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SOL FEST 2022:
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 outdoor programming. Sol Fest first started in 2018 after CorpsTHAT received non-profit 501(c)(3) status. The fundraiser got its name from a creative collaboration between CorpsTHAT’s co-founders, Sachiko Flores and Emma Bixler. Sol comes from the Spanish word for sun and Fest is from the tradition of winter solstice celebration. 2022 will be the 5th Sol Fest celebrated! The goal of Sol Fest is to raise money for CorpsTHAT’s conservation corps and outdoor programs while inspiring their supporters to take the time to appreciate the winter nature and the long nights.
HOW TO SOL FEST?
Sol Fest is a Trail-a-Thon. This unique way of fundraising allows us to raise money for CorpsTHAT’s programs while following our organization’s mission of promoting the outdoors. Join CorpsTHAT to help raise money for their conservation corps programs by registering for Sol Fest and creating a fundraiser page! By creating a fundraiser page with us, you can set your own goal to raise money and challenge yourself to pledge a set amount of outdoor activity per amount of money raised! Our fundraiser is a Trail-A-Thon, which means you can pledge for every $X donated to your page, you will spend X amount of hours outdoors, or X miles spent hiking, biking, meditating, or whatever outdoor activities that suits your interests!
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
100% of your Sol Fest donation goes directly to CorpsTHAT’s conservation corps and outdoor programming. This year, raising $20,000 will enable CorpsTHAT to train and pay Deaf adults to work outdoors for National Forests and Parks. CorpsTHAT also will be able to provide supplies, transportation, and services for their crews.