Thank you! In just two short weeks we were able to achieve our fundraising goal of $7,500! We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Tufts Wilderness Orientation and so energized by the number of people who have contributed (we have had over 100 donors) to making our program more accessible to incoming students! The money raised so far covers the equivalent of 23 first-year participant fees. This allows us to expand our financial assistance and equipment inventory without having to pull from our existing operating budget.
But we are not done yet! We still have 2 more weeks to knock this fundraiser out of the park!
Expanding our program to welcome more incoming students means we also need more staff, and that requires more resources for training. With these 13 days we are able to expand our fundraiser focus to the development of our TWO staff, who are the heart and soul of our program. TWO is a 100+ person team made up of current students who are passionate and dedicated to their role in the first-year experience. They work tirelessly to introduce new students into the Tufts community and act as a resource for their participants long after TWO trips return from the woods.
We are extending our goal to $12,000, which will allow us to get our staff into the woods and practicing their skills before the first-years arrive. They will learn from one another's experiences, test-out their decision making skills with their co-leaders, and develop their skill sets so that they can lead to the best of their ability. It is important to us that the diversity of our staff team is not limited by prior experience in the outdoors, and the ability to expand our training allows us to keep leadership and the desire to build community as our top priorities when hiring new staff.
As always, any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and we hope that we can hit our extended goal with the same sort of force as we have seen these last couple weeks!