10 CAN, Inc.

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Outdoor Ministry

About Us

10 CAN, Inc. is faith-based nonprofit for Military and First Responder families: designed to honor, revive, and grow children and youth through outdoor recreation, education, and rehabilitation. Our programs are also open to the public. Founded on Biblical principles and developed for children and youth of American Heroes, the Outdoor Recreation and Education ministry includes opportunities for all youth. Established in 2014 as a Christian Adventure Network, 10 CAN provides retreats for likeminded organizations to revive, refocus, and motivate wounded First Responders, Veterans, and Military personnel from all across the world. 


Headquartered in Newberry, Florida, 10 CAN coordinates a wide range of activities with a major concentration on outdoor education and recreation. This includes gardening, hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, camping, canoeing, etc. Additionally, we offer team building adventures, self-defense training for groups, and marketing assistance to Veteran owned businesses and service organizations. We are a grassroots movement to rally Volunteers and Veterans for a cause. 100% of donations received goes toward our programs. Donors are welcome to select which program they want to support.  Our fundraiser events and services help offset operational cost (public speaking engagements, self-defense training, labor, etc.).


10 CAN, Inc. is comprised of an all-volunteer force. We are ran by five Board members and nearly 100 volunteers per year. Volunteers must perform within the parameters of biblical ethics. We are not associated with a particular church or religion, and often take the Light of Christ into places that churches would not normally go. We evangelize through action, adventure, and the great outdoors. We believe that a solid childhood foundation equates to effective and resilient adulthood. This is a proactive approach to solving the medical phenomena of PTSD, reducing criminal behavior, and changing the world through our backyard. Our goals are: to enhance the quality of life for our Heroes by bridging the family gap created during combat; empower self-healing through faith and purpose; and develop a future of warriors who are equipped to handle Secondary Traumatic Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress.

While the most effective healing happens at home, it is a strong root system that keeps a tree standing through the storm.


History of Our Name

Divinely inspired, “10 CAN” represents the importance of an emerging adolescent’s Rite of Passage - a vital part of establishing a solid foundation and strong roots. Also founded on the philosophy of the 10 Commandments, living a good life is as simple as following 10 rules.

Three Programs

  • Outdoor Recreational Therapy
  • Children & Youth Development
  • Family Fitness

Combined Efforts Go a Long Way

As a Christian Adventure Network we're honored to work with other ministries and similar organizations. Our coalition consists of churches, schools, service organization, government agencies, and outreach programs. We provide spiritual mentoring, referrals, and partnerships that fosters a tribal society. We cross social boundaries to reach all walks of life.   

Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience in Military, Law Enforcement, Adaptive Recreation, Agriculture, and Adolescent Development. Our Family Fitness model builds strong relationships through an emotional context captured during a positive adventure. This is our method in combating PTSD (the result of emotional context attached to a negative situation).

Mission & Vision

 To honor, revive, and grow Military & First Responder families through outdoor recreation, education, and rehabilitation.  


To motivate wounded Military and Law Enforcement personnel through outdoor ministry. To enrich the lives of children through diversity in the outdoors (hunting, fishing, foraging, survival, etc.). To promote impact-driven adolescents through a Wilderness Survival Rite of Passage. And to demonstrate that Faith can overcome all.

Meet the Team

Founder and Executive Director, retired USAF MSgt Matthew R. Burke, received a Devine calling to youth ministry in 2005. Without hesitation, he immediately began making an impact. Since 2005, Matthew has mentored more than 5,000 children in six states and three countries. Upon medically retiring from service in 2013, Matthew established 10 CAN, Inc. with the help of his eldest daughter Jasmine Burke. Learn more about our founder below.

Co-founder and Vice-President, Jasmine Burke is a 17 year old senior at Newberry High School. She is the lead instructor at Newberry Martial Arts, owns her own business called Teaching Grace (where she teaches piano lessons to children), co-chairs the Alachua County Father-Daughter Dance, and has devoted over 1,000 hours of community service since 2014.

Ms. Linda Stanton earned the nickname "Buckshot Stanton" in 2015 after showcasing her talent and motivation for 10 CAN, Inc. Linda is a 67 year old grandmother who works circles around volunteers half her age. Her background is in hospitality, human relations, and sales. She now serves as the Marketing Director for 10 CAN. Linda earned the Pete Sabo award in 2016 after volunteering nearly 1,500 hours of community service.

