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.
To learn more, click here.
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
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
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