Like so many volunteers with the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program, Desiree Farve, a five-year certified leader from Baltimore, serves with the purpose and motivation of reaching kids who would otherwise not get to experience the outdoors.
"Especially with inner city kids. I came to realize that working with people in the outdoors was really my passion," she says.
Desiree is one of many volunteers who run 50 Inner City Outings groups across the country. These groups lead more than 800 outings each year, serving about 14,000 young people. Many participating kids live in areas that struggle with crime and drugs. Often they visit places they didn't even know existed, and engage in activities they have never tried before.
"There was one boy who had never ridden a bike," says Farve. "The other kids went ahead and helped him learn. And now you can't get him off a bike. He just loves it -- and you should see the smile on his face as he's zooming by."