Journeys Group has found a new way to celebrate.
The Nashville, Tenn.-based family-footwear chain — a division of Genesco Inc. — commemorated its 30th anniversary with a citywide charity event Tuesday.
Throughout the day, 665 Journeys employees volunteered at 11 nonprofit organizations throughout Nashville, focusing on projects that support children, young adults and families. The service day culminated at Cole Elementary School, where employees fit 835 students with a free pair of new shoes.
“One of our core values is ‘an attitude that cares.’ Spending the day giving back to the Nashville community was an extraordinary way for our employees to celebrate Journeys Group’s 30th anniversary while saying thank-you to our hometown,” said Jim Estepa, president and CEO of Journeys Group, in a release. “We opened the first Journeys store in 1986 at Rivergate Mall, and today still call Nashville home with more than 1,300 stores in seven countries operating under seven banners.”
Bethlehem Family Resource Center, Second Harvest Food Bank and United Way’s Stuff the Bus program were among the organizations and programs served by Journeys staff on Tuesday.
“We are deeply appreciative of the support and volunteerism of the more than 650 Genesco and Journeys employees who attended today’s event,” said United Way of Metropolitan Nashville President and CEO Eric Dewey. “United Way is fortunate to have transformational partnerships with 325 corporations like Genesco and Journeys who are dedicated to making a better Nashville for everyone.”