On September 14th over 350 employees of our Stratham, NH global headquarters headed out to serve at seven different community projects that aimed to make nearby communities a little brighter. Six of the company’s seven projects benefitted non-profit organizations based in Manchester, NH, a diverse community about 32 miles from Stratham. In one day we fit over 480 school children with new shoes, socks and backpacks, layed 1,000 pavers for a new community garden, assembled over 300 furniture kits for Girls at Work, made 75 blankets for veterans, renovated a playground, prepared meals, painted, mulched and so much more.
Each of the seven projects was planned, managed and led by employees. “Serv-a-palooza isn’t just an event for our employees, it’s an experience created by employee leaders and volunteers in partnership with community organizations,” said Jason Blades, Community Service Manager. “On one day, we serve one community, as one team, and our combined impact is significant. Serv-a-palooza truly is Timberland at our best and a way for our values to come to life and benefit people and organizations in need in our own backyard.”
Our Serv-a-palooza events don’t end there. Across the globe employees are getting their hands dirty to create some good. In Holland, Dominican Republic, Taiwan and the U.K. employees are stepping out of the office to do things like prepare food, paint, repair roads, pick up waste and anything else that their communities may need.
Serv-a-palooza is just one of the ways we encourage employees to use their up to 40 community service hours provided each year through our award-winning Path of Service™ program. This year, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program which first launched in 1992. The Path of Service is a global program and, ultimately, Timberland expects over 1,200 employees to participate in Serv-a-palooza events in 19 different countries around the world.