At DSW, communities matter—the community of Shoe Lovers that we share, as well as the groups and organizations that our team members are passionate about. And that's where Shoe Lovers Care comes in.
Shoe Lovers Care is DSW's philanthropic platform, and it's made up of key programs like these that help DSW give back and make a difference.
|Lend a Hand brings Shoe Lovers together to volunteer for great causes. Groups at the DSW Home Office and at DSW stores dedicate hours of service throughout the year. A volunteer event is even included in all management conferences. Together, DSW associates volunteered more than 4,200 hours in 2014 and aims to give close to 5,000 in 2015.
Lead the Way rewards associates for dedicating their time to a nonprofit organization they feel passionate about. Based on the involvement and leadership of individual or groups of associates, DSW will donate up to $10,000 to each represented organization. To date, DSW has donated nearly $600,000 to over 200 nonprofits—all thanks to the hard work of our own associates.
Leave Your Mark allows associates to nominate nonprofit organizations they care about to receive a $75,000 donation from DSW. Then, associates, fans, and Shoe Lovers everywhere vote to choose the nonprofit that will receive the donation. This past fall, Fresno Bully Rescue received the most votes earning the top donation of $75,000, while the other finalists organization each received a donation for $5,000. Check out ShoeLoversCare.com to see photos and video from all of the check presentations — and get ready for the next round in June!
DSW is always focused on what it means to be a good corporate citizen—from blood drives to annual fundraising events and beyond, we make it a priority. We also partner with our local United Way as well as donate shoes to those in need through Soles 4 Souls (more than 27,000 pairs have been donated to date).
All in all, it's important, it's fun, and it makes one thing clear: Shoe Lovers definitely care.