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Advancing Through Volunteering

Katy Motiey Chief Administrative and Sustainability Officer Published 4 Dec 2020

Extreme – and each of its employees – has always taken its commitment to make communities a better place to live… seriously.  In each of our major office locations around the world, the team regularly volunteers its time… to simply put, do good.  Never has there been a more important time to volunteer than now – when billions of people around the globe have been impacted by COVID-19 and social injustice.

December 5th marks International Volunteer Day as designated by the UN General Assembly. This day is a unique opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share values, and promote their work within their respective communities. On this International Volunteer Day, I wanted to take a moment and celebrate the philanthropic efforts of our employees.

Extreme recently partnered with United Way to bring much-needed Wi-Fi services, technology, and training to communities in need. Going forward, our partnership will help bridge the digital divide – a global issue with a huge impact, as over half of the world’s population still lack access to quality high-speed internet access.

While we’re working with the United Way around the world, our employees regularly take on community-specific projects that are spearheaded by employee committees.

Looking Back – Global Support of Global Causes

American India Foundation

The American India Foundation (AIF) is among the largest, secular, non-profit American organizations devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. Extreme is working with AIF to support its Digital Equalizer Initiative, which helps bridge the digital and educational divide for students throughout India by providing technology-based learning in government schools.

Our employees, more than fifteen percent of whom are located in India, have collaborated with and provided funding to AIF to digitally transform schools in Chennai and Bangalore. Employees can also volunteer at participating schools to lead activities like teaching students English communication skills. AIF and Extreme’s involvement at these schools has driven commendable results in improving teacher training and program quality, increasing attendance, and reducing the dropout rate.

Lazarus House Ministries

For over 10 years, employees in our Salem, New Hampshire office have gathered once a month to serve lunch to people in need at the Lazarus House soup kitchen in nearby Lawrence, Massachusetts. They also purchase, prepare, and serve dinner to hungry individuals and families at the Lazarus House homeless shelter.

Habitat for Humanity

Last year, San Jose employees participated in building mini homes as part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The playhouses Extreme employees constructed were donated to Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit that provides support to mothers and/or maternal figures who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Yellow Brick House

Yellow Brick House provides emergency shelters for women and children in transition. Employees in Toronto regularly collect and deliver food and toiletries, providing much-needed resources for nutrition and hygiene year-after-year.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Extreme employees across the US raise funds and give gifts through the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree gift drive, helping to make sure underprivileged local children and families had presents to open during the holiday season.

Royal Berkshire Hospital

In Reading, UK, employees participated in a 10K run and long-distance bicycle ride to raise funds for the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Milford Care Centre

Extreme employees in our Shannon, Ireland office fundraised for this community organization via a variety of activities, including running the Milford Hospice Annual 10K in Limerick which helped fund the fit-out of two new hospice rooms.

Looking Ahead – Day of Service for All Employees

At Extreme, we look forward to continuing to increase our time spent volunteering in 2021. Most notably, we look forward to kicking off a day of service for all employees globally on Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 18, 2021 (MLK Day). MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service encouraging all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. By declaring this an official day of service at Extreme, we hope to empower employees, strengthen our communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” As he famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”

As Extreme enters our 25th year, we are committed to doing more to protect and advance the quality of life for our employees, customers, partners, suppliers, shareholders, and our broader communities.

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