What is FOR?

FOR Mission Statement:
To raise funds to create a financially sustainable year-round facility and to plan and support expansions of the Siskiyou Skating Rink and Community Pavilion.

Friends Of the Rink (FOR) is a grass-roots nonprofit organization made up of individuals from Mt. Shasta and surrounding communities. The FOR team is passionate about skating, community and the Siskiyou Ice Rink. FOR was originally established both to support the management of the Siskiyou Ice Rink and to raise funds for improvements at the rink.

FOR has two goals:

1) To help the Siskiyou Ice Rink stay financially successful on a year-to-year basis, and
2) To raise funds to build a roof for the facility.

The need for a benevolent organization to help support the Mt. Shasta Recreation and Parks District in facilitating and maintaining the Siskiyou Ice Rink became clear early in the rink’s development. Beginning as a rink advisory committee, FOR soon evolved into a charitable group working under the umbrella of the Associated Charitable Resource of South Siskiyou (ACROSS). ACROSS was established in the year 2000 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, primarily to enhance the surrounding community by enabling charitable groups such as FOR.

FOR has assisted the rink in numerous capacities, including: raising funds for youth and adult hockey programs and school field trip opportunities; providing volunteers and qualified individuals to assist with rink operations; helping to organize special events at the rink; organizing and providing specialized fundraising events, and helping to promote the rink and its activities. FOR developed our team to take a front-seat role with fundraising and rink operations and successfully helped re-open the rink for the 2012-2013 winter skate season, and is doing so again for the 2013-2014 rink season.

Over the past 10 years of its existence, FOR has gone through several waves of participation and rotation of board members. Participating individuals have always been energetic, devoted to the welfare of the rink, and generous with their time and talents. At this time, FOR’s core active group consists of 10 members who meet regularly for the purpose of re-establishing the Siskiyou Ice Rink as a unique and vibrant venue for recreational opportunities in Siskiyou County and its surrounding upper California and southern Oregon communities, and it’s farther-traveling guests.