IMBA and REI have targeted "10,000 Volunteer Days Annually in 2010" as the goal for a powerful new initiative, the REI/IMBA Volunteer Stewardship Challenge. The objective: boost volunteerism in the mountain biking community - which is already highly commendable - and do a better job recording and sharing those achievements with others.
Along the way to the goal of recording 10,000 volunteer days during the year 2010, the campaign aims to hit important benchmarks: 3,000 recorded volunteer days this year, and 5,000 days during 2007. These numbers are not cumulative - they reflect the number of volunteer workdays to be logged each year.
REI is contributing to the campaign by funding the development of free toolkits for select clubs and patrols, and by supporting new online resources at imba.com that will enable groups to log their volunteer efforts. "REI is committed to supporting stewardship and volunteerism," says David Jayo, REI corporate giving manager. "Programs like this give people the tools they need to care for the places we all enjoy."
IMBA's Executive Director Mike Van Abel believes the 10,000 in 2010 campaign will significantly advance the sport of mountain bicycling. "IMBA-affiliated clubs, patrols and individual members pitch in thousands of hours every year caring for the trails. While our record of service is tremendous, we've haven't done enough to catalogue the hours and days of service we compile. This campaign is going to help us share our achievements with land managers and key decision makers."
Visit the 10,000 in 2010 resources at imba.com for much more information about this exciting program.