BUMC Outreach Van Receives Product Grant from Timberland Company

in BU In the Community, Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Student News
October 17th, 2005

Contact: Kristen Perfetuo, 617-638-8491 | kristen.perfetuo@bmc.org

(Boston) –Boston University Medical Center’s (BUMC) Outreach Van Project recently received 30 pairs of black boots from Timberland Company; a product grant with a retail value of $3,750.00. The boots will be distributed to some of East Boston’s homeless as part of the Outreach Van’s boot drive.

Established in 1997 by several Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and School of Public Health (SPH) students, the Outreach Van Project was created to provide health care to the medically underserved and homeless communities. Once a week, the van travels to East Boston to provide food, clothing, blankets and basic medical care under the guidance of a physician. The project also provides referral services to local detox programs and shelters. In return, BUMC student volunteers learn community outreach skills.

“We are extremely grateful to the Timberland Company for this product grant and its commitment to helping the local community. We would not be able to achieve our mission without the support of companies like them, “ said Sahar Aminipour, a BUSM Graduate Medical Sciences student, Outreach Van Project Public Relations Committee Chair and former Chairman of the Clothing Committee. “These boots will provide much-needed comfort for the people we serve, especially in the upcoming winter months. Some will even be able to acquire temporary jobs in construction, which will literally help them get back on their feet.”

“The Outreach Van Project gives us the opportunity to combine two of our greatest passions: our products and service to our communities,” said Celina Adams, Timberland’s Community Investment Manager. “As a company committed to creating meaningful impact in the places where we live and work, we are pleased to help provide footwear to people in our own neighborhoods who need it.”

Sponsored by Boston Medical Center and BUSM, the Outreach Van Project is funded by the Boston Evening Clinic Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Vitamin Litigation Fund, and numerous private donors.

Timberland (NYSE: TBL) is a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for consumers who value the outdoors and their time in it. Timberland® products are sold worldwide through leading department and specialty stores as well as Timberland® retail stores. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by the company’s commitment to “doing well and doing good” — forging powerful partnerships among employees, consumers and service partners to transform the communities in which they live and work. To learn more about Timberland, please visit http://www.timberland.com. For more information about Timberland’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including a searchable database of thousands of volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.timberlandserve.com.

Note to Editor: Photo caption: Med students prepare to load the Outreach Van with sturdy boots for the homeless donated from Timberland Company.

Photo courtesy of Vivian Borek

Med students prepare to load the Outreach Van with sturdy boots for the homeless donated from Timberland Company.
Med students prepare to load the Outreach Van with sturdy boots for the homeless donated from Timberland Company.

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