VERDE VALLEY - "Inspiring individuals to action," is the vision of Verde Valley Leadership, Inc. The organization's mission is to develop leadership skills, build community awareness and diverse, influential networks.
It has become tradition with each new VVL graduating class to create a Legacy Project to pay it forward in the community to help make a difference.
VVL Class VI has chosen as its Legacy Project the Challenge Trail at Rainbow Acres near Camp Verde. The trail already exists, but Class VI will improve the trail both structurally and visually.
Rainbow Acres is a residential community for adults with disabilities.
The trail at Rainbow Acres is seen by resident ranchers as a challenge to test their physical skills as part of their wellness enrichment and a place to simply get away for a few moments for a short walk in nature.
When the trail improvements are complete, the Ranchers, staff, families and community members will see it as a more inviting area to use.
Laure Thomson, member of VVL Class VI, said extending the tradition of the legacy projects outside of Cottonwood to Rainbow Acres is a great reflection of the VVL vision and principles.
"Choosing to help the ranchers is a win-win," Thomson said. "We have an opportunity to help make a difference - to improve their health and enrich their days."
She explained that the Challenge Trail is essentially a circular fitness trail with exercise stations throughout.
"They have an established trail," Thomson said. "What we're dong is enhancing the fitness trail."
The project will include a concrete slab, drinking fountain, picnic table, a couple of benches and some bushes and plants for landscaping.
"We chose something we could do ourselves," Thomson said.
The class is in need of donations of materials and cash to help them finish the project. Thomson said their target date to have the fundraising complete was originally the first of April.
They are still shooting for that date, but the class will need some organizations and individuals to step forward.
Material items requested include pipe and drinking fountain, concrete, raised flower bed boxes, concrete blocks, bushes and trees, large pots for planting, dirt for plantings, decorative rock and boulders and shade cloth and posts.