Giving chairs & giving thanks
ISCG became a quadragenarian this year. Since our humble beginning in 1976, starting in the garage of our former owner, we have now been designing and furnishing inspired workspaces for forty years. It is an exciting milestone for all of us associated with ISCG and certainly a reason to celebrate. That is especially true in this year of historical political divisiveness where it seems every news program and discussion is about what is wrong as opposed to what is right. Just watching the news can be depressing.
This discord has been on our mind when, in a moment of serendipity, we decided to forgo a lavish party to celebrate our 40th anniversary and, instead, give back to the community by donating 40 state-of-the-art, highly ergonomic task chairs to four deserving charities. During a three week nominating period in October, we received hundreds of responses recommending 85 different charities. With each recommendation, we asked for one additional detail – tell us more about the charity.
What we read was heartwarming, uplifting and positive. The responses are a window into the real world; a world where people give without expectation. It is a world where selflessness replaces selfishness, and providing help to those less fortunate is championed.
A sample of the responses received:
. . . They work on such a small budget because all of their money goes to their program. Their current chairs were from the dumpster. . .
. . . We do it all with only the donations we receive from our fund raising events. 98% of all fund raising dollars goes back into our organization. . .
. . . uses as many of its resources as possible for its client and tends to neglect its administrative staff. New office furniture of any kind is a luxury. . .
. . .all the staff is part-time to make sure most of the resources they collect go directly to the kids. . .
. . . volunteers work tirelessly to help victims/survivors. . .
After reading the nominations, one could not help but be inspired. We were touched by the good work people are doing in the community. It was a reminder that for every personal attack you hear on Fox News or CNN, there are countless citizens giving of time and talents, doing great work, without recognition.
We thought that by donating the chairs we were the ones giving back, when it really was quite the opposite. The testimonials, thanks, and visits were really gifts to us – a needed tonic during a year of acrimony.
The final winners of our Chairs for Chair-ity giveaway can be found here.