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National Outings

Contributing to Inner City Outings (ICO)

What is Inner City Outings? Inner City Outings (ICO) is a program that introduces people to the wilderness. ICO volunteers donate time to community agencies that want to provide outings programs for members. Agencies may include schools, church and neighborhood youth groups, rehabilitation centers, and outdoor clubs. ICO provides the equipment necessary to conduct safe wilderness experiences: day packs, backpacks, water bottles, cooking gear, sleeping bags, water purifiers, and first-aid kits. Most ICO groups offer outings free of charge. Outings may include day hikes, backpacking, car camping, canoeing, white-water rafting, bicycling, or cross-country skiing.

Because more and more outings are conducted each year, it is critical that ICO develop greater resources to replace worn outdoor equipment and recruit and train new volunteer leaders. The greatest challenge facing ICO today is keeping up with the rapidly increasing demand for outings from community groups in cities across the United States.

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What can you do to help? Every ICO group needs new volunteers. Any help you can offer your local group is welcome, whether you are interested in assisting on trips or helping with equipment maintenance or fundraising.

Please refer to the ICO contact List to get the address for the ICO group near you. You can also call 415-977-5628 or email the national ICO office to get phone numbers and email addresses for the chairs of each ICO group.

You may also make a donation. Please make donations payable to The Sierra Club Foundation/ICO, 85 Second St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please specify which ICO group(s) you would like to support with your donation.

Are donations to ICO tax deductible? All donations are tax deductible through the Sierra Club Foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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