Our staff work in the world’s toughest places – from Sudan to Syria, and Colombia to the Congo. It’s our job at Portland HQ to support our people on the front lines, from logistics to finance to fundraising. But sometimes, it takes a little help from our friends.
This month, Columbia Sportswear, a global company headquartered in Portland, is providing visibility for our cause with larger-than-life window displays in their retail stores. They’re also donating 2,000 of their new Insect Blocker shirts to outfit our global field team. Last spring, they donated prototypes of these insect repellant shirts to our field staff in Haiti, who are working hard every day to help families recover and rebuild.
Tomorrow, they’re kicking off a campaign to engage their customers in supporting our work. Between May 17-31, Columbia will donate $1 to Mercy Corps, up to $10,000 in total, for each person who uses a smartphone to “check in” via Facebook Places at one of Columbia Sportswear’s retail stores in Portland, PDX Airport, Seattle, Minneapolis, Mall of America, or Chicago. Persons who participate in the social media check-ins will also receive 25% off of their purchase for that day. Visit Columbia’s blog for more details.
Each of us – no matter who we are or where we live – has something to contribute to help save and improve lives around the world. We’re thankful that Columbia is engaging its stores, its products, and its customers in this important cause.