Returning Volunteers: Please Take our Survey: HERE
Please note: We often meet at central locations and caravan to more remote work sites. Promptness is appreciated, as we will depart 10 minutes after the posted meet time. Due to variable weather conditions all vehicles and drivers must remain on site for the duration of the project.
Lost and Found: Your T -shirt, hoodie, ball cap or water bottle — Please contact Lisa for pick up info
The nature of all CUSP projects can be challenging, please review project descriptions carefully. Fire rehab projects are dirty; please dress and prepare accordingly.
Groups: may be contacted directly for specific or urgent needs. Please be patient and flexible, needs often change quickly.
Individuals: Please register your booking at this site on “Open” projects.
In hazardous areas we must strictly adhere to minimum age restrictions, which vary according to site.
Expectant mothers should check with their physicians prior to attending projects in recently burned areas.
Pets are not allowed on CUSP projects.
Please do not bring your own tools unless requested.
There are many ways to get used to the altitude so you can get the most out of your visit to Colorado. Here are some tips to get acclimated so you can focus on having fun and lending CUSP a much needed hand!
- Take it Easy
It’s understandable that you’re eager to hit the ground running, but take it slowly. Over-exerting yourself will only make it harder to adjust to the elevation. Try a low-impact activity on your first day, such as walking around the grounds of the resort. Sleeping overnight in Colorado Springs (or your Colorado destination) will acclimate your body to 6320ft before you make the ascent to a higher elevation.
- Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of liquids. High elevations can cause fluid loss, so it’s important to stay well hydrated. Stick with water or liquids that replace electrolytes. Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages such as soda-pop. These liquids act as diuretics and can dehydrate you. Drink lots of water! Frequent urinating from consuming so much water is much better than lying in bed with a splitting headache.
- Eat Right
Stop in at local restaurants to recharge. A meal high in carbohydrates will improve your body’s ability to absorb oxygen, and will give you the energy needed to adjust to the elevation. Avoid salty foods – the sodium will increase your blood pressure, which can exacerbate the symptoms of altitude sickness.
- Take Your Vitamins
It’s been shown that taking iron supplements makes it easier to perform aerobic activities (like skiing) at high elevations. Consult a doctor first, though – iron is toxic in high doses. Taking 120 mg of Ginko Biloba in the weeks leading up to your getaway, and maintaining that dosage during your trip can also reduce the time needed to adjust to the altitude.
- Hold the Beer
Alcohol and tobacco can impact your body’s ability to absorb oxygen. Of course, it’s hard not to indulge yourself when in beautiful Colorado! Swing by one of the local and great micro-breweries and knock-back a cold one once you feel acclimated to the elevation.
- Get Medicated
Drugs such as Diamox (Acetazolamide) can reduce the symptoms and duration of altitude sickness. Ideally, Diamox should be taken a few days prior to your trip, but it can also be used on the spot if you start feeling ill. Keep ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand to prevent headaches.
- If All Else Fails
If you’re feeling ill, descend to a lower elevation. Sometimes the best remedy is simply time. While no one wants to lose out on a day’s fun, you’ll feel even worse if your whole trip is wrecked due to prolonged illness.
*Some Projects will require a site specific Liability Release, you will be informed if you are signing up for such a project.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated as well. Current funding is very limited for fire rehab efforts; CUSP and partnering agencies continue our work through the generosity of a caring community. While looking at the skyline, a donation of trees may seem in order, yet buckets, chainsaws, work gloves and seed are greatly needed. Fire & flood mitigation, recovery and restoration are long-term efforts.
Please keep this in your thoughts and do consider lending a much-needed hand or making a donation to CUSP at http://cusp.ws/donate/
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