Here at Dansko, we believe in the power of rolling up our sleeves, getting our hands dirty and inspiring others to get involved. So, when we saw an opportunity to support our local YMCA’s SPLASH program, an initiative that teaches third-graders about the importance of water safety, we dove in head first.
On a chilly Tuesday morning this winter, Dansko volunteer Melissa S. noticed two boys who tentatively approached the diving block. Melissa saw their fear as an opportunity to make a positive impact—and her initiative paid off. “Wow, I did it!” one of the boys said after plunging into the water. “Now I want to be an Olympic diver. I can jump off this thing!”
For the rest of the morning, Melissa’s new friends and their classmates swam from one station to the next, working to develop their water skills. Although the folks from Dansko left the true instruction to the professionals, we like to think that our team inspired this group of up-and-coming swimmers.
“It was so cute to see these students navigate new challenges, and to watch as their spirits soared and confidence rose,” Melissa said. “I enjoy taking time out of my busy day to help others—especially kids!”
For Melissa and the rest of the Dansko team, investing in others serves as a way of life; we don’t know any other way. We believe in giving back to the communities of which we are a part, even when it means getting wet for 168 youngsters. While the gift of time is important, Dansko also kicks in by making a monetary donation to the organization too. Double the bang for the buck!
“We wouldn’t be able to provide such great opportunities without the generosity of our volunteers,” said Nic Legere, YMCA Senior Program Director, “and we're fortunate to have Dansko assist our third graders during this year’s SPLASH program.”
Will you join us? We encourage you to choose a person, cause or organization, to uncover a need, and invest in positive change. Sometimes, the simplest action can make the greatest difference.
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