Maddy in Mind-Boulder Junior Rangers Fundraiser
A nonprofit fundraiser supportingBoulder Open Space Conservancy
Oliver, Jordana, Shayna, Hanna & Maddy Lignell
raised by 25 people
9 months left
The Boulder Junior Rangers program offers paid jobs for teens to work with the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department. Junior Rangers complete trail maintenance and construction, forestry, and ecological restoration projects. The Boulder Junior Rangers program also provides career and leadership development as well as teaching important work skills. Since being established in 1965, it has employed over 4,000 youth and created a legacy of community champions who are personally invested in the future of OSMP and all public lands. Junior Rangers programming today also incorporates intentional support of youth from diverse backgrounds, increasing community-wide experiences in the outdoors and pays special attention to mental health and wellness for staff and Rangers alike.
Maddy Lignell worked with the Boulder Junior Rangers for four years as a young teenager. On his crew, he learned environmental stewardship, teamwork, and leadership. In his second year's application Maddy wrote, "being out in nature helps me get in touch with my mind and my body. To know you helped someone's outdoor experience by keeping the trail in good condition is its own reward." The experiences he had in Junior Rangers shaped and influenced the person Maddy was: compassionate, curious, conscientious, generous and adventurous.
We have chosen to partner with Boulder Junior Rangers because this program reflects many of the values that Maddy held dear. Since childhood, Maddy loved to explore and care for our natural environment. Whether hiking, climbing, camping, or photographing the outdoors, Maddy got outside every chance he got. As a young adult, Maddy supported nature in more practical and progressive ways. He donated his time, treasure and talents to causes like the Sunrise Movement https://www.sunrisemovement.org/ and worked on campaigns supporting local political candidates who advocate for important climate change policies like the Green New Deal. We also find great congruence between the commitment of Boulder Junior Rangers to maintaining and improving equitable, inclusive practices and Maddy's own personal research about and holistic and deep investment in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our contributions this year will help purchase gear, including boots, backpacks and bus passes for kids who can't afford them, stipends for mentors who provide extra support for potential Rangers, and staff training on mental health first aid, bias and microaggressions and other relevant and timely topics.
Boulder Open Space Conservancy (BOSC) is an official non-profit partner of City of Boulder OSMP and is hosting Maddy's Legacy Fund. Donations made to the fund will be passed through BOSC to OSMP Junior Rangers program at regular intervals through 2022.
To be able to support a program that had a direct and fundamental impact on Maddy's life eases our grief, if only for a moment. We find Maddy in the woods, with the Junior Rangers, with nature and with all of us.
To read the 2021 annual report to learn more about Boulder Junior Rangers' impact, copy and paste this link into your browser: https://bouldercolorado.gov/media/7280/download?inline=
To learn more about Maddy Lignell and this year's hike and gathering for Maddy on June 25th, please take a look at this website: https://www.welovemaddy.com/plan-your-visit
We gratefully acknowledge that many have already donated to Maddy's Legacy Fund. Thank you!
This fundraiser supports
Boulder Open Space Conservancy
Organized By Alyson Duffey