On August 1, we launched The Big Give Back – Macy’s, Inc.’s new, month-long movement to show up and Make Life Shine Brighter for our customers, colleagues and communities. As part of The Big Give Back, colleagues across the nation participated in Give Back Days. Here’s a look at some of the ways we showed up for our communities this August:
On August 9, more than 200 volunteers from our offices and stores in the Cincinnati area gathered to tackle a variety of projects at Frederick Douglass Elementary, Spencer Center for Gifted & Exceptional Students and Bush Recreation Center in the Walnut Hills community. Projects included painting a mural in the Douglass Elementary library and creating a nature playscape with a pollinator garden.
It’s that time of year again – cool new clothes, fresh haircuts and the chance to start anew. Kids across the nation are going back to school. For some, back-to-school can mean the stress of not being able to afford school supplies. In an effort to ease this burden in their local communities, colleagues at Macy’s Logistics collected and distributed school supplies.
Colleagues collected over 400 supplies for the students of Hambrick Elementary School and delivered them during the school’s open house on August 2.
The team assembled 60 backpacks in preparation for their visit to the San Juan Diego Center on August 14. They hosted a barbeque complete with fun games before distributing the backpacks.
On August 18, colleagues visited East Hartford Public Schools’ back-to-school rally where they unloaded trucks, set up tables and distributed 800 backpacks filled with school supplies to children preparing for their first day.
Over 400 colleagues in New York partnered with Grand Street Settlement to host a children’s carnival, luau for local seniors, speed mentoring sessions and more!
Macy’s Tech is committed to empowering the future of technology professionals. We’re doing this by teaching kids to code. On August 9 and 16, more than 35 YMCA summer camp kids visited our San Francisco offices where Macy’s Tech, Product and Digital Revenue colleagues spent the morning demonstrating the power of technology and showing how we use it to Make Life Shine Brighter.
Our colleagues led the kids through code.org’s “Hour of Code.” The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding and demonstrate to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. At the beginning of the session, we asked the kids what they thought of when they heard the word “Macy’s,” and they responded: “stores, clothes, parades and handbags.”
At the end of the session, we asked them again, and they responded: “technology, coding and innovation!” – music to our techie ears.
On Wednesday, August 29, almost 40 volunteers from our Johns Creek offices participated in a read-a-thon to help increase literacy for students in two of Atlanta’s inner city schools – F.L. Stanton and William Finch Elementary. Over $3,000 worth of books were donated, meaning each student in grades 3 – 5 received their very own. In addition to our Give Back Day read-a-thon, throughout the month of August we collected canned goods to stock each school’s food pantry. A large percentage of these schools’ student populations rely on free and reduced-cost school meals, and on-site pantries help provide access to food for families of students in need after the school day has ended.