Now and then, it seems nice to give a local business a pat on the back for a job well done.
Mountain Equipment Recyclers deserves one. To begin with, the company was founded with a commitment to giving 50 percent of the sales of its donated outdoor equipment to charities that serve military families. An additional 5 percent of items that are consigned through the store is given to those charities as well. So the company always had a charitable purpose in mind.
But there's more. M.E.R. actually exceeded its own hopes this year, raising $11,941 for charity instead of its $10,000 goal. That's impressive in a down economy. And the money is certainly needed in our community.
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT RECYCLERS, INC. EXCEEDS FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR MILITARY NON-PROFIT PARTNERS BY RAISING $11,941 IN 2011.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO; JANUARY 11, 2012: When Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. opened in January 2011, a fundraising goal of $10,000 was set for our military non-profit partners. After a lot of hard work and strong support from the community, the store produced $11,941 for the year. This has been very exciting and rewarding!
Moving forward, the store hopes to reach a goal of $25,000 in 2012. This will be accomplished through increased partnerships in the community and hard work on behalf of the store.
About Mountain Equipment Recyclers:
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. is a retail donation and consignment store of high-quality outdoor equipment located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gear includes camping, backpacking,
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc.
skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, climbing, fly fishing, canoes/kayaks, and any other outdoor activity associated with this beautiful state. The store business model is inspired by passion for the outdoors combined with compassion for military families dealing with PTSD, TBI and other injuries. The store is founded on the premise of supporting the local community in a sustainable way, promoting the protection of the environment, and a “giving back” attitude. M.E.R. is committed to helping local soldiers and their families. 50% of the sale of donated gear is given directly to non-profit organizations assisting local military families. 5% of consigned gear is given to the same causes. The three non-profits are:
Life Quest Transitions (http://www.mylq.org)
The Home Front Cares (http://www.thehomefrontcares.org/)