many environmental groups out there doing great work, it’s impossible to make a
donation to every one. We recognize there’s only so much each of us
can donate toward environmental causes, and we also know our customers are the
experts when it comes to what’s going on in their backyard. That’s why we
created the Voice Your Choice? campaign.
Voice Your Choice? enables customers of Patagonia-owned
stores to become more involved in local environmental issues by providing
education, volunteer opportunities, and grant money
that our customers tell us how to spend.
Here’s how it works: After a great deal of research and local input, each
Patagonia-owned store selects three local groups they’ve determined are doing
something extraordinary to help restore and protect the environment. Representatives
from each of these groups will visit the store during the Voice Your Choice? campaign to share their work and offer you opportunities to get involved.
Additionally, each of our stores has $5000 in grant money
available for distribution. It’s up to you to decide how that money is spent.
Votes are cast in the store, and the top vote-getter will be awarded $2,500,
with the second- and third-place organizations receiving $1,500 and $1,000
Simply stop by your nearest Patagonia
store September 24-October 24, 2009 to learn about your local groups and vote.
No purchase whatsoever is necessary, but ballots must be cast in the store.(Make the jump for additional details and a complete list of last years Voice Your Choice? winners.)