#OptOutside with MVA

Fighting for a life spent outdoors…

As veterans, fighting for our country can mean many things. Once that uniform comes off, many of us find comfort in continuing the fight in a different capacity – they fight for a life spent outdoors. 

This Black Friday, November 29th, instead of dealing with lines and crowds, join Minority Veterans of America and as we take part in #OptOutside, sponsored by REI, and fight to protect the only planet we have. 

As part of the Opt to Act initiative, we’ll be spending the day cleaning trails in cities around the country. 

Will you be there?

Opt Outside Events

Seattle, Washington

Nov. 29 | 9 a.m. 

Discovery Park

Join MVA Seattle for a restoration project in Discovery Park. Volunteer teams will be working on a 24 year ongoing project to bring 13-acre of the park back to it’s natural habitat.

The event will also be educational as we learn about the history of Ft. Lawton, a site that was built in 1896 and was used heavily during WWII by the Navy.

Help us keep the legacy of this project alive!

Richmond, Virginia

Nov. 29 | 11 a.m. 

Richmond Slave Trail 

Join MVA Richmond as we clean the historic Slave Trail, a walking trail that chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia, especially Richmond, to other locations in the Americas until 1865.

It begins at Manchester Docks, a major port in the massive downriver Slave Trade that made Richmond the largest source of enslaved Africans on the east coast of America from 1830 to 1860. The trail then follows a route through the slave markets of Richmond, beside the Reconciliation Statue commemorating the international triangular slave trade, past Lumpkin’s Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground to First African Baptist Church, a center of African-American life in pre-Civil War Richmond.

Help us to preserve this trail and learn about Richmond’s history at the same time. 

Atlanta, GA

Dec. 7 | 9 a.m. 

Join MVA Atlanta as we clean the BeltLine trail, a revitalization effort to convert the railway into mixed use space. The BeltLine features a continuous path encircling the central part of the city, following the old railroad right of way. The BeltLine connects 45 diverse neighborhoods, some of which are Atlanta’s most underserved parks.

Help us keep this trail clean and invest in our outdoor spaces so important in Atlanta!