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 Dansko.com
, and be sure to check back often as we share new volunteer stories.