Closing the Office to Serve – Our 20th Earth Day
The sun is shining, temps are up and that means it’s time to get outside and serve! In April and May over 1000 employees around the globe pulled on their boots for a day of volunteer service to celebrate our 20th consecutive Earth Day service event. Because we Earthkeepers, always working to make better products, a greener world and stronger communities.
At our Stratham, NH headquarters employees served at six local projects designed to meet community needs while helping to green and grow the community. The projects addressed food insecurity, homelessness, addiction/recovery, and veteran’s affairs -- the four issues employees indicated they most wanted to address through their service. Benefitting organizations included: Families in Transition; Girl Scouts-Camp Seawood; Habitat for Humanity-Southeast NH; New Franklin School; and New Generation.
At Camp Seawood, employees refurbished cabins, the archery range and picnic tables. The volunteers also built 20 benches and expanded nature trails around the 38-acre property.
At the Habitat for Humanity build, employees had the opportunity to work alongside the future recipient of the home to construct three decks, insulate and drywall the house, and spread over 70 yards of loam for the future lawn.
Volunteers constructed an outdoor teaching space, organic apple orchard, garden beds and play mounds at nearby New Franklin School, where teachers and students will be able to host lessons and be inspired by nature.
“I always enjoy Earth Day,” said Jason Blades, Timberland’s community service manager. “After a long winter, employees embrace the opportunity to pull on their boots, step outside, and work together to support deserving organizations in our community. Earth Day essentially kicks off our service season each year and gets employees excited to use their service time in meaningful ways.”
The service did not end there! All over the world teams of Timberland employees were getting their boots dirty. In Spain employees built a vegetable garden, picnic area and playground to revitalize the grounds of a local NGO dedicated to supporting at-risk women. In the Dominican Republic 300 volunteers cleaned and greened the Quinigua Community near a local river. And in Hong Kong 100 volunteers planted trees, mulched, painted and cleaned a beach to improve the year-round enjoyment of a local community.
Whether we’re making products more responsibly or serving in our communities, Timberland employees are determined to be a force for good. Closing the office to serve just brings us all together. It’s a part of who we are and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to make an impact. #EarthkeepersUnite