Army Veteran, Captain David Gray, is the Chief of the Gainesville VA OEF/OIF Transitional Care department. His care and passion for helping Wounded Warriors goes beyond his job at the VA. David serves on our board as the Director of Outdoor Recreational Therapy. He and his son won the Ultimate Warrior during the 2016 Survival Race for Heroes.  

Colonel Liz McDaniel, US Army Reserves, is the Director of Military Outreach for 10 CAN. Her passion and commitment to her troops is evident in her daily walk. She has mastered the art of evangelizing through action.

Jessica Baker is our Finance Officer.

Joey Wheaton, Adam Burke, and Eddie Corona are our Strategic Advisors.


About our Founder

Matthew Burke, a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, incurred injuries while engaged in combat with enemy forces in Afghanistan on September 10, 2011. Due to his combat injuries, the Air Force classified him as a wounded warrior and medically retired him after 13 years of active duty. He witnessed with his own family the hardships that arise from serving his country and community, and the fortitude required to work through disabilities to hold a family together. He believes that everyone has the potential to be great if given the opportunity. Within his military career, he deployed four times to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His specialties included aircraft maintenance, safety, anti-terrorism, recruiting and human relations, education, traffic management and base operations, airfield management, and strategic leadership.


Matthew holds an Associates degree in Aerospace Maintenance and Human Relations, a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters degree in Specialized Ministry, and is concluding a Dissertation for his Doctorate degree in Public Policy & Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. Matthew is a Black belt in Taekwondo, with a 23-2 record. He has competed in multiple national and state level martial arts tournaments. His self-defense background includes Shotokan, Jujitsu, hand-to-hand combat, and boxing. In 2014, Matthew was selected as part of the elite Team USA to compete in the Inaugural Invictus Games in London; bringing home Gold and Silver medals in swimming and rowing. He also made it to the top 10 in Archery. Additionally, he was selected for the Air Force team to compete against the US Army at West Point during the Army Games, and for the military Paralympic Warrior Games in Colorado's Olympic training center and the US Air Force Academy.  


Matthew is a dedicated Christian, husband, father, and an avid outdoorsman. He has hunted big game all across North America, and now conducts youth hunts as a certified Hunt Master with Florida Fish and Wildlife. His focus is to create well-rounded outdoorsmen through hunting, fishing, and wilderness survival training. Matthew's return to the outdoors post combat injury provided the necessary tools for his rehabilitation. His philosophy in rehabbing disabled Vets is simple: find a moment in your childhood that made you happy; nurture those roots; and get back into the game. Put your faith and family first. 


Through farming, outdoor recreational therapy, and adaptive sports, Matthew was able to overcome his injuries by learning to work within his limitations. Accepting the new norm, focusing on what he can do and not what he cannot do, and surrounding himself with positive people helps him get through the daily grind.  He decided to give back to fellow disabled veterans by establishing 10 CAN, Inc. on a farm that he bought. Starting with just one family, the mission has grown to serve more than 500 families. Together with many organizations, he fosters a “One Team, One Fight” mission. Matthew trained under an Army Green Beret for wilderness survival, and has 32 years of hunting and fishing experience in six different states.

 

Matthew took on a year of reviving the local American Legion as the Commander. In his tenure, he was able to establish a working relationship with Alachua County Veterans Services (bringing urban resources to rural Vets), North Florida Career Source (offering job opportunities to Vets and less fortunate families), Blessed Hope Food Bank (serving over 500 families a month), and Bank of America to build a community peach orchard. He helped stand-up the nonprofit GROW HUB, was an active member of the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, developed a mushroom garden at GET, and sat on the Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board. While continuously serving as the Executive Director of 10 CAN, Inc., Matthew works diligently to complete a Dissertation on Secondary Traumatic Stress in Law Enforcement Officers. Matthew's passion for the outdoors and his love for family has driven him to overcome several combat injuries. His extensive knowledge of wilderness survival has led him to successfully complete several survival challenges; including a 4 day/3 night 114 miles with 10lbs of gear and no food or water to bring awareness for Wounded First Responders.


As a public speaker, Matthew educates the community on post-traumatic stress, adaptive recreation, and adolescent development. He is a motivational speaker for children and youth, presents to public leaders on the nature of working with Veterans within their communities or place of employment, and collaborates to combat poverty through gardening.