TRR American River

Looking for participant veteran paddlers, and volunteers too! 
We are just starting up, so take the plunge and join an initial group of veterans who are wanting to experience flat and moving waters from the perspective of a kayak. It’s exciting, unending fun, builds many skill sets, and is very social.
Our initial work will be simply learning to get into kayaks in a swimming pool environment with trained volunteers. After a period of progression in the controlled and supported pool environment, we expect to be venturing out onto the waters of the American River, Spring and Summer.
If you are interested to learn more, you may contact either of our Chapter Coordinators:

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports