In response to my friends, family and community asking how they could support me in planning and executing my thru-hike of Vermont’s Long Trail, I was inspired to create a fundraiser for The Venture Out Project and raised $1791 that went directly towards scholarships for Queer Youth Backpacking trips.
The Venture Out Project is a Massachusetts based organization that designs Wilderness Trips And Outdoor Education by providing a safe and fun way for members of the Queer, Trans and LGBTQI community to get out into the woods and experience the beauty of nature. “We believe that venturing out provides us an opportunity for fun, friendship and even some self-reflection.”
“We at The Venture Out Project are committed to providing wilderness trips to anyone within the queer community, regardless of financial constraints. We aim to keep the cost of our trips low, but we know that they still remain out of reach for many members of our community. As a non-profit organization, every dollar we collect in tuition goes directly to program costs, but that still does not cover the complete cost of our operations. Your donation to The Venture Out Project will help provide trans* and queer participants the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a safe, supportive and environmentally conscious way.”