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Mass Hike

 74 Beaverbrook Parkway
 Worcester, MA 01602
[P] (774) 2629475
[F] --
masshike.org
[email protected]
Molly Gurney
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INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-4020521

LAST UPDATED: 10/03/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Mass Hike’s mission is to offer equitable access to the nature for all Bostonians. Mass Hike is a community-driven, start-up non-profit which provides affordable transportation from Boston to outdoor spaces, such as state reservations and parks. Mass Hike picks people up close to their homes in the city, drives to the outdoor destination, provides guided hikes and trail help, and then takes the hikers back to the city. By providing access to the outdoors, Mass Hike creates an opportunity for environmental education, exercise, and mental health benefits. Additionally, through sharing a vehicle, Mass Hike reduces carbon emissions from those who may have used a personal vehicle to drive the same destination, and encourages community development among individuals of different backgrounds. 

Mission Statement

Mass Hike’s mission is to offer equitable access to the nature for all Bostonians. Mass Hike is a community-driven, start-up non-profit which provides affordable transportation from Boston to outdoor spaces, such as state reservations and parks. Mass Hike picks people up close to their homes in the city, drives to the outdoor destination, provides guided hikes and trail help, and then takes the hikers back to the city. By providing access to the outdoors, Mass Hike creates an opportunity for environmental education, exercise, and mental health benefits. Additionally, through sharing a vehicle, Mass Hike reduces carbon emissions from those who may have used a personal vehicle to drive the same destination, and encourages community development among individuals of different backgrounds. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,100.00
Projected Expense $2,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Guided Hikes

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Overview

Mission Statement

Mass Hike’s mission is to offer equitable access to the nature for all Bostonians. Mass Hike is a community-driven, start-up non-profit which provides affordable transportation from Boston to outdoor spaces, such as state reservations and parks. Mass Hike picks people up close to their homes in the city, drives to the outdoor destination, provides guided hikes and trail help, and then takes the hikers back to the city. By providing access to the outdoors, Mass Hike creates an opportunity for environmental education, exercise, and mental health benefits. Additionally, through sharing a vehicle, Mass Hike reduces carbon emissions from those who may have used a personal vehicle to drive the same destination, and encourages community development among individuals of different backgrounds. 

Background Statement

Mass Hike was created in 2016 when community health advocate, Malcolm, and long term Boston resident, Roxie, gathered a group of families to go on a hike. For many of those families, it was their first experience leaving the city and spending time in the outdoors. From that experience, Mass Hike was created to provide more opportunities for Bostonians to access nature.

Impact Statement

During the warmer months since 2016, Mass Hike has lead 8 guided trips from Boston to nature reservations and hiking trails. The trips are available for all Bostonians. In the past year, we have worked hard to reach out to university students, the Boston Housing Authority, and we are continuing to create connections among organizations working for social justice. From these efforts, our member list has grown to over 70 people. We have recently received a donated truck, which will allow us to expand and serve more people with more independence and flexibility. 

Needs Statement

We are currently seeking funds to insure our donated 14-person bus and begin providing trips twice a week. Currently, we offer one hike a month supported by in-kind vehicle donations from transportation companies, but we hope to be able to serve even more youth, families, and young professionals who crave community and nature.
 
Once we get the new shuttle on the road, we will be able to increase the frequency of trips, plan with more flexibility, and ultimately serve more people. Ticket sales will yield a fiscally self-sufficient transportation system which serves both full-price and reduced-priced ticket buyers. With operating costs for the bus covered and the vehicle running at top capacity, Mass Hike will be able to increase the number of trips offered, from once a month to twice a week. This increase will enable us to meet the popular demand by our customer base for trips. This increase will multiply the number of people served by the organization each year, from a current 104 to an estimated 504.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Mass Hike intends to serve the general public. Mass Hike provides hiking opportunities that are more accessible and affordable than any other regional options. Mass Hike accommodates all Bostonians; our buses pick up passengers within 10 walking minutes from their place of residence and drop them off at the same location at the end of the day. Our tickets are priced at $15, with $2 tickets available for hikers receiving low income aid.
 
In this way, everyone is able to utilize Mass Hike transportation and trip support. Mass Hike's mission is both to provide access to the outdoors for people who do not have a personal vehicle, and to reduce unnecessary carbon emissions from individuals using personal vehicles by providing a transportation that accommodates multiple people in one trip. 

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Public Transportations Systems
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Guided Hikes

Transportation - Our primary is service is transportation. Individuals may log on to our website (www.masshike.org) to purchase tickets for upcoming trips. These trips are core to our mission of making nature accessible to people living in the city. Tickets vary according to destination, but generally cost $15 round-trip per seat.

Guided Tours - A secondary service we offer is optional guided tours. These tours are led by experienced, trained, and first-aid certified hiker volunteers. In this way, lack of experience/low level of confidence will not prevent inexperienced hikers from getting out into nature and reaping the health benefit. This optional service is heavily favored by our customer base and nearly every customer opts to attend.

Safety Support - We provide every rider with a trail map of the day’s destination. Emergency contact information is provided on the reverse side of this map, which includes the phone number for the on-site Mass Hike volunteers, off-site Mass Hike representatives, and park rangers (if applicable). As mentioned above, a first-aid certified Mass Hike representative attends every trip. In case of emergency, this representative carries with them water, emergency food, and a first-aid kit.


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Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

At Mass Hike, we believe spending time in nature is medicine. We strive to make this health resource available to everyone regardless of their resources. We provide customers with convenient, affordable transportation out into, and we support riders all along their journey: trail guides, first aid, navigation support, and an optional guided tour. Furthermore, through a partnership with Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and other income-based housing developments, we are able to get our services to those who need it most, providing children and families with reduced-cost tickets as low as $2.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our primary goal is to make nature accessible to people living in the city regardless of income and access to a personal vehicle. Our second goal is to improve the health of people living in Boston, especially among low-income individuals and families. Our third goal is to develop a sense of community across different Boston populations that otherwise see little interaction. To achieve these goals, we set the following objectives:

Objective #1: Offer weekly trips from Boston to surrounding state parks and nature reserves.

Objective #2: Increase the frequency with which low-income individuals and families spend time in nature.

Objective #3: Conduct surveys on stress, anxiety, and sense of community in order to assess psychological outcomes among customers.


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Examples of Program Success 

Since 2016, Mass Hike has led 8 hikes in the outdoors for Bostonians. For many, this was their first time on a hike or enjoying nature.



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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Molly Gurney
CEO Term Start Apr 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
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Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Malcolm Matheson
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Board Chair Term Apr 2016 -
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Suraya Foster Community Volunteer Voting

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,100.00
Projected Expense $2,000.00
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Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in June 2017, as such a full year of financial data is not yet available.

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