If you’ve been following our posts (and perhaps have our 2015 calendar in your office or kitchen), then you are already familiar with Chris Rief. (If not – we still have a few calendars left for sale on our website!) Chris is the guy behind some of those amazing images! Since 2009, Chris has volunteered by photographing Buddy Bison students in the Washington, D.C. area and North Carolina during their park adventures. He then donates his photographs for use by National Park Trust (NPT) in our mission to ensure everyone has an American park experience. Aside from volunteering for NPT, Chris is manager of The North Face Store in Bethesda, MD and owner of Chris Rief Photography, LLC.Consequently, because of his many hours of volunteerism the V.F. Corporation awarded NPT a grant of $1,000 through their foundation for future projects (The North Face is a brand under the V.F Corporation). Chris shares, “volunteering with National Park Trust is getting to witness first-hand the excitement and joy children express when exploring parks for the first time.” Want to know more about the culture of philanthropy at V.F Corporation?
The VF Foundation 100 program annually honors the 100 associates throughout The North Face family who have accumulated the highest number of community service hours by donating $1,000 to each winner's qualified charity of choice. Chris chose NPT, thereby permitting 100 students to explore parks! Since the start of the VF 100 program in 2005, participants have contributed more than 160,000 hours of volunteer service, and VF has donated $600,000 to hundreds of non-profit organizations around the world.
Chris Rief is an award-winning photographer in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan whose work has been exhibited throughout shows in North Carolina and Florida, as well as featured in several print and online publications. However, you don’t have to possess Chris’s credentials to make a difference. See if your employer will match your donations to NPT to maximize the impact of your gift!