Hope Springs is a 501c3 Not for Profit Retreat Center in Ohio's Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women's issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth.

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Partnering with Accelerating Racial Justice

By Kaleigh DeVoe
Accelerating Racial Justice 2017 Facilitator
Racial Awareness Program – Student Activities and Leadership Development

Last summer, Accelerating Racial Justice (ARJ) 2016 had a blast on their mission to learn at Hope Springs Institute. Naturally, we wanted to come back for our 2017 retreat. However, being aware that Hope Springs must work with us a great deal to keep the cost for our retreat within our budget, we wanted to do something this year to try to give back to this amazing retreat space!

Accelerating Racial JusticeAccelerating Racial Justice (ARJ) and the Racial Awareness Program (RAPP) are housed within Student Activities and Leadership Development at University of Cincinnati. These programs educate students about social justice, equity, and inclusive leadership through a 5-day intensive retreat and a 9-month intensive program respectively. Many ARJ and RAPP alumni continue to work in social justice or go on to spearhead equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education and in the corporate world.

Kings Island in Mason, Ohio has a group fundraising program that allows volunteers to work 4-6 hour shifts at the amusement park in exchange for donations made to the not-for profit of their choice. We are recruiting from our pool of alumni from both ARJ and RAPP, but we would also like to make the opportunity available to others who support the mission of Hope Springs Institute.

Anyone interested in volunteering throughout the spring and summer is welcome to e-mail me at devoeka@mail.uc.edu. Additional information about the fundraising program and volunteer requirements can be found at https://www.visitkingsisland.com/jobs/group-fundraising.

Note from the Executive Director: Accelerating Racial Justice proposed this volunteer activity to help raise funds to cover the cost of their stay at Hope Springs.  They are a delightful group and we are incredibly pleased to have them come back.  For any of you who could volunteer, a day of spent with these generous, kind, and thoughtful people, will be a treasure.

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