December 21, 2016
Herman Miller and Design Firms Across North America Bring Holiday Cheer to 6,000 Children through “We Care”
20th Annual “We Care” Benefits Boys & Girls Club Chapters in Nearly 30 Cities
Herman Miller and the architecture and design community joined forces once again for the 20th annual “We Care,” a series of holiday events across the U.S. and Canada benefiting more than 6,000 children. Throughout December, children from Boys & Girls Club chapters attended events in nearly 30 cities organized by volunteers from Herman Miller and some of the country’s leading architecture and design firms, including Gensler, HOK, Perkins+Will, and Interior Architects.
“We Care” gives children the opportunity to create holiday gifts for family, teachers, and friends at a variety of craft stations, including decorating ornaments, tote bags, picture frames, bookmarks, and stockings. In addition to making gifts, the children enjoy refreshments and other activities such as face painting and balloon animals. At each location, dozens of volunteers are on hand to share in the holiday spirit and help children achieve their artistic vision.
“The holidays are a joyous time of year, but for many kids and teens, especially those in disadvantaged situations, they can be difficult,” said Herman Miller’s Katrina Bultman, who manages the “We Care” project. “We’re so thankful to all of our partners and sponsors who give their time, talent, and resources to ensure these children can attend ‘We Care’ every year.”
More than 50 Herman Miller employees across North America organize “We Care” events, with the help of hundreds of volunteers from Herman Miller as well as designers and architects from 200 architecture and design firms. Additional corporate sponsors in each city provide refreshments, materials, transportation, and other forms of support.
“The ‘We Care’ program enables Herman Miller and their partners to provide a unique experience for local Boys & Girls Club members, helping them design, build, and provide gifts for their loved ones,” said John Miller, Senior Vice President, Field Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “For some kids it provides the only opportunity to put something for others under their Christmas tree. Thanks to the generous commitment of Herman Miller employees in local markets across the country, many of our Club kids and teens will have a brighter holiday season.”
This year, “We Care” events took place in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boise, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Holland, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Virginia Beach, and Washington D.C.
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Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index ten years in a row, was named a 2016 Top 100 Healthiest Employer, and has earned numerous global sustainability awards. In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.