Ridge Trail Awarded $50k REI Grant for Volunteer Program

REI Stewardship Leader Grant Boosts Our Volunteer Program 

We are honored to be one of just 14 nonprofits across the country to receive a Stewardship Leader Grant from REI. REI selected one leading organization in each of its largest markets and awarded the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council $50,000 to support capacity-building in trail stewardship. Kevin Hagen, REI’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director notes “These organizations focus on providing meaningful and fun ways to care for local outdoor trails, parks and waterways. By collaborating with these nonprofits on a long-term basis, we strive to strengthen these programs and mobilize our co-op members and communities to volunteer for the places we love.” 

The Ridge Trail grant will support two primary activities with volunteers: trail monitoring and leadership development. Through our monitoring program, we will train volunteers to monitor the Ridge Trail and report on conditions, including signage and access to the trail. Key goals are to engage more people with more volunteer opportunities, improve their experience and effectiveness with training and resources, and to cultivate leadership among volunteers, who play such a critical role in promoting the Ridge Trail and fulfilling our mission. For more information about our volunteer program, contact Joel Gartland at volunteer@ridgetrail.org.

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