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Grants for outdoor journeys garner pride, encourage service

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Washington-based outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) helps its customers and its employees reach their personal outdoor goals.

The company offers grants of up to $300 worth of REI gear and apparel to employees embarking on outdoor athletic challenges and outdoor conservation or service projects.

And employees don’t have to go it alone. They can use the grants for projects or trips with local nonprofit clubs or organizations.

Last year, 146 of the company’s 9,000 employees—mostly from the firm’s retail stores—received grants.

Employees return with a sense of pride in themselves and the company, and share their triumphs and experiences with colleagues.

Contact: Megan Behrbaum, public affairs manager, at

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