Jenn Richards has been an incredible supporter of Footpath from the very beginning. Not only has her family sponsored many at-risk kids so they could attend summer camp and the Footpath Nature Club, but she has volunteered at each one of our Camp Kit Drives and helped with our Preschoolers In Nature program as well. This year Jenn has been an extra huge help by volunteering to be a Camp Kit Captain where she was in charge of collecting all beach towels for our 2019 Footpath Campers by reaching out to her own network. We are so grateful for all of Jenn’s support since 2015. THANK YOU Jenn, for your generous heart and giving spirit for the kids who need us the most! Learn more about Jenn and her passion for getting more kids to #optoutside.
Why do you support Footpath?
I started supporting Footpath partly based upon my friendship with the co-founders, Mary and Sarah, and partly because the mission and message of the organization really resonated with me and my family. I was fortunate in that outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and boating were a big part of my childhood, and I believe all children should have that same opportunity. I love that by supporting Footpath, I’m helping to provide that experience to others.
What’s your favorite memory of working with Footpath or Footpath Kids?
My girls and I enjoy participating in the Camp Kit Drive and helping to fill the campers’ bags. More recently, I was able to assist with a program for preschool students at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. It was fulfilling to be a part of many of the kids’ first experience interacting with animals and seeing their various reactions ranging from excitement and curiosity to hesitation and a little nervousness. The students were eager to learn more about the animals and were proud of all they learned and experienced.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
I grew up going on lake vacations. My family and I enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking, and more recently have started paddle boarding. I love being on or near the water and find it extremely relaxing. When you’re on the water or at the beach, you have the opportunity to unplug, relax and really get away from everyday stresses.
What do you love about being outside?
I love that nature provides the opportunity to create new adventures and experience new things. Nature and being outside provides a break from the daily grind.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
The summer after my third grade year, my dad had a sabbatical for work. We took a six week vacation and toured the western part of the US in an RV, camping in multiple national parks along the way. It was an unbelievable experience with my family; something I will never forget.
What’s an outdoor activity you’d love to try?
I would love to try rock climbing or doing a high elevation ropes course. I’m not exactly sure how I would do with the heights, but it would be a fun challenge and a real accomplishment!
Favorite vacation spot?
Anything near water. I grew up going to Table Rock Lake and Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We love our family vacations in Michigan as well.
Favorite season and why?
Spring time! Winter is finally over and I love seeing everything come back to life. It seems like everything changes on a daily basis. We also love hearing the birds and having our windows open and letting the fresh air come in.
Anything you’d like to say about Footpath and/or the work you have done for us?
It has been so fun watching Footpath grow and showing my support when I can. I know the work Footpath is doing is life-changing for so many.
THANK YOU JENN for all you do for Footpath Kids!
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