At UGQ Outdoor LLC we believe it is important to support local, regional, national, and international organizations that align with our goals of empowering individuals to changes their lives and communities around them.


Thrive Outside Grand Rapids was launched in 2019 as one of four communities in the Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Initiative. Grand Rapids’ vision is that “All Grand Rapids youth have equitable access to natural places and spaces for happy and healthy lives.” To work towards this vision, Grand Rapids is creating a gear library and leadership training program that will help empower young people to play and recreate outside in all seasons. This project is a collaborative effort between Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, Our Community’s Children, and several other local organizations and businesses.

We are a national network of community-led, youth-centered outdoor education groups that are dedicated to increasing access and diversity in the outdoors through gear libraries and outdoor leadership training. These tools dramatically decrease the barriers to outdoor recreation for low-income communities and communities of color.  What’s more, because our model engages local leaders, the whole community is given new opportunities for outdoor access rather than giving a group of youth a one-time experience of the outdoors.

Rise Above looks to equip students in a way that will allow them to reach their full, God given potential through relationship restoration and academic credit recovery. Rise Above works to allow students to become connected to a community of people, businesses, and education through counseling, networking and resource sharing.

AWARE, Inc. strives to eliminate domestic and sexual violence while promoting social change and empowering survivors by offering shelter and services.

We are committed to making a difference and affecting change in our community. We will do this by supporting and empowering survivors, and being leaders in the movement to eliminate domestic and sexual violence. We take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to educate residents of all ages in Jackson County about our mission, services, and programs.

Since 1977, the PCTA has protected, maintained, and advocated for the Pacific Crest Trail. Protecting America’s Greatest Wilderness Trail Experience

The American Long Distance Hiking Association West (ALDHA-West) is an organization of individuals interested in the pursuit of all aspects of long-distance hiking. Our membership covers a wide range of ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, and many experience levels, from wannabes to members who’ve logged tens of thousands of trail miles spanning the globe.​

ALDHA-West provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on every aspect, from gear, food, travel, dangers, expectations, trail weather, all the way to how to ease back into normal life after months on the trail.​

Many of our members have hiked all three of America’s premier long-distance trail, the Appalachian Trail (2160 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 mile), and the Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles). To honor these individuals and their enormous accomplishments, we initiated the Triple Crown of Hiking Award. Each Fall at our annual Gathering, a new crop of inductees are presented their awards.

Established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) leads the effort to protect, maintain and celebrate the A.T. We are part of a unique cooperative-management system, working with numbers of local, state and federal partners to ensure greater protections for the Trail. Our partners include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, dozens of state agencies and 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs.

The ATC is largely funded by its more than 42,000 members and over 600,000 supporters located throughout all 50 states and in more than 15 countries. Their support ensures that the one-of-a-kind A.T. hiking experience is protected from development, increasing use of the outdoors and other dangers.

The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is the 501(c)(3) national non-profit working in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to complete, promote and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Founded in 2012 by a passionate group of volunteers and recreationists, CDTC is a membership organization working to building a strong community of supporters who want to see the CDT protected not just for today’s users, but for generations to come.