Inspring and Empowering Communities through Adventure

EMPOWER was founded with a passion for leadership, and with the lofty objective of inspiring and empowering communities through adventure. It was the vision of EMPOWER’s Founders, Joe and Maureen DeRing, to open an adventure facility that provided positive adventure experiences while serving as a resource for the Middletown and Middlesex County Communities. Since 2009, EMPOWER has developed partnerships with many local agencies, non-profits, and municipalities – continually striving to achieve our goal of inspiring and empowering individuals, families, groups, and communities through positive, memorable, and exciting adventures!

Amazing Grace Food Pantry

EMPOWER believes no on should go hungry and we are committed to helping St. Vincent de Paul and Amazing Grace year round by asking our visitors to each donate a non-perishable food item. Since 2013, EMPOWER guests have generously donated 4,823 pounds of food! The Amazing Grace Food Pantry serves an estimated 3,000 individuals, or 1,075 households each month. 20% of all food at Amazing Grace is provided by the greater Middletown Community, organized food drives, and large corporate and school food drives.

Please consider helping by donating or volunteering!

Middletown Youth Services Bureau

Since 2012, EMPOWER has partnered with the Middletown Youth Services Bureau to provide youths, in Middletown, with both recreational and educational adventure experiences – leading programs for the Mayoral Youth Cabinet, Middletown Public Schools, and the Juvenile Revue Board. The Mission Middletown’s Youth Service Bureau (MYSB) is to advocate and coordinate all resources for youth in order to overcome participation barriers and promote positive youth development

Please consider volunteering and/or check out their Summer “Films on Foss” series at Wesleyan University!

June 24th – The Sandlot      July 8th – Moana

July 22nd – The Incredibles      August 5th – The Princess Bride

Community Foundation of Middlesex County

EMPOWER is excited to host the Third Annual Rally for Bully Free Communities on October 5th, 2017! Since 2015, EMPOWER has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, leading community-building adventure activities while serving as the host site for the Rally. The Community Foundation is a dedicated group of individuals and business committed to improving our communities now and in the future – with the concept of pooling resources to support the community where we live, work, and play!

Please consider Taking the Pledge to End All Mean-Spirited Behavior or donating to the Community Foundation!

Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

EMPOWER has been a member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce since opening in 2009. EMPOWER’s Founder, Joe DeRing, and Managing Partner, Dan Jaskot have both been very active with “The Chamber” – with Dan currently serving as the Chair of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Alliance and member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, while hosting an annual Young Professionals Zip Lining Event at EMPOWER. The Chamber is a dynamic business organization with over 2,175 members that employ over 50,000 people.  Considering joining the Chamber and take advantage of amazing networking and resources – including monthly Member Business After Work Events, Chamber Member Breakfasts, Business to Business Expo, Cruise Night on Main, countless workshops, and more!

Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association

EMPOWER has been a member of the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association since 2010 and is excited to take part in the CRPA’s Annual Camp College Event on June 3rd, 2017. This will be the 4th year in which EMPOWER has “presented” at CRPA’s Camp College – with the presentations always focused on bringing campers and counselors together through positive adventure! The CRPA is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and parks services within the state of Connecticut. CRPA boasts a membership of over 650 individual professionals from municipal and private non profit, park, recreation, and camp organizations!

Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau

The EMPOWER Team has been active promoting the great food, drink, events, and activities that Connecticut has to offer. Whether it be through local partnerships, participation in State Tourism Events, or through engagement with the Convention and Sports Bureau (CTCSB) – EMPOWER believes Connecticut has wonderful offerings for residents and visitors! EMPOWER has hosted multiple CTCSB networking events and continues to be involved state-wide, regionally, and locally in Connecticut tourism efforts.