Based on our giving philosophy, we use our grants program to help fund and support volunteer projects that take care of shared recreation spaces. From building trails to maintaining local parks, our members and customers cherish these public treasures and we believe the co-op can help preserve and protect wonderful outdoor places.
To do this, we made more than 330 grants totaling $4.48 million primarily to national and local nonprofits in 2011 that are committed to outdoor conservation efforts. Beyond grants to the nonprofits that have the ability to organize and create outreach events, we also mobilized people and families in active outdoor stewardship by hosting REI volunteer activities and events.
All REI stores across the country develop meaningful relationships with local nonprofits and actively partner in conservation projects on behalf of those that enjoy shared natural spaces. Watch REI store employees in action through a series of volunteer service projects in each of Manhattan’s five boroughs.
Efforts supported by company direct action and grants led to the following results:
569,828 volunteers cared for natural places
25,942 miles of trail were maintained and 694,710 acres of land were restored
3,352,118 volunteer hours were dedicated to working on trails, parks, and waterways
One example of a successful partnership is REI’s involvement with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a recipient of a 2011 Stewardship Leader Grant. Read the blog and watch the video that highlights the impact achieved through the combination of the love for the outdoors and sweat equity.
In addition, results for REI-promoted and sponsored efforts included: