DOI / VISTA Team News

Meet DOI/VISTA Brady Adcock

by DOI/VISTA Support Office Staff
November 20, 2014

DOI/VISTA Brady Adcock, serving with the National Park Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in Damascus, Virginia, is busy strengthening the capacity of his organization in the small town of Damascus, VA. In Damascus (population 2,000 people), nearly 18% of residents live in poverty and 8% are unemployed.  The Appalachian Trail runs directly through Damascus and the town depends on ATC Hikers to provide economic opportunities in their community— using the  laundry,  stopping for a hot meal, buying supplies, hikers are an asset to this community. In an effort to raise funds to assist the town of Damascus with much needed community revitalization funds to stimulate economic development, Brady created the Community Pathway Project. . Patrons purchase bricks to create a special section of the Appalachian Trail in downtown. The brick maker is donating all of the bricks and over $30,000 has been raised so far, with more purchases coming in daily. The Community Pathway Project promotes consistent and sustainable economic development in the heart of Damascus, while demonstrating the importance of the Appalachian Trail as a local, national, and global asset.
This summer, Brady facilitated a workshop series Find Your Way to the Appalachian Trail - Happy Hiking, Healthy Living Campaign, which partnered with local businesses and organizations to promote healthy lifestyles in Damascus and surrounding communities. Over 1,300 people participated in activities with the ATC in Damascus due to Brady’s outreach efforts this year. Brady met all of the project plans for the three-year DOI/VISTA period in his one year of service! When Brady completes his year of service as a DOI/VISTA in February 2015, he plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and then continue his educational pursuits by attending law school in the fall.