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Being a leader isn’t just about making great shoes.

Since 2014, Wolverine Worldwide employees have personally contributed over $297,000 to support the financial assistance and scholarships Two Ten provides to members of the footwear community. Its annual employee giving program is the largest employee-run campaign Two Ten has. “Being a leader in our industry isn’t just about making great shoes, it’s about making a difference,” says Michael Bohnsack, Director of Community Engagement at Wolverine Worldwide.

Wolverine prides itself on being a leader in their local and industry communities. From the day an employee walks in the door, they are immersed in the company’s philanthropic spirit. Jerry Fahselt, from the Corporate Design Group, sees making an annual meaningful contribution to Two Ten a top priority. “I have a great job, but I never knew how rewarding charity work could be until I got involved with Two Ten. Two Ten deepens this reward by helping people that may work right next to me.” Two Ten has helped some of Jerry’s colleagues who have had a spouse or child get sick and expensive hospital bills left them unable to keep up with their monthly expenses. Jerry continued, “It’s a great feeling to help people through Two Ten and even greater knowing that I might be helping my own coworkers!”

Wolverine is asked by many organizations to contribute and year after year it is Two Ten that is a top priority for them to continually support in a variety of ways, not just through encouraging employee contributions. “Two Ten helps our employees and others in the industry and is embedded within our culture,” said Blake Krueger, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Wolverine. “At Wolverine Worldwide, Two Ten is a key cornerstone of our corporate philanthropy strategy of giving back to our community.” Earlier this year, Wolverine became the inaugural member of the Two Ten Circle of Champions, a giving society reserved for companies that provide substantial cross-program support, multi-year corporate donations, and employee engagement and volunteerism. Aside from supporting Two Ten, Wolverine’s philanthropy in their communities’ ranges from supporting environmental efforts by planting trees and highway clean-ups, to supporting local American Cancer Society Relay’s for Life and the United Way.

For more information about doing an employee giving program at your company or our Circle of Champions society please contact Kate Kaplan at kkaplan@twoten.org or 781-736-1502.

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