Timberland Teams Up With IMEC to Help Haiti from Afar
Categories: Boots On The Ground: Service Stories, Making Our Difference: TBL CSR
What can you do with sixteen Timberland volunteers and five hours? If you pile them into a few cars and drive them to IMEC in northern Massachusetts, you can sort medical equipment and build four pallets of supplies that will be sent to a teaching hospital in Haiti. And in late February, that’s just what we did.
Simply put, IMEC receives surplus or discarded healthcare equipment from hospitals and ships it to developing nations where the need is great and the supplies can save lives (you can read their full mission statement here). I learned that much as I planned this service event. But when I arrived at IMEC with 15 of my colleagues, I found out that one of IMEC’s current major projects involves stocking and transforming the Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti, a 310-bed teaching facility and the first of its kind in the country.
Timberland has partnered with IMEC for years, sending volunteers to pack shipments and donating used office supplies for medical administrative suites. But I was struck by the interconnectedness of Timberland’s mission to plant trees, build community, and create a sustainable future in Haiti and IMEC’s mission to do, essentially, the same thing. Quality, affordable healthcare doesn’t exist separately from higher crop yields and better nutrition. Each element is part of a greater synergy that promotes a sustainable, healthy future for the people of Haiti—and that’s pretty cool. Check out YouTube for some illuminating videos of IMEC’s work thus far in Haiti.
Our volunteer group enjoyed a few hours of teamwork and service, but the pallets of supplies we prepared at IMEC will be of use long after that February afternoon. Look for more stories in the coming weeks and months as we continue to celebrate 20 years of Timberland service in 2012!