IDEXX Laboratories Deepens Connections to Maine-Based Community Partners to Drive Greater Home-State Impact
The IDEXX Foundation supports local initiatives with a focus on animals, people, and the environment
WESTBROOK, Maine, September 28, 2021—Today IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX), a global leader in pet healthcare innovation, announced new IDEXX Foundation initiatives with registered charitable organizations located in Maine, home to IDEXX’s World Campus. These local organizations align with the IDEXX Foundation’s mission to help create positive, lasting impacts for animals, people, and the environment through inclusive, outcomes-focused initiatives in communities around the world.
“An essential part of being a purpose-driven company is contributing to the communities where our employees work and live,” says Gio Twigge, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “These organizations’ dedicated, hard-working staff and volunteers make Maine a better place for animals, people, and the environment, and we’re delighted to support their efforts through the IDEXX Foundation.”
The IDEXX Foundation supports worldwide organizations aligned with its focus areas. This year’s Maine-based community partners include:
Center for Grieving Children
The Center for Grieving Children provides a safe space, loving peer support, outreach, and education to grieving children, teens, families, and the community. The IDEXX Foundation’s multi-year support will help fund the Center’s new pet-assisted activities, designed to connect people with animals that provide comfort.
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
Operating year-round at a 50-acre farm in Windham, Maine, Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT) is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted services. Funding from the IDEXX Foundation will help support RTT’s role in the largest research study of its kind, examining the physiological changes that occur in children with autism participating in therapeutic riding.
Furry Friends Food Bank
Through the Furry Friends Food Bank, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) helps to distribute pet food and basic pet care supplies to low-income, underserved communities, who otherwise may prioritize their pets over their own well-being. The IDEXX Foundation proudly supports efforts to prevent this through funding to bolster the volunteer program and pet food donations.
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) empowers educators to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in more meaningful ways. Funding from the IDEXX Foundation supports MMSA’s efforts to help build professional learning experiences for K-12 educators and conduct research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences.
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
The mission of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) is to provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines, support the placement of surrenders, and educate the public. Support from the IDEXX Foundation will help provide veterinary care for the significant health needs of 20 neglected horses recently brought to the MSSPA by Maine law enforcement.
Portland Trails is transforming Greater Portland into a healthier community by creating a network of trails and green spaces that connects people with places. To improve the stewardship of land and water resources and the quality of life in communities surrounding greater Portland, the IDEXX Foundation is funding trail development that will expand the existing 70+ miles of trails, connecting Westbrook communities to the trail network.
ProsperityME is dedicated to helping Maine’s immigrants and refugees build successful, rewarding lives in their new homeland. The IDEXX Foundation will fund programming focused on financial literacy coursework and providing small business support for the immigrant community.
Sebago Clean Waters
Sebago Clean Waters is a coalition group of nine conservation organizations and a regional water utility (the Portland Water District) that works to increase the pace of forest conservation in the Sebago Lake watershed. Support from the IDEXX Foundation will help catalyze and advance additional forest conservation and watershed protection projects that aim to protect the drinking water supply for over 200,000 Mainers. Among these projects is conserving 7,500 acres of high-priority forestland that will protect water quality and provide a host of other benefits, including enhancement of climate-resilient landscapes, wildlife habitat, recreational access, and the local economy.
About the IDEXX Foundation
The IDEXX Foundation is a donor-advised fund administered by a national donor-advised fund program. The IDEXX Foundation’s mission is to create positive, lasting impacts for people, animals, and the environment through inclusive and outcomes-focused initiatives in communities around the world. In addition to creating opportunities for the diverse leaders of tomorrow, the IDEXX Foundation also prioritizes projects that improve access to veterinary care for underserved communities, disaster relief, and animal-assisted therapy, and cultivates community-focused solutions to the global challenges of access to safe water, impacts of climate change, and advancement of sustainable global food systems. For more information about the application process, visit the IDEXX Foundation website.
Corporate Responsibility at IDEXX
Corporate responsibility is fundamental to how IDEXX operates as a business, employer, supplier, customer, and member of the community. The company prioritizes investments that support their Purpose and Guiding Principles and is committed to the highest ethical standards, empowering and rewarding employees, promoting a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeking to enhance environmental sustainability in its facilities and operations. For more information about our approach to corporate responsibility, visit idexx.com/en/about-idexx/corporate-responsibility.
About IDEXX Laboratories
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a member of the S&P 500® Index and is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, offering diagnostic and software products and services that deliver solutions and insights to practicing veterinarians around the world. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk and point-of-care and laboratory diagnostics for human medicine. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX employs approximately 9,800 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries. For more information about IDEXX, visit: www.idexx.com