Volunteering Is Our Style: 12th Annual Macy’s Give Back Day

Giving back is always in fashion at Macy’s. This summer, nearly a thousand Macy’s, Inc. Associates nationwide united to make a difference in their local communities. To all our Associates who gave back, thank you. Check out photos and what happened coast to coast on our 12th annual Give Back Day this summer. Prepare to be inspired.

Macy’s annual Give Back day occurs every summer during the United Way campaign. During that one day, the Macy’s family from across the country unites to create something truly impactful for their local communities. Over the last decade, Macy’s Associates have partnered to refurbish community centers, senior homes, schools, and more, while providing services and events for those in the area. Scroll through the photo gallery and read about the impact Associates made in Cincinnati, San Francisco, New York City, and John’s Creek, Georgia. You’ll find new inspiration in each distinct project, but the same, common thread running through each story. At Macy’s, volunteering is always in vogue.

Cincinnati Volunteers Go Back to School for Give Back Day, August 8

Students at the Cincinnati Public School District’s new Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students started the school year in style, thanks to the efforts of more than 200 volunteers from the Downtown Central Office, Progress Place, Macy’s Credit and Customer Services, and Stores.

Volunteers tackled landscaping, painting, simple assembly and cleaning projects on Aug. 8 to help prepare the city-wide magnet school for its first class of students. A stage was constructed in a large courtyard area to provide a space for performances as well as yoga and Tai Chi, and raised planting beds were built in a smaller courtyard near the science classrooms. A handful of sewing fanciers brought their machines to create pillows for the school’s common area.

Associates from Store Planning, Architecture, Construction and Engineering (SPACE) used their talents to make the school’s wish list a reality, and members of the Macy’s Anderson Towne Center visual team created a cityscape and school logo to decorate the common area windows.

“Thank you so much for all your efforts, planning, creativity, manpower and organization,” said Robin Brandon, interim director of facilities for Cincinnati Public Schools. “The finished projects look great and are a wonderful addition to the building and school.”

Macys.com, San Francisco Volunteers Code with Kids, August 8 and 16

Macys.com volunteers in San Francisco invited summer campers from the Embarcadero and Chinatown YMCA into the Macy’s Tech Offices for a day of coding. The excited, young campers got to experience hands-on computer programming with the macys.com team. Executive Vice President of macys.com, Mike Robinson, also participated. “Macy’s believes in investing and connecting with our local communities, and co-sponsoring this event at our offices is our way of deepening that connection here in San Francisco,” said Robinson. “One of these incredibly bright kids from our local YMCA could go on to develop that next great idea that helps Macy’s as a business ... or all of us as a society. We firmly believe in the mantra, ‘When our community is healthy, our business is healthy,’ and this is just one more way we are investing in our local community.”

Angelo Cilia, manager of Communications and Community Relations at macys.com added, “We hope to continue doing outreach like this where we help kids understand the importance of STEM Education, Coding and Computer Science.  Also, it gives us an opportunity to share with the world that Macy’s is not just a store but a company focused on using technology to make our customer’s lives shine brighter.”

New York City-Area Associates Refurbish Educational Complex in the Bronx, August 22

A sea of red t-shirts standing outside the William H. Taft Educational Complex in the Bronx was comprised of nearly 500 Macy’s Associates from the New York City area who had volunteered to refurbish the school. Walls needed paint, classrooms needed cleaning, yards needed weeding, books needed bundling, school supplies needed filling, and much more before the students’ return in the fall. It was the one of the hottest mornings of the summer. Macy’s Associates couldn’t wait to get started.

“Partnering with a corporation like Macy’s represents a culmination of many dreams,” said Jason Duchin, Dreamyard’s co-executive director, to the sea of red t-shirts. “So many stories come through Macy’s; everyone has shopped there. When you have a company like Macy’s show up, that means a lot to the students. For a community that hasn’t always had access to college or jobs, that’s an incredibly important message for kids from the Bronx.”

“Macy’s is a corporation whose story is told over and over again,” shared Bronx Collegiate High School Principal Darryl White, who worked as a buyer for Macy’s prior to becoming a principal. “Here we are, a community that is multicultural and multi-purpose, walking through the Bronx creating something beautiful. That is a message every young student needs to hear. Thank you so much for bringing that to us.”

By the end of the day, the school had a renovated gym, more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies, bundles of books to encourage reading, art painted by Associates to donate to Bronx School P.S. 49, newly painted hallways, freshly planted trees, weeded courtyards and the school mascot proudly displayed to welcome the students to an empowered school year ahead.

Macy’s Technology, Johns Creek, Georgia, Volunteers with Drake House, August 24

More than 50 Macy’s Technology volunteers partnered with the Drake House, which provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta, and is designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. For the children of Drake House, Associates made snack packs in hand-decorated bags containing juice boxes, fruit snacks and granola bars, along with a note of encouragement. The day filled Associates with a sense of gratitude, too. “Giving back to the community personally gives me a sense of fulfillment,” said Kumar Vellore, a manager for Macy’s Technology Oracle Database Team, who volunteered that day. “I thank Macy’s and management for their support, generosity and for providing us the opportunity to bring our whole selves to work with these volunteer events. This is yet another reason that makes Macy’s a great place to work.”

Great work and thank you to all of our Macy’s Associates who gave back!


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