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  • Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service

    By Nick on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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    ​In April, the footwear community united for a powerful cause: a national customer service campaign entitled “Footwear Cares.” The campaign, led by TwoTen Footwear Foundation, an organization that offers charitable assistance to those working in the footwear industry, empowered shoe companies to meaningfully invest in their local communities.

    Throughout April, the Dansko team was involved in nine service projects, rolling up their sleeves to support local organizations and branches of national organizations. Their efforts represent a year-round commitment to serving the community, empowering Dansko employees to serve as responsible corporate citizens while supporting the company’s mission of creating a better tomorrow.

    Eighty volunteers donated 240 hours of service throughout the campaign, while Dansko donated the equivalent of their salaries to the organizations they supported. This week, we caught up with three of our volunteers to hear their service story.
    Tonya P., Ronald McDonald House
    A team of Dansko cooks prepared tasty and nutritious meals for visiting children and their families at the Wilmington, DE Location.
    “Because I love to cook, I view making meals as the least I can do for families who are experiencing the unimaginable,” said Tonya P., Sourcing. “My trips to Ronald McDonald House often leave me feeling very emotional. When I get home, I have to hug my children just a little bit tighter.”
    Jonathan S., West Grove Garage Community & Youth Center
    Volunteers also visited The Garage, an innovative youth center that reaches more than 400 teenagers annually. Our team took part in a spring fundraiser, where we organized and prepared items for a garage sale.

    “The opportunity to invest in these kids is so unbelievably rewarding,” said Jonathan S., Product Development. “There’s just something valuable about creating positive change through such a simple transaction.”

    Tara E., Neighborhood Services Center
    The Neighborhood Services Center in nearby Oxford, PA works to empower people to achieve health, wholeness and stability. Each year, Dansko employees support an auction and dinner, taking on one of many roles—from organizing volunteers to donating (and sometimes creating) auction items.
    “Everyone enjoys this event—it’s very casual, and the food is always delicious,” said Tara E., Customer Service and NSC Board Member. “But everyone attends with the same mindset: we want to ‘pay it forward’ to help NSC continue their good work.”

    In 2015, we plan to participate in “Footwear Cares” once again, supporting our community by meaningfully investing in local organizations. But until then, Dansko volunteers will continue to visit our nearby service sites, working to leave a lasting impact.

    To learn more about our commitment to serving the community, visit, and be sure to check back often as we share new volunteer stories.


    • Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service - A team of Dansko employees pose after updating a playground for a local day care A team of Dansko employees pose after updating a playground for a local day care
    • Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service - Two Dansko volunteers smile while taking part in a tree plant Two Dansko volunteers smile while taking part in a tree plant
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  • A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree

    By Nick on Friday, April 25, 2014

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    ​With a shovel at the ready, we never miss an opportunity to support Stroud Water Research Center in nearby Avondale, Pa. Several times annually, volunteers visit local parks, farms and meadows to drop seedlings and plant trees, supporting researchers as they seek to understand more about local watersheds.

    Most recently, on a windy April morning, one team of volunteers visited Stroud Preserve in Marshalton, Pa., while another visited Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, Pa. The teams set out with one mission: to research low-cost alternatives for traditional “forest buffer plantings”—or forested areas that reduce pollution. As it turns out, they exceeded their goal—and had a little fun, too!

    “The next time I plant a tree, I will definitely feel confident that it will survive the test of time,” said Dansko volunteer Jerry S. “But I also loved stepping out of the office, serving the environment and working alongside my fellow Dansko employees.”

    After planting 400 sycamore and red oak trees, Dansko volunteers placed stakes into the ground just two inches from each tree. The stakes support a tube that surrounds each tree trunk, protecting seedlings from animals while also helping the trees grow vertically.

    “I was really impressed with the camaraderie of this group," said Lamonte Garber, Stroud Watershed Restoration Coordinator. "People worked together, tried different jobs and helped each other out; we laughed and had good-natured fun.”

    In celebration of Arbor Day, we would like to share our tree-planting passion with this step-by-step guide. Always remember: dig cautiously, water fully and prune selectively. Happy planting!

    To learn more about our commitment to serving the community, visit, and be sure to check back often as we share new volunteer stories.

    • A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree - Dansko volunteers plant trees at Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, PA Dansko volunteers plant trees at Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, PA
    • A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree - Tree planters smile after a job well done Tree planters smile after a job well done
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  • Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home

    By Nick on Monday, April 21, 2014

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    ​Around this time of year, April showers tend to become a topic of conversation. In southeastern Pennsylvania, we set umbrellas, rain jackets and comfortable boots by the door, braving the wet weather that becomes so common. But at Dansko, we see rain as something entirely different—as a way to power our toilets. Glamorous, right?

    How does rain power our toilets, you may ask? The process starts with copper rain chains (shown in the photo below). Instead of traditional gutters, we use our rain chains to transport water from our vegetated roof to a 10,000-gallon holding tank. The tank, then, sends water to a pump room, which filters and cleans water in preparation for its next big job. These jobs range from flushing toilets to watering plants, and work to eliminate dependence on our local watershed. What starts as a nuisance suddenly becomes a lifeline.

    While we realize that not everybody uses rain chains, we believe that everybody can conserve water. How, you may ask (once again)? By following these suggestions—or by researching others that work for your lifestyle! In honor of Earth Day 2014, we gathered five straightforward methods for conserving water in your home:

    1. Set up a gardening rain barrel: Purchase a rain barrel from your neighborhood hardware store. When you would normally use water from a hose, place a watering can under the barrel instead!

    2. Review the landscaping in your yard: Thoughtful landscaping can instantly help your water conservation efforts. Consider sticking to native plants that don’t require watering, and be sure to use mulch and compost to retain water and prevent erosion.

    3. Clean your neighborhood catch basins: At times, trash and other debris can clog your local catch basin. Help out your neighbors—and help water flow with ease—by removing the clutter!

    4. Start a compost pile: By composting leftovers instead of sending them down the garbage disposal, you conserve water and reduce septic tank problems. Over time, eliminate the use of your disposal all together.

    5. Replace your old toilet: Out-dated toilets use significantly more water than newer, more efficient models. It might be time to add a toilet to your shopping list! 

    We invite you to join us in protecting the environment, one rain drop at a time!

    • Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home - Rain chains recycle rain water for use in our headquarters. Rain chains recycle rain water for use in our headquarters.
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  • Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact

    By Nick on Friday, March 28, 2014

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    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.

    To learn more about our commitment to taking action in our community, visit and continue to join us here as we share more volunteer stories.

    • Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact - YMCA Employee YMCA Employee
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