Today, we are shining a light on REI, one of our longest-standing corporate partners, who has supported the High Line's Volunteer Program since 2011.
If you haven't had the chance, we encourage you to read
this op-ed on the New York Times about the passing of Mary Anderson, co-founder of REI, who died at the age of 107. Mary and her husband founded REI as a cooperative in 1938, in the aftermath of the Great Depression, in response to a lack of affordable outdoor equipment. Today, REI is the United States' largest consumer cooperative run entirely by members and still maintains the ethos that Mary Anderson and her husband set forth in the beginning: that outdoor recreation should be affordable and accessible. With that spirit of generosity in mind, REI gives back more than 70% of its profits to fund community-centered programs aimed at celebrating the outdoors, including to Friends of the High Line.
We at Friends of the High Line are extremely grateful to REI for helping fund the High Line Volunteer Program year after year. We could never maintain and operate the park without the support of our volunteers. High Line volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the park is maintained to the highest possible standards, and in helping to build a strong sense of community on the High Line.
Thank you, REI, for your partnership, dedication to the outdoors, and keeping Mary Anderson's legacy alive in everything you do.