Wilderness Inquiry is excited to announce a July gift of $11,118 from Lakewinds Food Co-Op. The gift will allow Wilderness Inquiry to provide even more active outdoor recreation and learning opportunities for youth by funding our Canoemobile program. Canoemobile is a floating classroom that brings youth and others out on local waterways in 24-foot Voyageur canoes to learn outdoor skills, cultural history, and environmental science. “Support from Lakewinds allows us to get kids outdoors that wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise,” said Wilderness Inquiry associate director Julie Storck. “We’re so thankful for their commitment to the community, and are excited that Lakewinds will continue to be involved with Wilderness Inquiry as Great River Race paddlers on September 16.”
Lakewinds gave to Wilderness Inquiry as part of its Round-Up Program, which allows customers to raise their grocery bill to the nearest dollar with the difference going to a local organization each month. Lakewinds picked Wilderness Inquiry for the month of June. “We seek to choose a diversity of organizations and Wilderness Inquiry definitely fit into our mission of caring for the people of our community and supporting healthy outdoor activities and living,” said Jill Holter, of Lakewinds.
As part of its involvement with Wilderness Inquiry, Lakewinds will also compete in The Great River Race—the greatest local competition on the Mississippi River. The race features teams of up to nine people paddling against each other in a 6-mile loop. Any group can sponsor a boat, like Lakewinds, for $3,000. Funds raised will help support Canoemobile. Those who don’t want to race can volunteer or cheer on the competitors. Last year more than 350 people attended the race. This year world-renowned explorer Ann Bancroft will be captaining a team.
Just like the team spirit involved in the Great River Race, Lakewinds raised money for Wilderness Inquiry because of cooperation from a host of people. Roughly 25 percent of Lakewinds shoppers rounded up to help contribute to the $11,000 donation to Wilderness Inquiry. That monthly gift is typical of Lakewinds donations, which totaled more than $125,000 in 2016. Some of the programs funded included adaptive yoga for disabled people, shelter for homeless youth, and training of service dogs. Wilderness Inquiry is so grateful to be a part of the growing list of organizations, and like Lakewinds, we’re excited to continue a partnership into the future.
“Every month, we’re so proud of the generosity of Lakewinds’ owners and shoppers as they continue to give back to the diverse organizations chosen for our Round-Up Program,” said Holter. “Giving back to the community is a core value at Lakewinds, and we’re happy to pass that commitment on to Wilderness Inquiry to help fund the awesome work they’re doing.”