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.
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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