Supporting Our Communities: Nordstrom + Day of Caring
From park cleanups to spending time with kids in need, Day of Caring is all about making a difference by giving back to the communities where we live and work. Here are just a few of the ways our teams are doing that.
Pacific Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia
You probably know, thanks to our store opening galas, that our tradition of giving back to the local community starts before opening our doors. So it was no surprise that our Vancouver team started giving back even before their epic gala took place on September 16.
A few weeks before the gala, the Pacific Centre Service Experience team chose to give their time to Covenant House Vancouver, a transition home for homeless youth in the Eastside of Vancouver. Each year the organization provides clothing—primarily donated by local Vancouver residents—to more than 1,500 homeless youth. It can be hard for the Covenant House team to keep up with the sorting. Fortunately, this is the kind of skill that comes naturally to our team. More than 30 of our volunteers spent the day organizing Covenant House's entire donation pile.
"Your team was incredible!" said Marty Staniforth, who manages the donations coming into Covenant House. "We're so grateful for our relationship with Nordstrom on every level."
Our team had such a great time that they're planning on coming back to help around the holidays.
Mayfair in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Vancouver's Pacific Centre isn't the only new store that's getting involved in their community. Last month, 40 employees from our Mayfair team volunteered with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County at Camp Whitcomb/Mason. The year-round camp, which is owned and operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, offers kids in the community an imaginative, outdoor educational and recreational experience where they can learn and grow in nature. Our employees spent the day with kids doing arts and crafts, swimming (there was a huge water slide!), archery and team-building activities.
"As a team, giving back to the community before we open our doors for business was really important to us," said Elena Mallios, Nordstrom Mayfair store manager. "It was one of the most rewarding days any of us have had with Nordstrom."
Rack Gateway in Austin, Texas
Rack Sunset Valley Shopping Center in Sunset Valley, Texas
Two of our Texas Rack stores teamed up to volunteer at their nearby Ronald McDonald House. The charity offers families a place to sleep, eat and relax while their children receive medical treatment at one of the nearby hospitals. Because some of the families and children who stay there have weakened immune systems, it's particularly important for them to stay in spaces that are clean and germ-free. Twelve of our employees spent the day giving the house a very deep clean—scrubbing down hallways, common areas and guest rooms.
"It was a lot of hard work, but we all had a good time helping out," said Michelle Alexander, store administrator at Sunset Valley.
Several teams from our headquarters in Seattle took part in Day of Caring activities. Members of our Jewelry and Accessories team spent the day pitching in at Camp Korey, a camp dedicated to helping children with serious medical conditions and their families find joy, confidence and a whole new world of possibility.
More than 60 employees from our Marketing department headed out to Squak Valley Park North for a day of habitat restoration. The 11-acre undeveloped former farmland is nestled alongside Issaquah Creek and is a vital wildlife corridor. The team worked to remove invasive plants, like blackberry bushes, to improve the streamside habitat for salmon and other wildlife.
Additionally, members of our Learning and Development team worked with Operation Sack Lunch to help provide meals directly to individuals living in food deserts throughout the greater Seattle area.