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Poverty, Youth, Disenfrachised


Does REI have a program to help disenfranchised poor families enjoy the outdoors? Specifically, using used equipment to help the poor be able to enjoy winter sports safely?

Art, West Sacramento, CA

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Thank you for this thoughtful question.

While the co-op does not have a program that specifically uses used equipment to help individuals enjoy winter sports safely, we do support 501c3 nonprofit organizations that connect historically underrepresented communities to the outdoors.  For example, one of our grant recipients in the Bay Area is Environmental Traveling Companions; ETC offers life-changing programs to more than 80,000 people with special needs including visual or mobility impairments, developmental disabilities, cancer and other life-threatening illness, and youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These programs include river rafting, sea kayaking, winter trips, and a Youth Leadership program. In addition to grants, our stores also support local outdoor non-profits through gear donations and volunteering. At a national level, REI has invested almost $8.4 million in over 400 different nonprofits in 2019. If you are interested in learning more about our philanthropy, including a list of all the non-profits that received a grant from REI in 2019, click here.

Thank you for your question and your interest in helping people get outdoors!



At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.