The Mountaineers receives $30,000
The Mountaineers Youth Programs receive a $30,000 grant from The REI Foundation
The Mountaineers is proud to announce The REI Foundation’s continued support of youth programs through a $30,000 grant. The funding will assist in the expansion of The Mountaineers Youth and Family Initiative, specifically increasing repeat nature experiences among young people, lowering barriers and building pathways for participants to transition into more intensive programs.
“The Mountaineers received a Mary Anderson Legacy Grant from The REI Foundation in 2011 and 2012. This early investment in our youth programs allowed us to grow programs in Seattle, launch programs in Tacoma and Kitsap, and provided funding for expanded outreach to underserved youth,” said Martinique Grigg, The Mountaineers executive director. “We’re excited to build on the success of our programs with this grant. Research has shown that positive outdoor experiences during childhood create a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors. The Mountaineers is committed to instilling that appreciation in today’s youth, particularly young people from diverse communities.”
The Mary Anderson Legacy Grant was introduced in 2009 in celebration of the 100th birthday of REI’s co-founder. Mary Anderson, now 104, helped establish REI as a co-op in 1938 in Seattle with her husband, Lloyd, and fellow members of The Mountaineers community. The annual grant supports organizations that reflect her passion as an educator and as a trailblazer in participating in outdoor activities and sharing those experiences with others.
About the REI Foundation The REI Foundation was founded and supported by REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) in 1993. The Foundation's mission is to help ensure that tomorrow's outdoor enthusiasts and conservation stewards reflect the diversity of America. The REI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.