Trinity Oaks uses hunting, fishing and outdoor activities to give back to their community and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
Tom Snyder, founder and chairman of Trinity Oaks, grew up without the comforts and ease that many of his peers experienced. As an adult, he has sought ways to share his passion for the outdoors and to give back to the community – especially to children who are living childhoods similar to his. That inspired Tony and his wife Nona to start Trinity Oaks.
Inspiring people with outdoor experiences
Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)3 located near San Antonio, Texas, operates from an understanding that outdoor activities improve the lives of those who participate in them, and that those experiences, in turn, profoundly impact the wellness of society as a whole.
Since 2007, Trinity Oaks has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people through more than 100 hunting and fishing events each year. They host programs for Purple Heart and combat veterans, adults battling terminal illness and their families, young people with special needs and youth seeking mentorship.
How it works
Trinity Oaks spans three properties, Guadalupe River Camp – an outdoor retreat, Paige’s Place – a handicap-accessible bay house and lighted fishing pier, and the Thumbtack Ranch.
The Thumbtack Ranch sits on 2,000 acres 90 minutes south of San Antonio in Batesville, Texas. The property offers an extensive lodging complex, shooting ranges and year-round access to hunting and fishing experiences.
Supporting those in need
Trinity Oaks also processes and distributes over 10,000 pounds of game meat each month to address food insecurity and hunger in Texas. They provide 1,150 meals to their neighbors per day, which translates to distributing 540,000 meals per year to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s homes and local churches who provide services to the poor. They also send dried and smoked meats to American troops overseas.
Thanks to the gifts of others
Texas Farm Credit helps offset the cost to participate, helping to open the doors of Trinity Oaks to those cannot afford it. Tom and his team are very grateful for the support of Texas Farm Credit and others who have stepped up to contribute to Trinity Oaks and their mission.
“Texas Farm Credit is very philanthropic and supports a lot of charities throughout the San Antonio area and throughout Texas,” said Tom. “And the number of donors who have stepped up in addition to Texas Farm Credit to help us with this project has just been amazing.”