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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Flourish Foundation is trotting out an adult card game on human values in place of its annual summer fundraising summer luncheon.

The game is being offered through Friday, Aug. 28.

It starts with a card of kindness, asking people to share with friends or family members about an act of kindness that they’ve been inspired to do, but haven’t. Or, they can send an uplifting quote to make their “text neighbor’s” day.

“We were looking for meaningful ways to engage people and have conversations around core values,” said Ryan Redman, Fluorish Foundation’s founder. “We have 50 cards altogether. They make people cry, they make people laugh and, most importantly, they make people open up. It’s been wildly successful.”

Flourish Foundation is trying to raise $100,000. All donations raised after $50,000 will be matched up to $25,000.

Among the needs:

  • $35,000 for a passenger van to transport students to environmental stewardship trips and afterschool programming.
  • $30,000 to hire a development and outreach coordinator
  • $20,000 to film, edit and produce digital courses on inner-resiliency, meaning, purpose and compassion
  • $7,500 for environmental stewardships trips in which Compassionate Leaders restore trails on public lands
  • $5,000 for a Flourish internship program, in which alumni would work as paid interns for six to nine months
  • $2,500 for a podcast.

To learn more, go to https://www.flourishfoundation.org/fundraiser.

Ryan Redman said the program’s Compassionate Leaders have been going into the backcountry this summer to cut fallen timber off trails and do other trail maintenance that rangers can’t get to. The young people have been unable to travel to India and Mexico as those before them because of the pandemic.

Among the trails they’re working on are the Warm Springs Trail in the White Cloud Mountains near the Robinson Bar Ranch east of Stanley. They’ve worked on a trail on the backside of the Sawtooths near Atlanta. And they’ve worked near the Diamond D. Ranch in the Loon Creek area of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

“We’re trying to get them to think about our outdoor space,” said Redman.

 

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