Working with chapters and individuals to help those in need
Through the Safari Club International Foundation’s myriad of humanitarian programs, SCI chapters and individual members demonstrate the highest levels of philanthropy by directly reaching out to people in need throughout the world. Join us and help make a difference! We invite you to be a part of the SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services team. We gladly accept donations for all of our programs.
SafariCare Bell Family Blue Bag Program
SafariCare Blue Bags like the Bell Family Blue Bag are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of schoolchildren or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys. The Blue Bag is taken to remote areas of the world by hunters who have planned hunts in these regions. The supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, orphanages and schools, doctors, caretakers and teachers to use with people in need.
Sportsmen Against Hunger
Since the program’s inception in 1989, SCI Chapter members have organized community and statewide systems designed to help hunters annually share a portion of their wild game harvest with hungry people. This generosity provides millions of low-fat, low-cholesterol, preservative-free, high-protein meals annually at soup kitchens across the United States. Hunters, meat processors, food banks and soup kitchens are cooperating in most U.S. states, parts of Canada, and in several other countries around the world. Last year in Las Vegas, just one sportsmen against Hunger event fed 835 needy people giving them a much-needed meal with high quality protein of venison.
Pathfinders are those who due to a major life changing experience must create a new path in life. These people are disabled and may include those that are terminally ill, wounded during military service and veterans. Pathfinder hunters and shooters across the country are benefiting from the generous gifts of time, goods and services provided by SCI members, who try to make outdoor sports available and accessible to the disabled hunter. SCI Chapters reported providing hundreds of disabled hunters with hunting opportunities during chapter events for disabled hunters of all ages, including veterans and youths.
Each year, SCIF sponsors and coordinates all-expense-paid, world-class hunting safari for the Pathfinder Award Winner and their caregiver to go an annual Pathfinder hunt. This award is presented to an individual faced with overcoming a physical challenge or disability that is otherwise capable of interfering with a routine way through life; the recipient is someone who has a “never quit” attitude and who is recognized as an ambassador for other “pathfinders” who face similar challenges.
The SCI Foundation is dedicated to honoring those who give their blood, sweat and lives in the service of their country. The Foundation has established a Veterans Committee for Humanitarian Services to oversee assisting veterans in local communities. The Veterans Committee plans and holds an Annual Breakfast Event where veterans eat free, and breakfast participants can bid on auction items and buy sweepstakes tickets. This allows all attendees including veterans to bid and win, and money raised during the event is earmarked specifically for the Veterans Programs.
Committee members also visit the Walter Reed Hospital during the SCI May Board meeting in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of the military service men and women have made for their country. Another activity Committee members participate in is the Wreath Laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, individual committee members are active in their local Chapters and carryout various outdoor programs that are open to veterans and their families. Dedicated SCI members and supporters of veterans freely give their time and money to assist veterans through local SCI events like fund raising, special hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Sensory Safari offers a unique opportunity to the visually impaired. Children and adults are escorted by knowledgeable “safari guides” through a variety of touchable displays of animal, fish and bird mounts, skins, skulls and horns. The guides describe the animals and their habitats and behaviors as participants touch and sometimes even hug the displays. Sensory Safaris can be held year-around and be located virtually anywhere, giving visually impaired children and adults a hands-on wildlife education.
Humanitarian Services Matching Grants
The Humanitarian Services Matching Grant Program distributes grants to help SCI Chapters support opportunities which further the mission of SCI/F and humanitarian services projects. Humanitarian Services develops and administers programs and projects worldwide that involve hunters or hunting in providing aid to people in need. Examples of Humanitarian Services projects are Sportsmen Against Hunger campaigns, filling and distribution of Blue Bags, Sensory Safaris (including events, permanent displays and mobile units), and any hunting related activities to raise funds for cancer research.