How Signature Gives Back: Jeans for Charity
After participating in Miracle Jeans Day with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Senior Accountant Kimberly Lewis saw an opportunity for Signature to participate in philanthropic ventures. With the assistance of Signature’s Finance and Accounting team, Kim began ‘Jeans for Charity’, an event held on the last Friday of each month in the calendar year. Employees donate a minimum of $5 towards a chosen charity and can wear jeans on Friday. Signature matches all employee donations, which has totaled $28,551 as of July 2018. Signature began its Jeans for Charity event in October 2013.
Featured charities of the past have included the Portsmouth Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. These nonprofits are nominated by Signature employees based on their mission and the values they hold close. Xandra Pendergrass, Chief Operating Officer, nominated the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in 2014 after personally knowing five people within the past two years who either began or lost their battle with Ovarian cancer. Because there is no screening process for Ovarian cancer, it is usually in its advanced stages when it is diagnosed. Ovarian cancer research is not heavily funded due to the low diagnosis percentage per capita, as only 22,280 women were diagnosed in 2012.
Many firms have implemented Jeans for Charity programs into their schedules to give back to their local communities. Signature’s Jeans for Charity program symbolizes its commitment to good corporate citizenship. Signature’s promise to match the donations raised by Signature employees provides the local community with any necessary means they may be unable to obtain without these funds.