… because climbing, cooking, and crossfit just wasn't enough


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simple. we wish to spread all that is agape (and help offset all the FUBAR stuff our husbands have to deal with at work). perhaps climbing, cooking & crossfit just isn’t enough.

2009Kahiltna Dome 800x800 what we do

we make stuff, sell stuff, do stuff, and then give all of the profits to our favorite charities.

we’ve made cards for Operation Write Home or Card Care Connection, held fundraisers or solicit in-kind corporate donations for Operation Homefront, put together care packages for Packages from Home, fundraised for Friends of Animals, collected hygiene products for disaster relief, ran races for breast cancer, solicited big companies to help adopt a platoon, donated the money from handmade crafts or upcycled items we sell, helped schools apply for grants, participated in endurance or CrossFit competitions, climbed mountains, helped build someone a house, volunteered at a shelter, peddled baked goods, foster a dog (or 3), written grant proposals for local community projects, or got up in front of big groups of people to help publicise and garner support for other charities.

it’s fun and it’s good karma … mitzvahs … you get it ….

where it goes

100% of any money, services, materials, gifts, or goods collected for anything we do or make goes directly to the charity itself (we’ll specifically call them out in any of our postings). Any extra costs usually come out of our own pockets. If we run races, we pay for our own fees and training; if we climb a mountain, we’ll personally cover all of our own costs; if we make cards, bake, or sew, we’ll supply our own materials. anyone else who participates in the fun does so at their own expense (and risk. ha!)

we don’t get paid anything, we don’t own or keep anything, nor do we profit in any material or financial way. (see above about karma)

so if we ever ask for a donation of any kind (grant, in-kind, endowment, gift with donation, or sponsorship), it goes directly to the group we’re helping (cardstock to make cards for deployed troops, wishlist items for a dog rescue, hygiene supplies to make care packages, online money donations to the charity itself, etc). in fact, you can choose which charity your donation goes to. here’s our current list of beneficiaries:

  • Steve’s Club: http://www.stevesclub.org
    Steve’s Club and its participating members provide a national network of programs through which at-risk or underserved youth of any socioeconomic background can join in the CrossFit Community at a reduced, low or no cost structure
  • Green Beret Foundation: http://www.greenberetfoundation.org
    The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of our fallen brothers. We also distribute funds to support the extended care an injured Green Beret requires in the event the Veteran’s Administration is unable or unwilling
  • Operation Homefront http://www.operationhomefront.net
    Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. They are a national nonprofit leading more than 2,500 volunteers providing emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors since 2002.
  • Chicago Canine Rescue http://www.chicagocaninerescue.com
    CCRF was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for over 3000 homeless dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in our city. CCRF assists the MOST vulnerable: dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters.
  • 100 Club: http://www.100clubchicago.org
    100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education
  • Animal Anticruelty Society: http://www.anticruelty.org
    An open-admission shelter that does not turn away any animal, no matter what their condition. They provide Adoptions, Affordable Spay/Neuter, Charity Veterinary Clinic, Free Behavior Hotline, Humane Education, Humane Investigations, Owner Requested Euthanasia, Pet Loss Support, Short Term Accommodations for Emergencies, School of Dog Training, and Volunteer Opportunities.
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research: http://www.fredhutch.org
    FHCR mission is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. Fred Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases.