As a team, we prioritize extending grace to the communities that we serve through charitable goodwill and volunteer opportunities in the cities we live and work in.
In early November, a group of Epsilon employees in Massachusetts embarked on a ferry for a volunteer day on Thompson Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Only a half-hour from shore, Thompson Island is the only one of the 34 Harbor Islands off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts to be privately maintained by a group called Outward Bound, a non-profit organization that provides experiential education.
Through a corporate partnership, we hosted this day of service to support maintenance projects on Thompson Island where an Education Center stands, and Boston-area students take part in critical educational programming.
With a mission to change lives through challenge and discovery, Outward Bound uses the island as a space to bring the classroom to life for students in the area. From fifth to eighth grade, students at Boston partner schools have opportunities to travel to Thompson Island for STEM educational programs, field trips, scientific discoveries, team building exercises and fun activities. We have a longstanding partnership with the Outward Bound program, sponsoring their annual 4k trail run and organizing clean up events on Thompson Island for our Boston and Wakefield colleagues to participate in.
During our latest visit, Epsilon volunteers helped prepare the island for a group of students that would be arriving later in the afternoon. Our volunteers set up kayaking stations, raked leaves and cleared paths that would later be used by the 90 students visiting for a day of activities. They set the stage for the lessons and team-building exercises that the visiting students would be participating in.
In addition to the volunteer work, Epsilon volunteers toured the island and learned about the rich history of the land and Outward Bound program. The area initially served as a home for orphan boys to learn trades, then transformed into a boarding school, and eventually became an outdoor learning facility in the 1970’s.
Although the weather can be a bit chilly in November, the team lucked out with a warm and sunny day on the island! Thanks to all of our volunteers for coming together to better the community.
Epsilon’s Corporate Social Responsibility practices and policies are designed to create pathways to grow cycles of change for our people. Our communities and our clients. Check out Epsilon’s CSR page for more on our events and partnerships.