Provided by IKEA
IKEA Woodbridge is pleased to announce that Transitional Housing BARN, Inc., was the winner of this store’s IKEA Life Improvement Challenge and received a makeover. Additionally, first runner up Feed It Forward DC and second runner up Capital Area Food Bank-Lorton Branch will be receiving product donations.
Transitional Housing BARN, Inc. is committed to providing families with transitional housing and access to supportive services to promote healing, growth and self-sufficiency. They provide transitional housing, supportive services, life management skills, and financial education for homeless women and their children.
On July 11, 2016, BARN receive a makeover of three living rooms, three playrooms, and one office consisting of furniture, desks, chairs, and an area for storage and toys. Donations like this help to support the families and allow BARN to provide helpful services that uphold their mission: Guided by a strong belief in the integrity and dignity of homeless women and their children, BARN is committed to providing these families with transitional housing and access to supportive services to promote healing, growth, and self-sufficiency.
Across the U.S., there was a total of 43 charitable organizations who won IKEA makeovers. Seventy-seven other charities, who were first and second runner ups, won an IKEA product donation.
IKEA wants to play a part in creating a better life for the many people, as well as communities touched by IKEA business. While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of people in developing countries, IKEA also wants to be a good neighbor in its local communities. The IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker challenge is one way to make a difference closer to home.
How the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Works: Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee – at each store – selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was March 27- April 10). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive an IKEA product donation.
IKEA U.S. started the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge in 2011, and since then over 200 local charities have received over $1 million in IKEA products, design expertise, and manpower.
For more information on the winners, read here: ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/life-improvement-challenge/index.html