Hello Friends... I am posting this notice out to all my friends to see if they can help me connect with businesses and other organizations that might be interested in sponsoring our efforts to make the outdoors more accessible to persons with disAbilities.
This is the time of year many businesses and individuals are looking to donate and contribute to worthy causes to make a difference in their communities and nationally.
Please realize you do not have to sponsor Access To Outdoors (ATO) directly and I certainly will not be offended if you chose not to. What I am hoping is that you will pass this post onto all those persons and businesses you think might want to contribute. In addition they can get a tax deduction as ATO is a 503C Non-profit organization.
We had some great success in 2016 with ATO projects. We were able to make Smith and Brush Lake in Boundary County North Idaho more accessible via collaborating with the US Forest Service. This coming summer of 2017 we have 2 new projects at Roman Nose and Solomon Lake.
Also at Elsie Lake we were able to make the restroom at this lake fully accessible. This was another US Forest Service facility. Making this restroom accessible had been a dream of Tom McTevia who was a retired Police officer with a disAbility. Unfortunately he did not get to see this project completed as he died in a tragic ATV accident in the same year. This improvement will be a great benefit for years to come.
We have a bran new project in development with Bureau of Land Management at their Blackwell Island facility on the Spokane River just outside of the City of Coeur d'Alene. This will be a new non-motorized-watercraft launch facility, the first of its kind in the Inland NW. In addition to this we will be working to develop several fully accessible sites on the Spokane River and on Lake Coeur d'Alene.
I should note that some of our projects are offered to young men as Eagle Scouts. Micheal Bingham was the recipient of one of our projects that allowed him to get is Eagle Scout award. If you know of any young men that need Eagle Scout projects please have them contact us.
There is so much we are doing but can not note it all here in this post. To learn more about ATO and all its projects please explore this site but click on the tabs above.
2017 is going to be a very busy year.
Please contact us if you would like to contribute and/or refer us to interested parties.
Miles Moore, President
Access To Outdoors