Wilderness Kids Alexandria enjoys the incredible support of over 140 generous individual donors. These people, couples, families, and family foundations have given gifts ranging from $10 to $5000 to support our work providing life-enriching experiences in nature to Alexandria teens from under-resourced families.
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Thank you for your gifts. Here is just a sample of what you provide.
A $5000 gift funds next year’s Weekend Outing Program in its entirety. 20 Outings, each five to seven hours, for 15 kids means 1500 to 2100 student-hours in the great outdoors–paddling, hiking, climbing, sailing, and having fun. Feeling a breeze on the face, hearing the crunch of leaves underfoot, grasping the crag of a rock in fingertips, enjoying the splash of cold water off a paddle.
Alternatively, $5000 buys all the tents, backpacks, sleeping pads, and other gear we need to take 15 kids camping for many years to come.
With $2500, a donor feeds hungry campers and staff throughout our inaugural summer program. You’ll provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks - and maybe the occasional ice cream cone - for 15 students and three staff over the course of 10 days camping in Virginia Wilderness.
Alternatively - $2500 pays for a six-week after-school program, across 3 schools and four sets of students. You will have given 60 students incredible experiences right here in Alexandria’s local parks.
With $1000, a donor funds four Weekend Outings completely, helping us to pay for incredible program partners like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, talented teachers, and delicious and healthy picnic lunches - 4 times over. Your gift creates over 300 student-hours of outdoor time - that’s about $7 for each 2 hours per student; two hours at the movie theater will cost much more, even without the popcorn!
Alternatively, with $1000 you’ve funded a 2022 Summer Staff position - for a talented teacher to lead our students on 10 days of camping immersion.
With $500, a donor supports five after-school programs, each one serving 15 students who get the chance to explore Alexandria’s local parks - Dora Kelley, Monticello, Four Mile Run, the Potomac Waterfront, and more. You’ve given 75 students more time off screens and in nature.
Alternatively, $500 funds the purchase of five top-notch backpacks that our students use on their ventures into back-country in the summertime.
With a $300 donation, you’re supporting 15 kids on our summer program by paying for a talented staff member on a three day camping trip. Wilderness Kids teachers make all the difference in the world and you do too with this gift.
Alternatively, $300 funds meals for all the students for five days of camping. Yum!
With a $100 donation, you’ve funded an after-school program where 15 kids get out to an Alexandria park for 90 minutes or more and explore, explore, explore.
Or, you’ve funded 20 kids to go indoor climbing at Movement Gym for an afternoon.
Or, you’ve funded five meals for our summer time camping program!
With $50, you’ve purchased food for 5 after-school programs. On every wilderness kids after-school program, we offer students a piece of fruit, water in reusable bottles, and a healthy granola bar.
Alternatively, $50 outfits our summertime kitchen - with a pot, a pan, a cooking spoon, some fuel, a knife, and a cutting board.
With a $25 donation, you’ve bought an entire meal for our summer time campers. Maybe it was the pancakes we ate for breakfast?
Or the PB&Js we had with carrots and chips for lunch? Or was it the mac n cheese with a veggie on the side that we planned for dinner? Whichever it was, thank you thank you!