Mountain Equipment Recyclers gives $50,000 to charities

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Mike Mazzola of Mountain Equipment Recyclers is in his third year at the consignment store’s South Tejon location. A portion of the proceeds go to help local charities.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers owner Mike Mezzola.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers has reached $50,000 in charitable giving since opening three years ago. The Colorado Springs retailer specializes in new and used outdoor gear and the business model was built around giving back to the community. Fifty percent of donated item sales and 5 percent of consigned item sales are given back to local charities.

The store opened in 2011 under the premise of giving to organizations assisting military families. Every year the store chooses new military-focused nonprofit partners. Since opening, Mountain Equipment Recyclers has given to AspenPointe, The Home Front Cares, Lifequest Transitions, Thanks Troops, Veteran’s Expeditions, Paradox Sports, Phoenix Multisport, Project Healing Waters and Project Sanctuary.  It has since expanded to an ongoing partnership with local Trails and Open Space Coalition and the store has also contributed to organizations such as Upadowna, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Catamount Institute, Blue Star Recyclers, Urban Peak, Kids on Bikes and more.

The idea of Mountain Equipment Recyclers was born from a love of the outdoors and compassion for struggling service members in the community. Mountain Equipment Recyclers sells new and used outdoor gear for camping, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, apparel and more. The store opened with consignment and donated items and a modest budget. It currently has more than 950 consignors and has grown to include new gear including closeouts and dealer samples.

Periodic parties take place which include live music, free lunch and prizes.

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One Response to Mountain Equipment Recyclers gives $50,000 to charities

  1. Mike is fantastic in coming up with this concept that gives to charities, gives people a way to get rid of unused gear (tons in a town like this), and get people wanting to get into a give sport a chance to buy damn good stuff cheap. Glad to see him get noticed. He’s also in a part of town that’s about to see some serious change.

    Jon Severson
    July 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm