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
Depot Day of Service Expands Companywide in 2019
A year ago, we piloted Depot Day of Service in a few communities to take our volunteerism a step further. A robust celebration of service took root, culminating in large-scale “monumental” projects, where hundreds of volunteers come together to do something transformative. This year our celebration grows companywide, hosted across North America on May 11th!
Celebrating Women’s History Month Supporting Dress for Success Worldwide
We celebrated Women’s History Month partnering with Dress for Success Worldwide to inspire our associates and engage our customers in their critical mission to empower women along their career journeys. Office Depot proudly donated over $190,000, hundreds of articles of interview clothing and hosted their CEO, Joi Gordon, for a day of motivation for our associates and community leaders.
The Mentorship Movement: Meet Volunteer Mentor Nadia Siddiqui
This year our company launched a new program called the Mentorship Movement, enabling associates like me to mentor and dedicate time to at-risk youth in our communities. This Movement and my new mentee relationship have been an incredible new journey, shaping the way I see the world. With mentoring, I entered thinking I would change someone’s life, but really, it ended up changing my own.
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 year, nationwide, associates, family members and friends of Office Depot join in the fun of volunteering in their local 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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