My family and I have proudly supported Wilderness Works and its remarkable effort to uplift disadvantaged Atlanta children for near 15 years. I first discovered Wilderness Works when they provided a presentation to my Kiwanis Club in 2005.
I thoroughly enjoyed Al Roker and the Today Show coming to Atlanta to present Wilderness Works a new van and a myriad of gear and supplies in 2008.
Wilderness Works and its special concept that allows homeless and needy children a chance to visit our national parks – and more, is very popular in Atlanta. I am proud to be part of this tremendous effort.
“Never give in – never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Winston Churchill
I was introduced to Wilderness Works by a former board member and dear friend. After having the opportunity to visit and learn more about the mission of Wilderness Works, I eagerly committed to getting involved. Being a person that enjoys volunteering and supporting community outreach programs, my enthusiasm about working with Wilderness Works was heightened due to their location in the community in which I live.
What an honor to be serving an organization that impacts so many metro Atlanta disadvantaged youth.
I am very excited about being a part of and continuing the legacy of this enriching experiential opportunity for our youth and community.
“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better – even if you never know it.” – Greg Louganis
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi
I spend much of my personal time working with local non-profits and volunteering in the community. I believe that each person owes it to their community to be plugged in and contributing to positive change that serves needs of all our neighbors. In addition to work, volunteer and board service, I enjoy spending time with my husband David and our dog Apple. We enjoy mountain biking, traveling and doing puzzles on Sunday morning! I support Wilderness Works because I deeply appreciate the ability to step into nature and connect with the world around me. All children should have access to enjoy nature and Wilderness Works brings that experience to children.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein
I enjoy spending my time volunteering for a few non-profit organizations. I also volunteer for various events at my daughter’s school along with school/club sporting events. I love to workout and enjoy reading in my spare time.
I was first introduced to Wilderness Works by my husband, whose Kiwanis Club is a big supporter of Wilderness Works. A couple of year’s ago I joined the Board.T he work that Bill Mickler has done for more than 20 years with the homeless and disadvantaged children in Atlanta is so impactful and beneficial. My husband and I have been supporters of Wilderness Works for many years now, and have seen, first hand, the incredible impact that Wilderness Works has on the children.
“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE!‘” – Audrey Hepburn
As a mother raising two sons I was overjoyed when we discovered Wilderness Works when my sons were 8 and 10. As a result my sons grew up with weeks of summer camps Evergreen and Bob, trips to the Great Smoky Mountains and Cumberland Island and years of fantastic City Camp weekends during school season months. Later my sons were able to experience life changing treks in Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and other spectacular national parks.
We are believers in the power of allowing youth opportunities to discover wild nature and we are so grateful to Wilderness Works for the impact they have had on my children and so many others.
I am proud to serve on the Wilderness Works board!
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou
In 2017 my wife’s company sponsored a meal for 50 children at one of Wilderness Works’ terrific City Camps. Kim and I brought along our own two children. All the children were amazingly engaged and enthusiastic. We were so impressed with the spirit of the group. We watched the Wilderness Works staff leading the children. We saw such professionalism, but we also clearly saw love and care.
I determined then to get involved and soon joined the Wilderness Works board of directors. My first job was helping deliver a great party: the Wilderness Works annual Oyster Roast fundraiser. What an inspiring and enjoyable organization to be part of!
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
Rena Ann Peck
I believe that one of the greatest threats to the human spirit is disconnection to nature, and one of the greatest threats to nature is disconnection of people to our natural world. Growing the conservation movement to future generations by connecting them to wilderness experiences is my passion. Wilderness Works gives me the opportunity to go beyond my career ethic of “people saving nature” – expanding my heart strings and impact with “nature saving people”. To witness our campers who suffer chronic homelessness and live in the toughest zip codes in our city, take on challenging wilderness treks experiencing God in nature is a joy that imprints my heart and bolsters their fortitude to make it in this world.
“There is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau