Wednesday, June 16, 2010

With a Little Help...

With help from some of our industry partners, NEMO has made a financial donation to 5 nonprofit organizations this spring. Surfrider Foundation, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), The Humane Society of America, Wounded Warrior Project and The Youth Outdoors Legacy Fund have all been chosen as beneficiaries.

Last year, we invited our industry friends to join us in utilizing our Pro Purchase Program to donate $2 in lieu of a handling fee, to one of five non-profit organizations. We pledged to match the donation at the end of the year. The five organizations were chosen by NEMO employees based on personal connections to the cause and a shared opinion of the organizations’ global value. Below are links and descriptions of each of the five organizations. We understand the value of supporting organizations that protect the people and places that make adventure both possible and deeply rewarding and we encourage you to get involved with an organization you share common goals with.

Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, CA, the Surfrider Foundation maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. (A timely donation in the wake of the BP oil spill.)

IMBA was founded in 1988 by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to cyclists. It believed that mountain biker education programs and innovative trail management solutions should be developed and promoted. Its mission is to protect, create, and enhance quality trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. In addition, it actively promotes responsible mountain biking, supports volunteer trail work, assists land managers with trail management issues, and works to improve relations among trail user groups.

The Humane Society of America, established in 1954, seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals. It works to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. It is the lead disaster relief agency for animals, and provides direct care for thousands at its sanctuaries, rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics. (Also a timely donation with the BP oil spill).

Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. It aims to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.

Youth Outdoors Legacy Fund was established in 2005 when several leaders in the Outdoor Community came together to pool resources for the purpose of providing assistance to non-profit organizations that were reaching out to urban kids to get them involved in outdoor activities. It believes that with a long term investment in community, ten to twenty years from now we will have fostered passionate stewards to continue the great work that has been going on in the conservation community


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