It has always been one of my ambitions and pursuits to volunteer my skills to non-profit humanitarian causes. Since moving here, I discovered an organization which I am proud and humbled to work with called Oregon Adaptive Sports.

This is their mission statement:

“OAS provides life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with disabilities.

Participants gain confidence, build self-esteem, and strive for independence leading to an enhanced quality of life.”

In the few weeks that I’ve been a part of their volunteer team, I’ve seen people with various types and levels of disabilities doing amazing things. Scaling rock climbing walls, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and many other sports. Last weekend, I watched a teenage girl with cerebral palsy cross the finish line of the 7-mile leg of the Tour Deschutes and multiple seniors with visual impairments complete the 50-mile leg. I saw a young man in his 30’s, who suffered a spinal injury which took the use of his legs, ascend a climbing wall.

All of these accomplishments and more were made possible through the specialized equipment resources and the amazing volunteers of OAS.

As far as the volunteer aspect goes, there’s relatively little specialized training needed. All you need is love for people, a desire to see others succeed and passion for the outdoors. I’m proud to be a part of this community and excited for a long future here.

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