Our Current Stories on Supporting Our Communities
Nonprofits We Support
Providing Essential Services
At Nordstrom, we are dedicated to strengthening the communities we serve, and we strive to create partnerships with like-minded organizations. Mary's Center, a nonprofit with sites in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, shares our philosophy, and we are proud to support their efforts to provide essential health, social and educational services to those in need.
Serving diverse communities
Founded in 1988, Mary's Center serves multicultural populations throughout Washington, D.C.'s metro area. The organization's original purpose was to assist women from Central America with maternity and infant care. While this group remains a core audience, today Mary's Center serves a cross-section of low-income families with linguistic and cultural needs that would otherwise go unmet by public or private health care systems. Ethiopian, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern families, among others, use the organization's services.
"Mary's Center fills a void in the community," said Gemma Lionello, regional manager for Nordstrom's Capital region. "They serve many families where English is not the primary language, making it challenging for them to understand the services available, so these families often go without medical care. Mary's Center is their link to getting the support they need, even if they cannot afford to pay."
Support that reaches many
Over the years, Nordstrom has supported Mary's Center through direct contributions and with programs like our Holiday Giving Tree (this program gives our customers the opportunity to purchase a gift for a child who otherwise may not have the chance to celebrate the holidays). These contributions enable the center to help an ever-growing population.
For every dollar contributed, Mary's Center delivers a high return on investment for the communities it serves. For example, with the $10,000 Nordstrom contributed this year, Mary's Center was able to provide the following services: complete pediatric physical exams and immunizations for 20 children; one full physical exam with counseling for 10 teenagers; six hours of family support for 10 families at risk of losing their home; eight intensive counseling visits with a mental health provider; and five comprehensive home visits for at-risk, expecting mothers.
Nordstrom's partnership with Mary's Center has been rewarding for our customers and for our employees. Best of all, it has helped us build genuine relationships with residents and positively impact one of the communities we serve.
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