Two Million Hours: How REI Volunteers Stepped It Up in 2010

Two Million Hours: How REI Volunteers Stepped It Up in 2010


REI’s 2010 stewardship report outlines the company’s effort to engage others to protect natural spaces by mobilizing volunteers through local programs, grants and nonprofit partnerships.  Learn more from a blog by Kevin Hagen, REI’s director of corporate social responsibility

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:00am

A big "thank you" goes out to all of you who volunteered on an service project through REI or one of REI's nonprofit partners in 2010. It was quite a year of giving back.

Those fun hours we spent—clipping and yanking ivy, building and maintaining trails, cleaning up parks and beaches and getting dirty on similar stewardship projects all over the country—are captured in REI's recently released 2010 stewardship report.  The report, our fifth, includes a section on the co-op's efforts to partner with nonprofits to care for the outdoor places we enjoy.

While our financial support is important, our efforts go well beyond simply writing checks to worthy causes.  REI actively partners with nonprofits to promote outdoor volunteerism around the country. Our aim: mobilize our communities to help care for trails, parks, waterways, beaches and other shared natural spaces.

About REI
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.