Sometimes you do something just because it’s the right thing to do. That belief has been a part of our DNA since the beginning and this is one instance where we were eager to do just that – the right thing. Every year Timberland PRO, the industrial division, travels from far and wide to their regional sales meeting. But after hearing about the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, they knew this meeting would need to be different. Instead of holding their sales meeting as usual, the team spent 2 full days repairing a foster home in the community of San Juan. Over 55 Timberland PRO employees pulled on their boots to help make an impact.
Our local retail partner, TOMCAS, truly brought the event and meeting to life. Angel Castro, TOMCAS president, introduced the team to our service partner, Hogar Forjadores de Esperanza (which means” Home of Hope”), a foster home for boys ages 5-21 which opened in 1993. The home provides doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, and many other essential social services for children.
In the wake of the hurricane, the home had no power and was in complete disrepair – the high winds had torn down sections of the roof and cracked the foundations, air conditioners hung out of windows, and the gazebo was completely toppled over.
Over the course of two days, Timberland PRO replaced over 400 feet of chain link perimeter fence, tiled an outdoor gazebo/eating space, landscaped the property, built a concrete storage shed and shade structure next to the gym, pressure washed and re-painted the basketball court and playground, and more. The team filled four entire dumpsters with hurricane debris.
TOMCAS presented the home with a brand-new sign, and when the boys arrived back from school, Timberland PRO employees played games of basketball with them on the freshly painted court, while others took turns jumping on the new trampoline that we donated.
It’s not out of the ordinary for Timberland to factor community service into our company events. Doing good and giving back is at the root of what we stand for. We left Puerto Rico humbled and hopeful that the impacted communities will continue to be rebuilt and restored and that we will continue to be able to do the right thing, no matter how many meetings we may have to miss along the way.