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Avout Gives Back

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Inspired by the mission to keep Earth in business, Avout participates in 1% for the Planet, a global movement of companies that gives 1% of sales to support worldwide non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. With our 1%, we donate to the Colorado Mountain Club, a group that spreads its passion by advocating mountain enjoyment and study, and the Colorado Chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, an organization that donates bicycles to empower disadvantaged people in developing countries with transportation. By doing business with Avout, you and your company are supporting the health of our planet. We encourage you do to the same. If you are in a position of influence in your organization, we urge you to join the growing ranks of 1% for the Planet. Read about the difference Avout’s contributions are making >>

 

b4hAvout Corporation helped Bicycles for Humanity Colorado ship over 1600 donated bikes from front range Colorado to 6 bike shops in rural Africa. These shops help aid in transportation for health care, education and an overall better quality of life. Avout Corporation supports Avout Racing, and the team of over 100 athletes has participated in several fundraising events, bike drives and hard work days loading bikes for shipment. Bicycles for Humanity and Avout Corporation continue to grow a strong bond via 2 wheels, here in Colorado and across the world in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Namibia.

 

CMCAvout’s donations to Colorado Mountain Club were instrumental in founding Alpine Start, a program that focuses on bringing 18- to 25-year-olds together for fun and challenging activities that develop their outdoor and leadership skills. CMC worked with Avout’s Chief Giving Officer, Jake Wiebe, to help shape the program. “I thought it was important that the participants take the initiative and do most of the leading, as opposed to having adults direct the program. That kind of investment results in a higher level of engagement, accountability, and learning,” said Jake. This year, Avout’s donations also began funding the Youth Education Program, focused on elementary and middle-school aged children.

 

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Keystone Science School teaches scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging, hands-on field experiences. Avout’s donation funded the Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, which brings third through sixth graders together for a day of science, games, and an opportunity to learn from women currently in STEM fields. Avout’s money also funded two female K-12 teachers to attend our Key Issues Institute Workshop, which provides the skills, knowledge, and tools to lead students in hands-on, STEM-based projects that get kids outside and involved in real environmental and science issues in their communities.

 

OLFoundationAlso in our 1% for the Planet Giving Portfolio is Outdoor Lab Foundation, which gives Jefferson County 6th graders and high school students the opportunity to explore and experience subjects such as earth science, wildlife biology, astronomy, and forestry in a unique mountain setting. They are applying Avout’s donations to fund paid internships for college students who would like to pursue teaching positions in these areas. Outdoor Lab Foundation shared on Facebook: “Thank you so much Avout! Because of you, more than 60 interns will have what they need to change thousands of lives this school year!” @OutdoorLabFound, we are happy to help!

Avout RacingAs a nationally ranked mountain biker, Avout principal Barry Wiebe has extended his passion for cycling to his family and the community by forming Avout Racing, an organization dedicated to promoting the sports of mountain biking, cyclo-cross, bicycle road racing, and triathlon among men, women, and youth. Over the past four years, Avout has grown from 15 to 110 team members and positioned ourselves as the dominant mountain bike team in Colorado. We have taken first place in the Epic Singletrack Team Series for the past four years running, and in 2015 we took both first and second places. We’ve taken first place in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Team Series for the past three years. In addition, we took 18 individual series podiums and 120 individual race podiums across mountain bike, cyclo-cross, Enduro, and road races last year. We are proud of our performance and eager to make an even bigger splash in 2017, casting a wider geographical net. Are you a cycling enthusiast? Contact us about bringing Avout Racing to your city!