SEATTLE — The REI Cooperative Action Fund has granted Alabama’s Singing River Trail $100,000 as part of a $4 million investment in 40 nonprofit organizations.
“This new investment is our largest to date, demonstrating the power of our community when we come together to make a positive impact,” said Kristen Ragain, REI Cooperative Action Fund managing director. “This generosity has allowed us to continue funding our existing partners, while engaging new organizations that strengthen the health and well-being of people and communities through time outside.”
As a community-supported nonprofit, the fund is fueled by donations from more than 800,000 REI Co-op customers, members, employees, corporate partners, and foundations. REI Co-op has a stores in Huntsville and Birmingham.
The trail, with its more than 200-mile greenway system, is one of seven new grantees in the program this year. The Singing River Trail qualifies due to its ability to strengthen regional bonds and create new health and wellness, educational, economic, tourism, entrepreneurial, and workforce opportunities for the people and communities of North Alabama, REI said.
The recipients are recommended in part by REI employees, peer funders, the general public, and government organizations.