Community Involvement

Since 1995, Outdoor Gear Exchange has been supporting the outdoor community by supplying equipment, knowledge, and inspiration to explorers both in the Green Mountain State and around the world.

Part of doing our job well means giving back to the community. We do this by engaging in local efforts to conserve land for recreational use, volunteering time to be the best land-stewards we can be, and donating money and goods to organizations that help promote the sports and values we live for. As a result, we often assist like-minded organizations who could benefit from our help through several programs. After being in the business for more than 25 years, we believe it is our duty to give back to the communities that have supported our growth and success.

Nickel Bag Program

A serious byproduct of the retail world is plastic bags. They are ubiquitous and are almost always discarded after the short walk home or to the car. We decided that we wanted to confront the problem and make a positive change while we encourage our customers to bring their own shopping bags. Thus the OGE Nickel Bag program was born.

Each month, OGE works with a local stewardship and/or recreation-focused nonprofit organization for our Nickel Bag program. For every plastic bag customers opt not to take during checkout at our in-store location, we donate one nickel to the nonprofit partner. This typically yields around $200-$400 at the end of the month depending on in-store business, and saves on average 6000 plastic bags per month from landfills!

Club Fundraiser Weekends

Twice annually, we have Club Fundraiser Weekends for groups that support our local outdoor community. For the duration of these weekends, members of participating clubs can take 10% off their entire purchase. We will then give 10% of sales back to the organizations. Groups that we support include:

  • Outdoor advocacy and stewardship groups
  • Ski patrol
  • Rescue squads and fire departments
  • Environmental groups

These Club Weekends are typically held at the beginning of April and November, but dates are subject to change and will be announced accordingly. Clearance and consignment items do not apply. If you are a part of a club that you think is eligible for these discount weekends, or if you would like to set up discounts for other organizational purchases outside of these weekends, please contact Jamie at [email protected]


At Outdoor Gear Exchange, we strive to do everything that we can to make the outdoors a place that anybody can reach. Part of our efforts in doing so is our longstanding Donation Program. Designed to fulfill smaller gear-based donations in comparison to the Charitable Grant Fund, this program is ideal for like-minded organizations who are seeking raffle items for fundraisers and silent auctions. If you are part of an organization that promotes outdoor recreation or land-stewardship, we might be able to work together. If you are interested in partnering with Outdoor Gear Exchange, please let us know what we can do to help. To apply today, fill out and submit the form below. We look forward to hearing from you and you can expect a response within 10 business days.

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