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United Way

Uniting to Make a Difference

Uniting to Make a Difference

Nordstrom began our relationship with the United Way nearly 60 years ago because we believed the organization offered our employees the best opportunity to give their hard-earned dollars in order to make a difference. That relationship continues today.

We are honored to be able to keep giving back, because we believe United Way has such an important impact on the communities we serve through the services it offers. Our employees are a significant part of continuing our tradition of support. In 2010, Nordstrom employees contributed more than $4.8 million to support local United Way campaigns across the country.

"Now that I see where our contributions go—and how much they're needed and appreciated—I understand the meaning of United Way."
- Ginger Duryea,
Nordstrom salesperson

For example, in our Northeast region, employees from our regional offices in New Jersey and our Paramus store have donated more than $35,000 to the United Way. This money helps the Compassion Fund, an organization in Bergen County, New Jersey that provides direct services to people in need. In one case, domestic violence victims who were forced to leave their home were able to receive money for a security deposit and first month's rent, as well as access to warm clothes and bedding through The Compassion Fund.

In the Pacific Northwest, United Way donations help support may important efforts, including the Salvation Army's Backpack Feeding Program. This program gives kids the opportunity to visit their school counselor's office and discreetly pick up a backpack filled with healthy food to ensure they have enough to eat during the weekend, when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available.

Hands-on service
Our people also give back by offering their time. Each year, many of our stores and headquarters employees participate in the United Way Day of Caring, a day (or sometimes a series of days) dedicated to local service activities designed to help community organizations in need. By volunteering their time, our employees experience first-hand the essential role United Way-supported organizations play in our communities.

Stores and local work groups partner with their local United Way agencies to organize service projects—from cleaning up parks to painting walls of community centers or serving meals to homeless adults.

Loaves and Fishes is one of many organizations that Nordstrom employees support through Day of Caring in the Bay Area.

"Last fall, as part of our Day of Caring, I volunteered a couple of hours of my time at Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit that provides a free hot meal every day, primarily to the homeless," said Ginger Duryea, a salesperson at our Walnut Creek, California store. "Now that I see the direct effect of where our contributions go—and how much they're needed and appreciated—I understand the meaning of United Way."

Through our long-standing partnership with the United Way, we are lucky enough to be able to provide a few of the many essential needs in the communities where we do business. We look forward to continuing to provide a helping hand into the future.

Uniting to Make a Difference

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