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CorpsTHAT, is a volunteer, Deaf and Disabled run 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2016 by two AmeriCorps and conservation corps alumni to make the outdoor and conservation fields not only more accessible but also more inclusive. In the last 4 years CorpsTHAT has supported in hiring 116 Deaf and hard of hearing corps members, educated over 200 Deaf students in stewardship, and reached over 1,000 Deaf community members through recreation experiences and education.
Sol Fest is CorpsTHAT’s annual fundraiser that incorporates getting outside during winter while raising money to support Deaf programming outdoors. This year Sol Fest is a Trail-a-Thon because CorpsTHAT recognizes that there are many ways to get outside and enjoy nature. Participants will set a fundraising goal along with a mileage goal (for hiking, biking or paddling...) or a time spent outside goal (bird watching, gardening, forest bathing …).
Last year with the funds raised we were able to hire 7 Deaf young adults for the first ever Deaf run conservation corps in the US! This crew improved 6 acres of land, 3 miles of trail and 460 trees as well as spent a day on a local urban farm turning the compost and feeding the animals. They spent 35 hours recreating on the weekends led by a Deaf Outdoor instructor, where they learned mountain biking skills, backpacking and canoeing all in ASL.
In addition, working with our partner crews across the country this summer, we were able to support the hiring of 21 Deaf and Hard of Hearing corps leaders and members.
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
This year we are working to raise $20,000 to continue building and expanding job opportunities in the outdoors for Deaf individuals, provide in person outdoor education courses lead by Deaf instructors and leasing a space that will allow us to open up a gear lending library making the outdoors a more inclusive experience.
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