Gaiam Gives Back to Local Communities

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 17th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back

Students at J.A. Rogers Academy in Kansas City, Mo., try out fitness tools donated by Gaiam.

From inner-city schools to homeless shelters to hospitals, Gaiam has donated yoga mats, fitness tools, BalanceBall chairs, bedding, water bottles, cleaning supplies, solar-powered gadgets and more to those in need in Colorado (where Gaiam’s headquarters are located) and other states throughout the U.S.

“Gaiam gives several donations every week,” says staffer Kate Weaver. “It’s heart-warming to see how many different organizations we are able to reach.”

Some of the groups and organizations Gaiam has donated to include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, military personnel, private and public schools, athletic events, Girl Scout troops, daycare centers, nurses, occupational therapists, summer camps, health and wellness conferences, animal rescue groups, cancer research programs, yoga centers, special needs organizations and nonprofits.

Here are just a few of Gaiam’s memorable donations from the past few years:

Gaiam annual giving tree

During the holiday season, Gaiam employees purchase gifts for local children and seniors in need through the City and County of Broomfield’s Holiday Giving Tree. So far, Gaiam employees have given hundreds of gifts to those in need.

Yoga mats to the Navy

Gaiam sent yoga mats to a military and civilian team helping with reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The yoga equipment was added to the team’s small gym to help promote health and wellness for the military personnel.

Yoga mats and other supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti

Gaiam donated 200 yoga mats as well as solar-powered radios and flashlights to those left homeless by the earthquake in Haiti. In addition, the company worked with Ohio-based Matthew 25 Ministries to donate more than 50 pallets of goods worth almost $175,000 from the Gaiam Distribution Center to the ministries’ Haiti relief efforts.

Cleaning supplies to an animal shelter

Gaiam provided eco-friendly cleaning supplies to Cavy Care Inc., a nonprofit organization in Aurora, Colo., dedicated to providing shelter, care, rehabilitation and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted guinea pigs.

Yoga straps to nonprofit for high-risk youth

Gaiam gave yoga straps to a beginning yoga class at the Third Way Center in Englewood, Colo., a nonprofit organization that helps high-risk, homeless, mentally ill and disadvantaged youth.

Supplies to tornado victims

Gaiam employees donated bedding, personal care products, toys, clothing and other items as well as money and gift cards to tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and paid to ship the boxes to aid workers in the southern state.

Thanksgiving meals to the poor

Donating hundreds of turkeys to the Denver Rescue Mission, Gaiam helps provide Thanksgiving meals to the poor and homeless in the Denver area. Read more about Gaiam’s Thanksgiving donations.

School supply drive

Every September, Gaiam staffers contribute fully-stocked backpacks to the Crayons to Calculators school supply drive, which provides backpacks to children in need to start their school year off right. Not only do our employees donate cash, backpacks and school supplies, but they also have the opportunity to take paid time off to volunteer for the event — stuffing and delivering the backpacks to local schools.


  1. My name is MSgt Chris Eder and I would like the opportunity to introduce Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In 2009, two USMC Veterans parlayed their experience in the Marine Corps with 20 years worth of experience in the Health & Wellness Industry to create this vision. Since then, we have provided over $500,000 worth ofFREE Health & Wellness services to Wounded Warriors and rely on support and partnership from individuals and organizations to move our mission forward and forge mutually beneficial relationships.

