Herman Miller Hosts First Holiday Campus Book Drive

November 03, 2010

Herman Miller is launching its first book drive campaign this holiday season on college and university campuses across the country. To facilitate the book drive, several Herman Miller dealerships will place bookcases on the campuses of more than 30 higher education institutions. The goal is to collect and provide books to nonprofit organizations that want to share the gift of reading.

From November 15 to early December, dealerships will partner with local campus student or faculty groups and use special Meridian bookcases to collect books for an organization of their choice. At the end of the book drive, the bookcases and donated books will go to the selected organizations.

The idea stems from a National Council of Teachers of English study, which explains that only a small percentage of the population will have the literacy abilities to participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020.

"We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to succeed in this world. Providing books to organizations that want to share them with children or adults is a great place to start," says Jeff Vredevoogd, Herman Miller's Director of Education Solutions.

Vredevoogd adds that he wants this holiday book drive to be the first of many.

"It's a wonderful opportunity that will bring businesses, students, and faculty together and create a better world for their communities."

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Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal 2010. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2010, Herman Miller was again cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" in its industry and among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America, while Fast Company has named Herman Miller among its 2010 "Innovation All-Stars." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.