors.
To fulfill that need, we need your help. A contribution to the vehicle acquisition fund would provide adequate monetary resources for The Outdoor Inclusion Coalition to purchase a 15-person passenger van. The vehicle would support the growth of the OIC winter sports and camping program, allowing greater capacity to support youth and families by providing increased outdoor experiences and continuations for the community to rest and engage in the outdoors for years to come.
The Outdoor Inclusion Coalition's mission is to attract, engage, and retain underserved populations in the outdoors. We serve as a collaborative space for 160+ non-profits, for-profits, governmental agencies, and residents to collaborate to develop the outdoor industry recreationally and professionally. For the industry to thrive, we believe collaboratively addressing five areas; community-driven projects, equity-driven legislation, career readiness & visioning, collective support systems, and accessible activities are required.