Gila National Forest (Silver City, NM): The Gila National Forest was established in 1905, yet part of it; “The Gila Wilderness, was established in 1924 as the first designated wilderness in the country.” The forest encloses a total area of 4,235 square miles of beautiful, rugged terrain. “The Gila National Forest boasts a rich history of the Mogollon and Apache Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans, ranchers, prospectors and miners.” The group will be doing trail work!
GLIDE (San Francisco, CA): “GLIDE's mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.” During this trip you will help serve the homeless by serving meals. At GLIDE you will help empower people towards their personal transformation and recovery.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, UT): "The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America's animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation.” They hope to lead by example sharing and promoting new programs and ideas to help animals. The animal sanctuary owns nearly 3,700 acres, and leases another 17,000 acres for their approximate 1,700 animals. Their vision is to create “A better world through kindness to animals”.
Refugee Focus (Phoenix, AZ):The group will be working with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. They are dedicated to helping refugees from troubled nations throughout the world establish new lives in Arizona, which includes establishing safety, community connections and economic self-reliance. Volunteers will be able to participate in a variety of activities, such as helping refugees learn how to use their local public library, taking youth on a hike or outdoor excursion, helping with after-school program activities and more! A great opportunity to make a positive impact on refugee individuals and families.