Mascoma’s service to the community is exemplified by its annual Service Day, during which Mascoma takes a day off from its business activities to organize employee teams to support non-profit organizations. In 2013, we focused on community service opportunities and needs in the area surrounding our Lebanon, NH offices. Mascoma provided volunteer teams to: Upper Valley Haven, http://uppervalleyhaven.org/, in White River Junction, VT, to assist in stocking shelves for their food pantry, sorting clothes, and other projects; the Shaker Museum http://shakermuseum.org/ , in Enfield, NH, to help clean the grounds and buildings at this historic museum; Habitat for Humanity http://uppervalleyhabitat.org/, to assist in various finishing tasks to make a house in Wilder, VT ready for a family to move in; and Upper Valley Trails Alliance, http://www.uvtrails.org/ , to work on trail restoration and stone work on Gile Mountain Trail in Norwich, VT. The Service Day is a resounding success with both our employees and the community groups we serve.
In addition, each year Mascoma recognizes its outstanding individual employees and employee teams with Awards for Excellence, which honor those employees who best exemplify the Mascoma values of innovation, collaboration, balanced commitment and accountability. As part of these awards, Mascoma makes a donation to the charities selected by the award winners, which are often local organizations to which our employees have special ties. In 2013, the selected charities were the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation http://www.cdlsusa.org/ , David’s House www.davids-house.org/ (which provides support for families of children receiving treatment at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Team TJK”, to support JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes in Utica, NY www.jdrf.org/.
Mascoma is also active in other community efforts, such as hosting Red Cross Blood Drives and an annual Job Shadow Day (organized by the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership), during which we host middle school students from area schools who spend a work day with our scientists, learning and participating in activities in our research labs.