Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” It was in this spirit that Macy’s hosted its second annual nationwide Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019. Led by the ONYX employee resource group in partnership with Partners in Time, colleagues across the country shared clothing, meals and time with their local communities.
“Martin Luther King Jr. brought people together, inspired them with his vision for a world free of prejudice, and empowered them to be positive forces for change in their communities,” said Shawn Outler, EVP, chief diversity officer at Macy’s, Inc. “We honor Dr. King and keep his dream alive by holding a companywide day of service, and doing our part to give back to the communities where our colleagues and customers live and work.”
We caught up with a few colleagues from across the country for a closer look at the impact we had from coast to coast:
Atlanta-area colleagues marched alongside companies and communities at Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. March in the spirit of unity and to honor those who have come before us.
In San Francisco, colleagues participated in a shoreline cleanup hosted by EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park. Volunteers helped to improve the ecosystem by picking up everyday items like straws, wrappers and other trash that can be harmful to the environment.
Parades are one of Macy’s finest traditions. This was clear when we showed up at the 40th Annual Tulsa MLK Parade to march under the motto: “Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow – The Dream is Forever.”
In New York City and Cincinnati, colleagues commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full day of service, which included various projects benefitting the clients of St. John the Divine Cathedral Community Cares in New York City and local organizations in the Cincinnati area.
Volunteers spent the day distributing clothing to clients, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, handing out snack packs and hygiene kits, playing games of chess, checkers and cards with clients, making fleece-tie blankets, and assembling art supply packs for local children.
Volunteers from Macy's Westfield Galleria at Roseville had the unique chance to participate in an inter-generational oral history project as they met and interviewed men and women who served in the military, learning first-hand about their experiences.
The team partnered with good.org to select interviews to be included in an exhibit honoring veterans at California State University, Sacramento this upcoming fall.
Colleagues were thrilled to participate in a Day of Service for the second year in a row, and Macy’s looks forward to continuing the tradition of honoring Dr. King’s legacy in the best way we know how – by giving back!