Let’s face it: We all work hard, and when you play hard­er, that makes all the hard work worth it. And while it’s easy to lose time punch­ing a clock and spend­ing any free time look­ing for ways to sat­is­fy our own needs, it’s impor­tant to carve out some time putting in effort that ben­e­fits oth­ers. Since April is Nation­al Vol­un­teer Month, we thought we’d share how some of our team mem­bers give back not just this month, but year round.

Every Sat­ur­day, Tyler Bullen, one of our brand event man­agers respon­si­ble for bring­ing you sweet deals each day, leads a class for low-income, but high-achiev­ing high school stu­dents. The class is a part of the efforts of Minds Mat­ter, an orga­ni­za­tion fund­ed by dona­tions, and offers men­tor­ing pro­grams for stu­dents who have all the poten­tial to obtain a col­lege edu­ca­tion, but lack the oppor­tu­ni­ties and access to the tools they’d need to get there. Found­ed in 1991, Minds Mat­ters helps these, often times first-gen­er­a­tion, poten­tial col­lege stu­dents nav­i­gate acquir­ing finan­cial aid, fill­ing out appli­ca­tions, and networking.

“I believe it’s impor­tant to give back to my com­mu­ni­ty,” Tyler said. “So every Sat­ur­day I lead a group of high school stu­dents and their adult men­tors in class dis­cus­sions and activ­i­ties that help pre­pare them for col­lege. For me, know­ing that I help stu­dents become the first in their fam­i­lies to attend a four-year uni­ver­si­ty is worth giv­ing up a good chunk of my Sat­ur­days. And in Port­land, the trails are so close I can still ride into the moun­tains in the evenings after class.”

Two oth­er Clymb team mem­bers, Britt Her­man­s­ki and Lau­ra Grieser, found the per­fect way to sup­port a cause they love and get out­doors at the same time. They head up the Port­land chap­ter of She Jumps! To achieve their mis­sion of increas­ing female par­tic­i­pa­tion in out­door activ­i­ties, She Jumps! builds a sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty that inspires its mem­bers to reach their high­est poten­tial and encour­ages oth­er women to as well.

The group orga­nizes week­ly socials, ski out­ings,  and oth­er adven­ture trips, includ­ing an upcom­ing all-female sum­mit of Mt. Shas­ta with all pro­ceeds going to Big City Mountaineers.

Britt (left) and Lau­ra pro­mote She Jumps! at a Teton Grav­i­ty Research ski film premiere.

Lau­ra shared their think­ing behind found­ing a Port­land chap­ter: “When Britt and I first got togeth­er, we shared one com­mon vision: bring She­Jumps to Port­land. Found­ed in Salt Lake City in 2007, She­Jumps cur­rent­ly has chap­ters in Col­orado, Wyoming, Cal­i­for­nia, and now, Port­land and the Colum­bia Gorge. When we launched the Port­land chap­ter in Feb­ru­ary of 2011, we weren’t sure what to expect. A year lat­er, we could­n’t be hap­pi­er with it’s growth and out­come. Word spread quick­ly as Alas­ka, Col­orado, Utah, and east coast trans­plants sought out like-mind­ed adven­tur­ous women. In just over a year, we’ve reached sev­en­ty mem­bers, and have par­tic­i­pat­ed in a broad range of out­door activ­i­ties includ­ing: avalanche aware­ness cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cours­es, relay races, ski and back­pack­ing trips, hik­ing and bik­ing days, climb­ing nights, yoga ses­sions, etc. So far, She­Jumps PDX has pro­vid­ed a great out­let for adven­ture, and more impor­tant­ly, friend­ship. We’re thrilled to see where the next year takes us!” And while the group does­n’t exclude men, they are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing women with the tools they need to plan their own adventures.

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