Peak 7 Adventures – Year End Giving

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4
Dear Peak 7 Friends and Family,

As a supporter of Peak 7, you've been instrumental in not just keeping our lights on as an organization, but also ensuring we're able to continue the valuable work of introducing and growing youth through outdoor adventure.You've kept our staff and those we serve in your prayers, donated through one time and monthly gifts during a financially trying year for many, volunteered your time to serve youth on trips, and have participated in events and fundraising activities with excitement and encouragement.
We are endlessly grateful for the support and love we've received this past season and want to extend the most heartfelt of thank-yous for those who have been on the front lines with us! Your words and actions have made a tremendous difference. We've been able to lead trips safely with over 40 of our partner organizations and  nearly 1000 participants. We've been able to show youth in the northwest the beauty of creation and their own strength through challenging circumstances.

The most memorable moments from past summer came from youth opening up about the uncertainty this year has brought and how adventures with Peak 7 have impacted them forever. One of these was Reese Smith. Reese first heard about Peak 7 when she was in and out of a rehabilitation center in Seattle, battling addiction and searching for purpose and meaning in her life. 
Through a combination of rock-climbing, rafting, backpacking, and eventual mountain ascent, she was able to grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually alongside other young women in the outdoors. We had a chance to connect with Reese this summer in preparation for our fall fundraiser, and had a chance to hear how her life has been altered in the years since the trips with Peak 7. The transition back into the real world can certainly be tough after you've spent time unplugged and in real connection with others in the outdoors, but for Reese, some valuable lessons and a new perspective endured. "I was homeless for about five months in Seattle, and the entire time I kept telling myself it was a mountain I was climbing – and that I may not be able to see the top, but I’ll get there," Reese explained, “I kept reminding myself to keep going and keep pushing, and that even though it hurts – the views are beautiful and you grow stronger with every step." As we look ahead to 2021, an adventure like Reese's may be exactly what kids need after a year of isolation, fear and uncertainty. They need reminders now more than ever that they are brave and can overcome hard moments in their lives, as long as they lean on others in the process.
As we move into 2021, it's become clear that the challenges presented in 2020 will continue and we need to be prepared and resilient going into another season of uncertainty. While we had hoped that the new year would bring a return to normalcy – especially with a few exciting milestones in the vaccine world), there will still be tough times ahead for Peak 7 and the organizations and youth that we serve. 
And with those challenges, we need your help to make sure that nothing holds back young people from experiencing the transformation that comes from experiences in nature! Here's how you can join our mission to raise $20,000 before the end of the year and help us reach our goals in the coming season:

1. Please consider giving a generous one time gift this holiday season if you are able: As the end of the year approaches, we welcome any one-time gifts you are able to give. One example is this coming Giving Tuesday on December 1st – a global day of generosity that many nonprofits join together to celebrate and connect with their networks. We are profoundly thankful for every gift! Larger gifts of $1000, $500, or $250 would go a long way to get us ready to serve young people during the summer. You can either text PEAK to 1-888-364-GIVE (4483) or visit our website at peak7.org/donate. Each of you reading this letter can play an important role.


2. Start or increase a monthly gift to Peak 7: Our ability to plan and adapt quickly to the changing world around us relies on stable giving from a broad group of supporters. Some donors have had to reduce or eliminate their monthly gift due to personal financial challenges that they are facing, but the need for outdoor adventure only continues to grow. Visit peak7.org/donate for more information on setting up monthly gifts or call to set one up over the phone: (509) 467-5500.


3. Volunteer: Meeting the needs of under resourced youth across the region requires villages of people to step up and meet the need. You could be a volunteer guide for some summer trips or volunteer support in administration or provide meals for our summer guides throughout the summer. The possibilities are endless. Visit peak7.org/volunteer for more information.


4. Pray: If you’re the praying type, I’d invite you to pray regularly for Peak 7 and the staff: Austin, Shelley, Lena, Alex, Sara-Anne, Suzanne, Lorelei and myself. Pray also for the Board as they lead through a challenging season. Most of all, pray for the youth that we will have the opportunity to serve this summer. Pray that anxiety, fear and doubt will be replaced with peace, hope and love.

Our motto for this past year was “All Forward” – a command given by a raft guide to everyone in the raft to paddle together toward a common goal. We had no idea how prophetic that motto would prove to be as we navigated a year with many unexpected challenges, but an equal amount of unexpected joy and breakthrough. Consider joining us in our mission the rest of this year and next. Jump in the raft. Pick up a paddle. There are communities of under resourced and underrepresented youth that you can help us be ready to serve.

All Forward!
Brian Kienle, Executive Director