WELCOME TO THE ZUMIEZ FOUNDATION
THE ZUMIEZ FOUNDATION'S MISSION IS TO ACCOMPLISH TWO THINGS:
To purchase clothing and related items (jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, beanies, blankets) in order to make grants to people and organizations in need in the communities served by Zumiez retail store locations. Typical recipients include transitional programs, youth centers, homeless shelters and religious organizations that provide community assistance.
To teach Zumiez employees about the value of giving back, and then encourage and inspire them to channel their energy, passion, and leadership into becoming active community leaders who will be a force for change in whatever cause they truly connect with.
Zumiez had a long history, as we grew, of donating clothes to people in need in our community. I formalized the Foundation as we grew and went public. The Foundation now has a board of directors made up of Zumiez employees. We get a lot of leverage here. We know how to make inexpensive clothes overseas. It reflects how we grew the chain, always give back, always work to become a better person, teach new employees what you know, how to sell and go on and grow the chain. We don't do it to be thanked or recognized. We do it because,
many times in winter, people are cold!