What We Do And Why…
Access Adventure is here to stay. We began operations in 2005, steadily expanding our outreach to underserved populations throughout the Bay Area. Remarkably, we remain an entirely volunteer operated organization. We have never had a paid employee. We remain devoted to enriching the lives of people with disabilities and other underserved members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy through a working partnership with Horses. Access Adventure is serving hundreds of people each year, in life-enhancing, meaningful ways.
We have also forged powerful working relationships with organizations that strengthen Access Adventure. We remain closely affiliated with the Solano Land Trust, the owner of our Rush Ranch headquarters in Solano County. Molly’s Angels of Napa serves as our fiscal agent and our partner in bringing services to the elderly in our communities. Golden Hills School works with Access Adventure each week, providing job training and life-building skills for special needs students. We continue to work each month with the Veterans Home of California in Yountville and a growing number of organizations in the Napa Valley and throughout the Bay Area.
Access Adventure is up and running 365 days a year. We operate with a team of about fifty volunteers, with a group of about twenty very active at any given time. Beyond the community of people we serve, our volunteers also reap benefits. In addition to business and medical professionals, Access Adventure draws successful volunteers from people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as well as people providing community service through the criminal justice system. The volunteers of Access Adventure are a diverse group that takes great pleasure in providing services to underserved members of our community. In doing our work we find that we often receive more than we give. The healing power of horses and nature unites and helps our volunteers as well as our clients.
With this all-volunteer model and a modest annual budget, we operate our programs to bring hope and healing to people in need. You will see our participants thriving on the national stage, poised to enter international competition at the World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities, sponsored by the International Olympic Committee. No less important are our many success stories closer to home, with profoundly disabled people finding joy and purpose in their experiences with Access Adventure.