Doing Good NH: The Appalachian Mountain Club

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Lakes Region Young Professional Kara LaSalle. Kara grew up in Gilford and said that she fell in love with the White Mountains as a kid, and that feeling has never left her. She finds that she is happiest walking in the woods or hiking with her pups!   

Kara is the Housing Development Project Manager at the Laconia Area Community Land Trust and the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Plymouth State University. When she is not working or coaching you can find Kara leading the Lakes Region Professionals group Fusion and serving as the organization’s President. She is also on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Humane Society, is the founder of the Boston Terriers of NH group, and is on the Advisory Board and Social Host for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) where she organizes meet ups for young professionals with the same interest of being outdoor enthusiasts! She is currently a candidate to lead excursions where she can lead group hikes with the AMC! Her focus will be catering hikes towards females to help empower women through hiking!

The AMC “promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.”

Here are five things you should know!

  • Founded in 1876 the AMC is the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in the United States.
  • The AMC has over 100,000 members including 12 state and regional chapters, 16,000 volunteers and 450 staff persons.
  • The NH chapter is second largest with over 10,000 members.
  • The AMC offers more than 8,000 trips and hosts over 150,000 guests at the various lodges, huts, camps, shelters and campgrounds each year.
  • The AMC maintains over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast (including 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in five states).

Want to help and just don’t know how?! Well here is your chance!

To get involved and to make positive change:

There are so many opportunities to volunteer! You can maintain trails, be a trip leader, committee chair, hut crew member, outdoor skills trainer, naturalist, event planner and more. There is quite literally something for every interest and schedule. For more information on how to get involved visit: www.outdoors.org/volunteer.

You can also support the AMC by purchasing an annual membership. Monetary donations can also be made on the AMC website.

Want to know more?

Subscribe to their email list! Visit the website, sign up and then each month you will get information about upcoming events and adventures such as hikes, climbing, kayaking, skiing, lectures and camping! You can find the AMC NH chapter on Facebook, meetup and at www.amc-nh.org    

When asked why young professionals should give back Kara said “First, ask yourself what lights a fire inside you. We all only have 24 hours in a day, so determining what you are most passionate about is such an important first step. If you only have a few hours a month to volunteer know that you are still creating positive change. Be proud of that. As a generation, we Millennials have been typecast that we only participate in activities if we get something out of it. Don’t be the stereotype. One of the great things about volunteering is that you get much more than what you give.”

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” John Muir

There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back like Kara, email  me at doinggood@stayworkplay.org.

We all can make positive change in our communities! It starts with us! Until next time- Do Good NH!!!

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