On a whim in 2016, during a time of transition, I took a summer job as the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator with the Teton Regional Land Trust in Driggs, Idaho. In a whirlwind of 5 months, I executed 9 events and improved their social media and email marketing strategy. Knowing that my daily momentum directly contributed to land conservation starkly contrasted with the last seven years I'd spent working in retail and e-commerce. I began to realize that many nonprofit groups would cease to operate if volunteers failed to donate their time or skills.
It was only after I promised to help out that I learned Over The Edge would involve strapping myself to scaffolding atop the 13-story tall Maverick Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Donors paid handsome sums of money for the experience of rappelling 175 feet down the side of the building to the sidewalk below. This would surely be interesting, given my rather intense fear of heights. No problem.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill getting ready to go Over The Edge
I observed so much courage on this day. Leo the Salt Lake REAL Lion caught his dreadlock in the belay device, Spiderman jauntily waved farewell, and I warmly shook the hand of Salt Lake’s District Attorney, Sim Gill. After seeing so many individuals face their own fear of heights, I knew I was capable of going Over The Edge. These small acts of bravery were nothing when compared to the situations and challenges that YWCA patrons may face on a daily basis. The fiery sunset helped distract me from the discomfort of rappelling from such a height and reaffirmed the importance of giving back to the community. It doesn’t take much to get involved—GO for it!
Me…about to pee myself
A little peek into the ski lessons given by Wasatch Adaptive Sports at Snowbird Ski Resort
It’s all downhill from here…