Kate is honored to serve on the Project Transition USA Advisory Board with a powerful group of people who are advocates for our military and our veterans. Project Transition USA is the only 501(c)3 organization that specializes in helping transitioning military and their families learn to utilize the powerful networking and job search technology of LinkedIn. PTUSA also provides life-changing personal introductions to our transitioning military heroes who are benefiting greatly from being introduced to supportive, military-friendly professionals in the civilian world.
This is one of the two "in lieu of flowers" organizations that were chosen when Kate's brother died in 2016. Their purpose is to create a new approach to ecological awareness and outdoor learning that encourages healthful outdoor activity while supporting the growth of a prosperous, sustainable economy based on the Blue Ridge region's amazing natural assets. Kate and her husband spent a lot of time in this area hiking and fishing with her brother and it remains one of her favorite places and BRDC is one of her favorite organizations.
Program Lead SW VA
PHWFF-Virginia is the second of two organizations that Kate choose to receive contributions in his name when her brother died in 2016. Bob was an avid fly fisherman for many years; someday Kate will write a blog about her one and only fly fishing foray with Bob. PHWFF is a national organization that serves injured and disabled military service personnel as well as disabled veterans in their communities. The Virginia chapter was chosen because Bob lived in SW Virginia for more than thirty years. When making donations through the button below, please note "Virginia Chapter in memory of Bob Stetler."
This program is near and dear to the heart of our website and marketing wizard Brian Deckard. Their mission is to enrich the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs. SMART was founded by Betsey London-Fish of Greenwood Riding Academy in Sarasota after she observed striking improvements in one of her young riding students who was dealing with the challenges of Cerebral Palsy. Betsey decided to start a not-for-profit organization that would provide Therapeutic Horseback Riding for other children and adults with special needs. Under her leadership, SMART became a 501 (c) organization on March 2, 1987 and began its journey! SMART also became a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) accredited center in 1988.