Angeles Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) serves as a bridge that enables underserved youth, disabled individuals, and others to visit and develop an appreciation for our natural environment. We work with schools, community groups, and other agencies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to create safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences for persons who might not otherwise have them. ICO outings promote individual growth through group activities and environmental and outdoor skills education. Angeles ICO is an all-volunteer organization representing one of over 50 Inspiring Connections Outdoors groups nationwide that make up Sierra Club’s national outreach program.
In 2018, LA ICO led 131 outings for 3,860 children and 808 parents and teachers. We currently work with approximately 47 different agencies, primarily Title I schools.
Your donation to The Sierra Club Foundation, the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for LA ICO, goes directly towards trips and excursions for our youth. Our major expense is transportation, followed by food, equipment, and park fees. LA ICO depends on donations to make these trips happen. Since we are a 100% volunteer run organization, less than 2% of our expenses support administrative and fundraising costs while 98% of donations fund our student outings.
What does your donation fund: $17 = one day trip for one student / $500 = one school bus for a class of students or an environmental club / $2000 = one weekend camping trip for 25 students