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United Way Gifts Go Far
In 2010, 74 percent of Nordstrom employees made a gift to United Way, totaling $5.9 million of support for our local communities. These generous donations have made an impact. Read below for a glimpse of our United Way gifts at work.
Continuing the circle of life
As the first United Way in the country, the Mile High United Way in Denver, Colo., has been making a difference for more than 120 years. They see the full circle of life and concentrate on helping people of all ages, in every stage of their live, through three interconnected areas of change: School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency."We are fortunate to have companies like Nordstrom support United Way because it's only when we come together in these difficult times that we make a strong, positive impact on people's lives." —Milton J. Little, Jr., president of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Last year, pledges from our Nordstrom employees in Colorado raised enough funds to for the Mile High United Way to provide:
- 15 families with a month full of rent assistance and other support
- 12 preschoolers with a month of quality childhood education
- 11 low income students with 134 hours of academic support
- 739 meals to homeless seniors
A big helping hand close to home
Nordstrom employees in the Seattle area gave about $1.4 million last year through the United Way campaign, $1.2 million of which went directly to United Way of King County (UWKC). Those financial gifts touched many lives, but so did the impact Nordstrom volunteers had within the community.
Nacebeh Jaihouni, compliance analyst for our Corporate Merchandise Information office, is one example. Nacebeh put her accounting skills to work as a volunteer for the UWKC Free Tax Campaign. "It seemed like a great way to get involved," said Nacebeh. "It was so rewarding to see the smiles on the people's faces when we discovered tax credits they otherwise might have missed."
"To give you an idea of the immense impact of these donations, take a look at our work around youth homelessness," said Mellicia Marx, Resource Development officer, United Way of King County. "There are approximately 1,000 homeless youth in King County. Every year we invest approximately $1.1 million in outreach, shelter, transitional living, stable permanent housing, support service, case management, education services and much more. The contributions by Nordstrom employees last year would be enough to support all of those needs."
Putting people to work
Goodwill of North Georgia believes in the value of work. They help people who are challenged with physical, emotional or developmental disabilities learn job skills and connect them to jobs. United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta invests in Goodwill and other workforce development programs because it's a building block for a vibrant community.
"In Atlanta, Nordstrom is helping make a major impact in our four focus areas of education, income, health and ending homelessness," said Milton J. Little, Jr., president of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. "Thanks to the generosity of Nordstrom employees, 50 children received one-on-one mentoring, over 208 persons received dental care for one year, 16 persons received a year of job training, and six families received counseling to avoid foreclosure."
"We are fortunate to have companies like Nordstrom support United Way because it's only when we come together in these difficult times that we make a strong, positive impact on people's lives," added Milton.
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