Our grants program funds and supports volunteer programs that are dedicated to caring for outdoor recreational destinations and resources. From building trails to maintaining local parks, our members and customers value these public treasures and we believe the co-op has a role in helping to preserve and protect wonderful outdoor places.
To do this, we made more than 300 grants totaling $4 million primarily to national and local nonprofits in 2012 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. Watch outdoor enthusiasts in New York City and San Francisco explain why volunteering for “the love of outside” results in a powerful and rewarding experience for all involved.
Efforts supported by company direct action and grants led to the following results:
396,000 volunteers cared for natural places
54,000 miles of trail were maintained and 94,000 acres of land were restored
2.9 million volunteer hours were dedicated to working on trails, parks, and waterways
In addition, results for REI-promoted and sponsored efforts included: