Kids like Malia Need your help

We need to raise $20,000 by October 31, and right now your impact can be doubled! Will you lend a hand?
Caitlin O'Brien Caitlin O'Brien
October 16, 2015

We met Malia, a shy and insecure 9-year old, through a program we offer for formerly homeless kids at Brettler Family Place located in Magnuson Park. Growing up at Brettler, Malia was not encouraged to play outside or explore the park - literally her back yard.

After a series of Mountain Workshop sessions where she learned how to climb, pull invasive weeds, and to be safe exploring the park, Malia has grown to be a confident explorer recently leading her family on an expedition to plant tree saplings just outside their front door. She proudly calls Magnuson Park her home.

Malia developed a connection with the outdoors. But there are countless other kids with little contact with nature.

We're worried that only 10% of America's youth say they spend time outside every day. You and I know that if they're not connected to nature, they won't be inspired to protect it. We can't afford that! 

The Mountaineers has programs that can engage young people like Malia - kids who haven't grown up outdoors. But we can't deliver those programs without you.  Please help us raise as much as we can for the youth that need it the most. 

Two generous members have offered a $20,000 matching gift for youth programs if we can raise $20,000 from supporters like you before October 31.

Donations of any size truly make a difference.  Will you help us?