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Gaiam Gives Back to Local Communities

Posted By Gaiam Staff On May 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am In Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | 5 Comments


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 [2] 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 [3] 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 [4] to Cavy Care Inc. [5], 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 [6] to a beginning yoga class at the Third Way Center [7] 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 [8], Gaiam helps provide Thanksgiving meals to the poor and homeless in the Denver area. Read more about Gaiam’s Thanksgiving donations [9].

School supply drive

Every September, Gaiam staffers contribute fully-stocked backpacks to the Crayons to Calculators [10] 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.

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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2005/05/innercity1.jpg

[2] yoga mats: http://www.gaiam.com/category/yoga-studio/yoga-mats.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[3] Matthew 25 Ministries: http://www.m25m.org/

[4] eco-friendly cleaning supplies: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/household/seventh-generation.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[5] Cavy Care Inc.: http://www.cavycareinc.org/

[6] yoga straps: http://www.gaiam.com/category/yoga-studio/yoga-props/yoga-blocks-straps.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[7] Third Way Center: http://www.thirdwaycenter.org/

[8] Denver Rescue Mission: http://www.denverrescuemission.org/

[9] Gaiam’s Thanksgiving donations: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/gaiam-donates-500-thanksgiving-turkeys-to-denver-rescue-mission/

[10] Crayons to Calculators: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/gaiam-staffers-donate-school-backpacks-packed-with-love/

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