Making a #depotdifference In 2018, Office Depot launched a new community investment initiative called #depotdifference. As our company continues to change and evolve in exciting ways, so too has the way in which we support the communities where we live and do business. #depotdifference brings an employee-centric, hands-on approach to empower us all to make a difference through robust employee volunteerism and philanthropic giving.
Recent #depotdifference Initiatives
Office Depot donates more than 14 truckloads of supplies to Title 1 schools in Florida Our dedication to provide disadvantaged students and teachers with the tools they need to succeed was expressed this spring during two recent events in South Florida benefiting the free school supply centers that serve Broward and Palm Beach County school districts. Nearly 200 associates helped to unload, unpack, organize and sort the 14 truckloads of donated products (over 350 pallets), to get the supplies into the hands of children at Title 1 schools.
Depot Day of Service: 2019 Makes a Big Impact
On May 11th we hosted our annual day of service throughout North America, culminating in the largest single day of community impact in company history. With large-scale projects in 35 of our major markets, 3,400 volunteers rolled-up-their-sleeves to serve over 13,000 hours towards causes focusing on empowering education and hunger relief. Over $55,000 in product was donated to the charity partners as well to increase our impact.
The Mentorship Movement: Meet Volunteer Mentor Helena Antunes-Boska
One of the #depotdifference programs we are most proud of is our Mentorship Movement, which has empowered Office Depot associates like Helena Antunes-Boska to build rich, long-term mentoring relationships with at-risk youth. This year the Movement matched Helena with a mentee from our nonprofit partner Pathway To College, where together they’re working diligently on exam preparation, the college application process, and the life-balance skills needed to succeed at the next level.
A Message From Gerry
“#depotdifference brings our associates together in a special way. Whether renovating a school campus, providing backpacks full of supplies to students, or mentoring at-risk youth, we’re building a Caring Culture in our company and in our communities.”
— Gerry Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Office Depot, Inc.
Depot Day of Service
Depot Day of Service is our company’s flagship volunteer celebration. On a designated day each spring, nationwide, associates, family members and friends of Office Depot join in the fun of volunteering in their local large-scale community service project.
Start Proud!™ is Office Depot’s new signature back-to-school philanthropic initiative. This program was created to help foster brighter beginnings for schools in low-income communities nationwide and to give students, parents and teachers the supplies they need to start the school year confident, prepared and proud. Start Proud! celebratory assemblies are held at elementary schools across the nation, and include inspiring remarks, the distribution of backpacks and supplies for students, and special recognition and gifts for educators.
Mentorship Movement is a special dimension of the #depotdifference commitment to education that offers South Florida associates the opportunity to mentor youth, helping to provide them with much needed support, guidance and inspiration. Through a strategic partnership with the United Way of Palm Beach County's Mentoring Center, Office Depot associates are matched with mentees of reputable charities, and are given the opportunity to help change the life of a local youth at-risk.
Season of Service
While #depotdifference is a year-round initiative, our associates are especially active in their communities during the holiday season, when so many are in need of extra support. To spread holiday cheer and put our passion into action, the Season of Service campaign includes heart-warming and meaningful volunteer and philanthropic projects.
Product Donation Partnership
Feed the Children
Office Depot is proud to partner with Feed The Children to donate our products to deserving students, teachers and schools, and qualifying non-profit organizations.
To apply to become a product donation beneficiary, please click here.
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