Posts Tagged ‘Joplin tornado’

When a House Becomes a Home

Last September during Timberland Serv-a-palooza (our annual global community service event), over 150 Timberland employees, associates, friends and family members pulled on their boots and spent the day in the rainy parking lot at our Stratham, NH headquarters.  The project: working with Habitat for Humanity to frame five houses that would be given to families from Joplin, Missouri whose homes were devastated by last spring’s tornadoes.

Inspired by Timberland’s commitment, the Tulsa Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity matched and exceeded our donation by framing an additional ten houses for the Joplin community.

Six months later, I’m excited to report that all fifteen houses are now finished and occupied by happy homeowners, including Amber Lancaster and her two sons.  They couldn’t be more appreciative or deserving of the Timberland house they’re now calling home:

Breaking ground on Amber's house

Timberland-built frames going up!

The finished product

To learn more about Timberland’s commitment to creating a positive impact on our communities, please visit the Responsibility section of our website.

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.

Offering Help and Hope for Joplin

Ten days ago, a tornado devastated Joplin, MO, a city of 50,000 people. The storm destroyed 30% of the city, including an estimated 5,000 homes and businesses, and killed more than 100 people. 10 people are still missing. Today marks the beginning of the lengthy (and costly) process of removing the debris so that Joplin can eventually rebuild.

From the wake of this storm emerge many inspirational stories. One comes from Cintas, a uniform rental and supply company that Timberland does business with, located 45 minutes from Joplin. Within days of the storm, Cintas partnered with the American Red Cross and a network of local organizations to gather and transport urgently needed relief items (including first aid supplies, safety apparel, work boots, gloves, tarps, hand sanitizer, snack foods, and water) to Joplin. The Cintas Cares Convoy has committed to make deliveries to Joplin every other day until the demand for such items declines.

Following the Joplin tornado, Cintas issued a call to its various vendors (Timberland included) to ask for donated items needed for the recovery effort. As a result, a shipment of Timberland PRO boots is currently on its way to Cintas and will be delivered to the recovery workers in Joplin by the end of this week.

Cintas isn’t alone in its support of tornado victims; Convoy of Hope, an organization based in Springfield, MO is spearheading much of the recovery work and has already delivered over 500,000 pounds of food, water and supplies to survivors. Click here to learn more about Convoy of Hope and how you can support their work in Joplin.

We’re grateful to Cintas for giving us an opportunity to be part of the recovery and rebuilding efforts in Joplin, and to organizations like Convoy of Hope for the important work they do to provide much needed aid and support.