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The Adventure Therapy Project

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The Adventure Therapy Project

We think these folks have it right!  I can’t tell you how many of our customers have struggled with anxiety, depression, or isolation in the past.  We know there are a lot of people suffering.  It’s good that we’re talking about it.  That said; a lot of our customers are combatting these health issues with exercise, reading, enlightenment, engaging with others (…activity, we’ll say).  Lack of connection and not using our ‘adventure’ instinct may be related.  Here’s what The Adventure Therapy Project has to say about it:

From Their Facebook Page:

…’What if I told you there is a secret formula to health and happiness? What if I told you that secret formula was really just spending more time outside, in nature? Well, it is true, and science has shown that spending time in nature will make you happier! If you participate in an Adventurous activity, you are going to benefit mentally, emotionally and physically. The great thing about adventure is that it is what you want it to be. It can be hiking, biking, running, kayaking, camping, skiing, the list goes on.

People today are less happy and more stressed than ever before. More people spend more time staring at screens then they do breathing in fresh air. The Adventure Therapy Project was created to help get people, young and old, outside more. Our projects and products will encourage people to make time to escape the stress of their lives and see the beauty of nature, while also improving their mental and physical health.

With the purchase of any of our products, $1 for each item sold will go to three selected charities that help to make people’s lives better and promote people interacting positively nature.  If you don’t believe that Adventure Therapy can help, take the “Adventure Therapy Project Challenge”. Spend one hour in nature, take in the smells and listen to the sounds. See how you feel afterwards, we guarantee you will feel better! (Science tells us so)”

And we want to be a part of it.  We think these folks hit the nail on the head. 

There are a lot of people out there who need a leader… Someone to organize an event.  They would love to participate but don’t have the confidence or knowledge to ‘just go out and do’ the activity.  That’s where ‘The Adventure Therapy Project’ comes in.  They will plan an outing, take people out, provide an organized activity, and then return them safely home.  We will be working with them on the next event to provide delicious healthy back-road food.  Not sure of the menu or the location yet, but it’s going to be a great time. 

Amherst Toyota is sponsoring the event and will be helping to organize the drive.  Toyota, as you know, has a whole culture of back-road fun, family values, and safety.  We will be working with them to put together a fun afternoon-long winter event exploring the back roads nearby and meeting up with The Adventure Therapy Project for an activity, then some food.  We pitched the event to them and they supported whole-heartedly. Thank you Amherst Toyota and Atlantic TRD Enthusiasts.

Back-Road Adventures with The Adventure Therapy Project and Amherst Toyota…

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NEW PARTNERS! Jan11, 2020

Remember how much fun it was to go cruising down a back road with a bunch of friends or family?  I remember stopping at small brooks, waterfalls, big slopes, vistas, ‘roadside pit-stops’, seeing wildlife, learning about animal tracks, learning about history, abandoned buildings, camps…etc.  Hey, guess what?  We’re adults now. … We are partnering with Amherst Toyota and The Adventure Therapy Project to bring you:

‘Backroad Adventures’!

D&E’s Smoked Meats would like to promote an outgoing adventurous lifestyle that includes family values and time spent adventuring which, we feel, matches with Toyota-Canada Company values as well as the mission of The Adventure Therapy Project.  We’re going to bring the food, the fun, and the love. 

With that in mind we are starting an initiative where we combine our truck, our food-business and a sense of adventure to do some Backroad Adventures with Amherst Toyota.  We will be leading events where we take our truck for a ride on the back-roads (gravel), go check out some cool scenery, maybe add in a short adventure, cook some food with ‘friends’, maybe make some videos, and take lots of pictures of our healthy/active community members.  They will be posted on our website.

Our first event will be with The Adventure Therapy Project (you can find them on Facebook) who takes kids and/or adults on outdoor adventures, feeds them a meal, and then takes them home (safe and tired).  We are very supportive of The Adventure Therapy project because they encourage kids and adults to build adventures in the outdoors, away from screens, with other people.

D&E’s Smoked Meats provides the community with pre-cooked meats and fully-prepared vegetables for nutritious adventures.  Our vacuum-packaging is ideal for bringing safe and easy to prep food on a backroad adventure.  We will cook for you, for free, on this adventure.  The menu is still not decided, but we promise it will be amazing.

Please let us know if you are interested or if you have any suggestions. We look forward to being a part of growing a ‘backroads adventure’ culture with The Adventure Therapy Project and Amherst Toyota

Funding and Donations Policy

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We are a community-supported business.  We don’t have a separate pool of investors at this time.  We are interested in supporting community organizations and we have some experience raising money for non-profits.  Here are a few things to consider before you approach us.

  • Are you a familiar face?  Have you been here a few times?
    If the answer is yes, we are more likely to support the organization you’re raising money for.  We have lots of active community-minded customers who donate their time to various organizations and we appreciate that as community members and business owners.  We support those who support us first because if we donate our meagre resources to someone who has never been here before or doesn’t know what we do, then we don’t have the resources available to donate to our customers’ organizations.
  • What is your organization and what do you need the funding for?
    We try to support organizations with a large impact in the community.  For example; the YMCA of Cumberland, Autumn House, the United Way, 100 Women Who Care, the Minor Hockey Association have a large impact across the community.  Though we wish we could donate to ‘everyone’, we just can’t.  So, we’re working on some guidelines for how we make the decision for what to support.
  • Sports Teams?
    We will be supporting a couple sports teams this year.  We will do this by ‘paying’ the team for services.  For example; if your team needs to raise money for equipment or to pay for a trip of a lifetime, we would train and hire the team to serve an event.  This is an exchange of ‘we need a group of people to help at a one-time event’ for ‘We need money for this trip’.
  • ‘Silent Auction Items’
    If you’re asking for a donation for a ‘catered event’ and you’ve given another kitchen the catering business.  The answer is ‘maybe next time’.
  • Do you have someone willing to match our donation?
    It’s really helpful to know that ‘if we donate, someone will match funds’.  That’s called buy-in, and if you can get someone to match our donation, we may increase our donation amount knowing you have it matched by another company already.  We donate $50, you get $100? That sounds good to us.