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Pulling On Our Boots for Serv-a-palooza

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a month-plus community service effort, carried out by Timberland employees across the globe.  The initiative is “Serv-a-palooza” – what started as a one-day, annual event where Timberland employees would abandon their desks and day jobs to serve in their local communities, and has grown to become a weeks-long series of service events executed in countries and communities around the world — all focused on meeting critical needs, creating sustainable impact and celebrating the power and passions of Timberland employees.

Serv-a-palooza is more than an event – it’s a representation of what we do best, which is sharing our strength to create positive outcomes.  Our employees’ commitment to and passion for service is far too great to fit in an 8-hour workday, and so to see the program grow much bigger and broader than it was when we started 14 years ago isn’t just gratifying – it’s absolutely necessary.

Timberland President & CEO, Jeff Swartz

Throughout September and October, Timberland employees and partners will pull on their boots and make a difference through service projects which speak to our company’s New England heritage, commitment to social and environmental responsibility, and passion for the outdoors.

In New Hampshire, hundreds of Timberland employees will do their part tomorrow to positively impact their local communities – as well as those that are not so local.  At our corporate headquarters in Stratham, volunteers will frame four houses for Habitat for Humanity.  Two of the houses will go to families from Joplin, Missouri, whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year, and two houses will go to families in need in Kansas City, Missouri.

Other Stratham-area projects taking place tomorrow will include painting and landscaping at a non-profit and community center, and constructing an outdoor stage and amphitheatre for the town of Newmarket.  Timberland’s first New Hampshire headquarters and factory were located in Newmarket, and the small mill town is affectionately considered the “birthplace” of the Timberland® brand.

Our roots are in Newmarket … it seems only fitting that our boots are headed back there.  Many employees – including me – have really precious memories of our early days in Newmarket, and I hope the space and the foundation we create there will help create the same kind of memories for others in the future.

- Jeff Swartz

Stay tuned to the Bootmakers Blog as we share stories, photos and videos from Serv-a-palooza 2011.

Help Us Find a NH Service Project!

On September 8th, Timberland employees, partners and volunteers will pull on our boots and make a difference in communities worldwide as part of our annual global service event, Serv-a-palooza.  And we could use your help.

We’re seeking proposals for a one day, large-scale, transformational service project for 150-300 committed and passionate volunteers within a reasonable driving distance of our headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire.  (We reserve the right to define “reasonable” based on how well your project meets all of our other criteria!)  The winning project will further our goal of building and strengthening communities and speak to our core values of humanity, humility, integrity and excellence.

We’re grateful for the decades of community support and partnership we’ve already received, and eager to express our commitment to continued partnership and service.  If you think you’ve got a great idea for a service project that will help us leave a positive impact on your community or organization, please complete our Request for Proposal and email it to Brianne Wood.

Pictures of Purpose

A visual salute to the more than 4,800 employees and volunteers who worked inside, outside and upside down to create a positive impact in their communities during Timberland’s 13th annual Serv-a-palooza a few weeks ago.  A warm, sunny day and good company made the experience enjoyable … the collective power and passion made it unforgettable.

Timberland Puts Boots on the Ground for Serv-a-palooza

Tomorrow promises to be a quiet day at Timberland, as nearly 5,000 volunteers participate in our 13th annual global community service day — Serv-a-palooza.  Timberland employees and partners will spend the day creating positive, sustainable impacts at 160 project sites in 24 countries around the world.

Never better than when we’re together: Team Timberland will help to transform communities around the world
during the 13th annual global Serv-a-palooza

Community greening and revitalization is the focus for this year’s Serv-a-palooza events, which include:

  • Restoring a wildlife reserve in London, England that supports a number of important ecological habitats.
  • Transforming a foster care facility in Madrid, Spain by planting a vegetable garden and constructing a leisure area in the outdoors.
  • Winterizing a garden in Munich, Germany by planting bulbs, removing weeds and trimming overgrown bushes.

To learn more about our commitment to community service and the programs with which we support it, visit the community engagement page on Timberland.com.  And stay tuned here on the Earthkeepers blog for post-palooza  photos, videos and reports from our events across the globe.