October 2003

CVHS Volunteer Newsletter now available online

Posted Thursday, October 16, 2003 by cvhs

The CVHS Volunteer Newsletter is now available online. Volume 3 features articles about Timberland's tremendous volunteer effort to spruce up the CVHS facilities. Check it out at: http://www.cvhsonline.org/newsletter

CVHS benefits from Timberland's Servapalooza

Posted Monday, October 13, 2003 by cvhs

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DOVER, N.H., Sixty volunteers including employees and business partners of The Timberland Company arrived at Cocheco Valley Humane Society in Dover shortly after sunrise on October 2 to donate over 400 hours to the shelter out of a 31,000 hour worldwide effort during Servapalooza, the company’s sixth annual one-of-a-kind community service outing.

It’s about the work ethic we all seem to share, said a volunteer and 17-year employee, who started working for Timberland well before Servapalooza began in 1997. We look forward to Servapalooza each year, because it gives us the chance to be present in each community where we live and work as a team plus, it’s a lot of fun, she added.

It’s a real high energy group that’s here today, commented Michele Hooper, Global Procurement Manager for Timberland. Hooper served as a Servapalooza Project Site Manager for CVHS.

Many of today’s volunteers had already served on a team of 10 back in August when they began the first wave of projects at the Dover-based animal shelter, which included reinforcing and painting the office stairs, weeding and replanting the flower garden, and assembling a new aluminum shed. The second wave of projects consisted of adhering fiberglass backing and steel coverings to improve the durability of the dog kennels, constructing rabbit runs and a recycling shed, replacing a worn-out barn door and clapboards, painting the facility, installing new linoleum flooring, and bagging aluminum cans.

Bernadette Leahy of Beverly, Massachusetts, who works for American ExpressOne and participated in Servapalooza as part of Timberland’s vendor partnering program.

I’m really just glad to be a part of it. Timberland calls up it’s vendors and tells them to get ready to work,said Leahy, who worked on the flooring project with several Timberland employees as well as planting chrysanthemums in the garden with a partnering representative from American Airlines. Representatives from Staples, Ikon Office Products, Standard Register, Adecco, and Iron Mountain also participated on cross-functional teams for Servapalooza.

Lee Schuette, who works as a Designer of Advanced Concepts, and who also has several of his personal design works in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. put his design and carpentry skills to work with several other volunteers planning and constructing much needed rabbit runs for the many long-eared friends that CVHS cares for. Being at CVHS was very special to Schuette, who used to work as a CETA sponsored Deputy teaching woodworking to inmates at the Strafford County Department of Corrections adjacent to CVHS. Schuette also shared the rabbit run project with his best friend, Forest, an 11 year-old Golden Retriever, who wagged with approval from the back of Schuette’s pick-up truck.

Forest was recently diagnosed with cancer. He goes everywhere with me. He’s my buddy.Schuette gleamed, scratching his pal behind the ears.

The late afternoon cold snap, wind, and rain didn’t dampen the team’s enthusiasm. We’re going to take the rabbit runs back to the work shop so those who couldn’t be here today can finish them. Then, we’ll be back for another visit, added Hooper.

We were so happy and excited to be chosen as a project site this year. We rely almost exclusively on volunteers to help with the upkeep of the building and grounds and it can be difficult to get big projects done. Servapalooza has been a dream come true and has really made a difference to our operation and the animals we care for at the shelter,commented Elizabeth Fourar-Laidi, Executive Director for CVHS.

CVHS is grateful to the many businesses who also helped to make a difference for homeless pets with in-kind donations of food for the volunteers. Participating organizations included Domino’s Pizza, Dover High School Culinary Arts Department, Smiley’s Discount Beverages, Pizza Hut, Papa Gino’s, Shaw’s Supermarkets and Care Pharmacy.

Timberland is committed to Doing Well and Doing Goodby delivering world class products, making a difference in the world community-at-large, and creating value for shareholders, employees and consumers around the world.

Cocheco Valley Humane Society is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals and strengthening the human-animal bond through sheltering, adoption, education, and rescue. For more information, please visit www.cvhsonline.org or www.timberland.com.

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