    We offer several free (weekly/monthly) yoga for vets classes across the U.S. as well as quarterly Warrior Resiliency Days to large populations. (100+) Over the past several months, we’ve been able to outfit our teachers with yoga mats from various charitable orgs, but have not been able to get any props, ie: blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets. Some of our wounded populations in Bethesda, Quantico and Camp Lejurne really depend on heavily propped classes. We’re currently bring our gear to these warriors, which limits the amount of students we can impact at any one time. I’m hoping you might be willing to donate some accessories to help support our mission. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    MSgt Chris Eder, USAF
    SFHW Public Affairs Officer/Staff Yoga Director
    Certified Vinyasa and Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor
    Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness TM
    A Nonprofit Organization providing Health & Wellness Solutions to our Nation’s Wounded Warriors, Active Duty/Reserve Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

    MSgt Chris Eder | June 23rd, 2012 | Comment Permalink
  2. Hi,
    I am a student a fantastic yoga studio called Yoga Seed Collective. The Yoga Seed Collective is a 501(C)3 organization. They are Sacramento, California’s only non-profit studio! I have been out of work and unable to find a job for over a year now and these fabulous people allow me to attend classes a few times a week although I am unable to make any contribution to them! If it were not for this studio I would have lost my sanity long ago. They are a terrific group of people and do a lot of community outreach to Veterans, the homeless, people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. They allow everyone that attends the studio to borrow mats, blocks & straps at no additional cost.
    They are about to celebrate their second anniversary and so, their mats are a bit worn out. I want to give back to this community and since I am unable to contribute financially, I am asking if you would be so kind as to donate mats to them.
    PLEASE consider my request and feel free to contact me should you like anymore information or if there is anything that I can do to facilitate this donation.
    You can check the studio out at :

    Kris | October 1st, 2012 | Comment Permalink
  3. Hi Gaiam! I am a teacher’s aide at a 7th Day Adventist school in Coeurd’Alene Idaho. I am a 200 hour yoga instructor and recently started teaching yoga for PE at this tiny school! The kids love it, as many are very new to yoga and I am so grateful to get to share this beautiful form of exercise and relaxation with them. I feel that school nationwide has become so very stressful for many kids, and yoga is such a great inspiration and release for their bodies, minds and spirits! The school is very low on funding and I am looking for a wonderful donor for some mats. We would need just 30 mats, and of course would love used mats if any are available!

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

    Shelly Johnson | September 25th, 2015 | Comment Permalink
  4. We would like to introduce ourselves, we are Hero-Yoga.

    Hero-Yoga are a small group of Yoga Instructors who have teamed together to create yoga events for local community, designed to raise money for charity. Our next event will be a six hour Yogathon to raise funds for the Syrian refugee crisis.

    On January 10th 2016, (London location TBC) Yogis (or anyone who wishes to stretch for the cause) will be invited to join us for 1 class, or for as many as 3 consecutive classes for the price of one Yoga class (minimum donation £15) . Our main intention is to help raise money for those who need it, whilst stretching mind and body with a series of classes, each run by a different yoga instructor, who will be donating their time and energy to the cause.

    See also our website with more info about the event :

    We are in need of Yoga mats for our yogis to practice on throughout the day and wondered at all if you had any old mats you could either donate or we could borrow for the event? We are needing approx 40 mats. This would be of great help to us.

    We look forward to hearing back from you!!


    Sophia, Maysa and Rachel

    Rachel | November 12th, 2015 | Comment Permalink
  5. Hi Gaiam, I am so excited to get the news from a local priest that I can start offering a free community yoga series at St. Paul’s Epsicopal Church in Lancaster, NH. St. Paul’s is known in our community for being very inclusive and doing great charitable work in our community. They have run a free soup kitchen for years once a week and offer a back pack program for that sends home food for needy children for the weekends. The new Priest, Timothy Brooks, is working hard to open the church to charitable and beneficial groups in the community.
    The yoga class is going to be offered for free with an option to donate a small amount to the soup kitchen for the people that are able to.
    I am happy to share my time and energy to teach the class, but do not have the money to buy all the mats needed. We would be so grateful if you are willing and able to donate 10-12 mats and maybe some blocks. Thank you so much for the good work you are doing in the world and for considering our request. Let me know if you need more information.
    Nancy Phillips
    St. Paul’s Espiscopal Church
    113 Main Street
    Lancaster, NH 03584

    Nancy Phillips | May 18th, 2016 | Comment Permalink

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