We take pride in being residents of Bishop and the Eastern Sierra. We believe we have a responsibility to be involved in our community, and to give back as best we can. We donate generously to a large number of local non-profit groups, schools, and organizations, a list of which is at the bottom of this page.
There's more to being part of a community than giving money, though. In 2015 we founded a program to help get youth outdoors. Leveraging store co-owner Todd Vogel's background as a mountain guide and outdoor educator we produced the Eastern Sierra Youth Outdoor program, which over the past five years has gotten a total of more than 125 kids out on a free-to-them six day climbing and backpacking experience. We now run this program through the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, but store co-owner Todd Vogel still works on the program, along with half a dozen of his colleagues from the outdoor ed world.
Eastside Sports donations 2019 (a partial list):
- Bishop High school Outdoor Club
- Bishop Football and Baseball teams
- Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance
- Mule Days Celebration
- Mono Lake Committee
- California Deer Association
- Friends of the Inyo
- Eastern Sierra Museum
- Access Fund
- American Alpine Club
- Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center
- Wild Iris
- Amargosa Conservancey
- Inyo and Mono County Search and Rescue Teams
- American Legion Auxiliary
- Bishop High School Swim Team
- Sober Grad Night
- Wildcare Eastern Sierra
- Eastern Sierra Land Trust
- Inyo/Mono 4h Council
In the sustainability realm, we strive to support those vendors who participate in the BlueSign program, which certifies products on sustainabililty. We are members of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of our Patagonia sales each year back to that organization for use on environmental issues.
In 2016 we flipped the switch on a 65 panel solar electric system, which generates 100% of our electricity.