Product specialist Pauline Freeman embodies the values we champion at Anthro. She volunteers at no less than three organizations around town (Hands on Portland, Tyron Creek State Park and her local Famer’s Market) and has completed 30 hours of training and 200 hours of volunteering to become a Master Recycler. Her dedication to philanthropy makes her a natural fit to run Anthro’s donation program, which has been in effect since 1995.
“I’m delighted to be the coordinator of the donation program at Anthro,” Freeman told me. “It’s important for corporations to be good community partners.” Indeed, what originally attracted Freeman to Anthro was its sustainability program, as it meshed perfectly with her passion for helping others. After retiring from a career in banking at a large corporation, she was ready to work for a smaller, more altruistic company. Anthro was the answer, and she’s been with the company for nine years now.
In her position as “queen” of the donation program, Freeman works with local nonprofits and schools, which are typically found through word-of-mouth. Organizations around Portland hear of the program and contact us for support. Freeman acts as an excellent liaison.
Donated products span our entire catalog– from charging carts to small workstations to standing desks. The number of donations varies from month to month, but there’s always something in the pipeline. OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), the Edwards Center (a nonprofit that serves those with developmental disabilities) and Oregon Public Broadcasting are just a few of the organizations who have received donations.
Freeman positively beams as she tells me how proud she is to be part of a company that has a donation program like ours. When she takes a break from helping others, she enjoys spending time with her two sons and two grandchildren.