Champions for Change: Associates Share Stories that Unite Us

At Macy’s, we’re committed to giving back to the local communities that surround us; it’s a value held close to our company brand. That’s why United Way is such a special campaign. Every year, our Associates champion the specific causes they care about within the categories of Education, Financial Stability and Health by donating to the campaign. Together as one company, we give back and change lives.

In 2016, Macy's, Inc. Associates coupled with the company match raised more than $10 million to support more than 660 United Way chapters across the United States. This year’s campaign, running July 31 through Aug. 26, seeks to raise the bar even higher. Our campaign could not be successful without our Associates who give. We asked you, our readers and Associates, to share how United Way has impacted your lives and why you choose to give to the campaign annually. You’ll enjoy reading these inspiring stories from fellow Associates and champions for change.

Tanya Ventar – Sales Supervisor, Ala Moana (Oahu)

My grandson was born at just 26 weeks gestation, weighing less than two pounds. Doctors said he might not survive the first 24 hours, and if he did, might never walk, talk or see. But that tiny baby survived, undergoing seven surgeries before he was even four months old. Today, Kaimana is a happy, rambunctious, nine-year-old. He loves animals, school, sports and meeting new people. March of Dimes, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Special Olympics Hawaii stepped up to give Kaimana the chance at the quality of life he deserves and are there for our family. It is our honor and our pleasure to be able to give back to those who gave to us through United Way.

Elizabeth Edington - Operations Manager, North Central Region

My grandmother had Alzheimer’s. My mother worked full time and my father had passed away. We did not want to put granny in a nursing home, so our only way to keep her at home with us was to send her to adult day care. United Way helped to reduce the cost of her care; without it we would have never been able to keep granny at home with us. The care center was great; she did crafts, danced, sang, ate food cooked by someone who knew the clients and enjoyed friends. I’ve worked with the care center’s board and United Way. With her care, she lived to 99, after 19 years in that center.

Caroline Loevner – Financial Planning, Ready to Wear

Macy’s United Way Campaign exemplifies our company values of community, giving and citizenship and unites us through our company's socially-responsible footprint. I champion these same values in my personal life through the work I do with my canine therapy partner, Beau, and my advocacy and volunteerism in the LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, pediatric cancer and persons with disabilities communities. Macy’s United Way campaign allows me to donate to the populations whom Beau and I service. The campaign creates meaningful volunteer and fundraising-based team exercises. I am so proud to work for Macy's! Thank you, Macy's for your continuous commitment to the community and our customers!

Ruth Morrissette - Bridal Consultant, Pheasant Lane

In the past I was COO and then CEO of a non-profit providing transitional housing and on-site childcare to homeless women with children, Marguerite's Place. Founded by Sisters Sharon Walsh and Elaine Fahey, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Marguerite's Place not only provides families with a place to live as they work toward permanent housing, but also skill building to ensure continued success after they leave the program. United Way volunteers and funding have always contributed to this success. On the "United Way Day of Caring," volunteers from local businesses assist on projects. The efforts the Board of Directors and volunteers who came to us through United Way enabled us to continue our mission of helping some of the most vulnerable members in our community. To all who are donating to United Way this year, thank you for caring for those in your communities. Your donation makes a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

Amanda Fisher – Bridal Consultant, Temecula Promenade

The organization I donate to is Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). This organization is for families of the fallen, which includes myself. I lost my husband almost 3 years ago and TAPS has been a huge part of my healing process. They also are part of the Got Your 6 Campaign. I owe my progress and healing to TAPS and I choose to donate to them each year!

Terry Pressner – Administrative Support Team, Jensen Beach Treasure Coast

My co-worker had an elderly mother in New York, who was alone and very sick. With the help of United Way, he was able to network with the NY chapter that assisted with her care. They also arranged transportation to Florida by air, so that he could safely transport her close to family and ease her mind during those final days. His mother was flown to an ICU in Florida. When she saw her son and his family, she smiled and passed away shortly after, surrounded by love and not strangers. Her family was nothing short of "angelic" and eased the hurt of their loss. She did not die alone. United Way brought her peace in her final days.


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