In 2008, Adam Kunes traded in his cushy corporate job for a 1991 Ford Winnebago RV, and started an entire social movement.
“It was the best and the worst decision at the same time. It was my best mistake.”
Adam had only graduated 11 months prior, but already had a gut feeling that cubicle life was not where he wanted to be. While still in the confines of corporate America, Adam began reflecting. He thought back to a service trip he took to New Orleans in college where he met his buddy Andrew Blythe. He had a blast on that trip. Yes, he was gutting houses with mold, but he loved it! Adam wondered why there was a stigma that young people, like him, didn’t care anymore – he still did! But he felt stuck.
Burning with a desire to have fun and do good again, Adam talked things through with Andrew, and soon the duo landed on a plan to make their calling a reality: a 30-day road trip that would take them across the country volunteering. They had no plans after the trip, no vision of the future. They just knew that they needed to go, and now.
“It was like a calling, a need to serve and to do something that would matter.”
Now they would just need a mode of transportation… It would take Adam and Andrew a whole lot of courage over the following nine months to actually prepare for their adventure. First, they needed to raise $9,500 to buy “The Warrior,” the name they fondly bestowed unto their beat-up RV camper.
They told everyone they could about their idea with no reservations and held amateur fundraising events to get the word out. Yes, the idea was a bit unconventional, but Adam and Andrew’s enthusiasm was contagious. “We didn’t know what we were doing … we were just so passionate, and it fed the whole mission and what we were doing.”
They even got their parents on board. “I remember my Dad helping us fix up The Warrior in the backyard. There was so much support from our families. I don’t think we would have been able to do it without them.”
With “fixed-up” wheels and a longing to serve, Adam and Andrew set out across the country. They also decided to bring along their video camera, with plans to create a documentary of sorts to share the story with their supporters back home.
They would shoot the video in the only way they knew how: wing it (’cause they had NO idea what they were doing).
But just like the trip itself, the documentary would prove to be a serendipitous decision, helping snowball the trip into an entire social movement.
You can check out the result right here: