L-E-E-K Hunting and Mountain Preserve is a completely volunteer-run facility dedicated to offering therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans with all levels of disabilities.
MISSION: Provide a friendly handicap-accessible camp environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, LEEK believes in encouraging our wounded heroes to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations.
PURPOSE: L-E-E-K believes in providing a safe and friendly environment where wounded U.S. service members can assist each other through the healing process, both mentally and physically. We offer recreational opportunities specifically geared to each wounded veterans’ needs and abilities.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: L-E-E-K Preserve was founded by brothers and veterans Ed and Lew Fisher, along with their wives Kate and Elaine. The Fisher family purchased land in scenic Potter County, Pa. specifically to establish LEEK, a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization, which offers guided hunts, fishing outings and outdoor experiences for wounded veterans.
Since many of the participants in L-E-E-K’s program come to the Preserve directly from medical facilities throughout the U.S. where they have been recovering from serious injuries, the program is designed to provide a therapeutic outdoor experience as the wounded veteran’s introduction back into an accepting and appreciative society.
The experiences at L-E-E-K are an enormous undertaking that require thousands of volunteer hours each year, all provided by the Fisher family and a large network of volunteers, including the gracious communities of Northern Pennsylvania and Western New York.
The volunteers of LEEK, which include dozens of war veterans, believe in giving back to our disabled warriors, to ensure they feel appreciated and honored for their service and sacrifice.
Founding members Ed and Lew Fisher credit the Preserve’s success to their father, who was a dedicated volunteer and mentor. The Fisher brothers remain closely involved in the day-to-day operations at LEEK and hold the mission close to their hearts, having seen firsthand the challenges their own father faced as an amputee.