Charitable design initiative launched by Interior Design Society

Make-A-Wish® and Dwell with Dignity to participate as collaborating organizations

May 27, 2015, 10:17 ET from Interior Design Society

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Interior Design Society (IDS) launched a new community-engagement initiative called #idsIMPACT at its National Conference held May 19 - 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. Beginning in 2016, IDS will strongly encourage each member to report the number of hours per year provided in pro bono design services to benefit his or her community.

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Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity have teamed up with IDS as collaborating organizations of this initiative to help provide projects for IDS members. However, projects can be completed for any charity or organization in need. The work can be of general benefit for the community such as a park or community center, or the work can be for a non-profit, religious or other charitable cause.

"This is the start of something really fantastic for IDS," said Snoa Garrigan, Executive Director. "Commitment to community is one of our core values and we are really driving home the importance of our members giving back to their communities through design."

A new category of community-engagement awards will be inaugurated and distributed at the annual awards gala in 2016 in order to promote involvement from designers, industry partners and sponsors. Awards will only be available to IDS members.

You can visit www.interiordesignsociety.org/idsimpact to learn more about this program. 

About Interior Design Society
Interior Design Society (IDS) is an association of professional interior design entrepreneurs focused on helping our members grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other and impact their communities. One of the country's largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, N.C.

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

About Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity is a Dallas-based nonprofit group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Dwell with Dignity installs home interiors for families that include donated and refurbished furnishings and art, as well as bedding and kitchen supplies, complete with food in the pantry. Dwell with Dignity brings good design to those less fortunate, inspiring families to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in. To learn more go to www.dwellwithdignity.org.

SOURCE Interior Design Society



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