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ASID Foundation Announces New Partnership with Rebuilding Together

Published year: 
2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:
Korenna Cline: (202) 675-4441, kcline@asid.org

 
As part of a new Foundation partnership, ASID members will renovate a veteran’s home in the Washington, D.C. area under Rebuilding Together’s Veteran’s Housing Initiative 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 10, 2008) – Just in time for Veteran’s Day, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation is pleased to begin a partnership with the Rebuilding Together and their Veteran’s Housing Initiative. Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to revitalize communities and provide free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of people in need. As one of the leading professional societies within the built environment, ASID has an opportunity to connect its membership and its design expertise to Rebuilding Together to make a difference.

The Veteran’s Housing Initiative works to provide housing remodels and repair services for retired and active service men and women. Often this includes providing accessibility modifications for veterans wounded in service to our country and transforming their home into a comfortable and safe environment. Specifically, the ASID Foundation will launch a pilot project in the Washington, D.C. area and, with the help of volunteers from the ASID Washington Metro Chapter, will renovate the home of a deserving veteran. The project is expected to be completed by April 2009.

“The ASID Foundation is proud to honor the service of our veterans and bring universal design to those who need it most,” says Jack Pruitt, director of development for the ASID Foundation. “For designers looking for a way to give back to their community, this is an excellent opportunity to match their services and expertise with the needs of the brave men and women that protect our country.”

In addition to the pilot project, an awareness campaign will be rolled out to ASID chapters across the United States to inform ASID members about the partnership and encourage them to lend their time and support to remodel veterans homes.

Also, the ASID Foundation will provide REGREEN resources, the nation’s first sustainable residential remodeling guidelines, to Rebuilding Together affiliates. REGREEN, launched this March, is one of the foundation’s leading initiatives and provides help with weaving sustainability into remodeling projects.

“Rebuilding together is excited about the new relationship with the ASID Foundation,” says T.J. Cantwell director of veterans housing at Rebuilding Together. “We look forward to combining our years of experience with that of the members of ASID to serve our veterans in need across the country.”

For more information about Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing Initiative go to www.rebuildingtogether.org/veterans. A list of Rebuilding Together affiliates can be found at www.rebuildingtogether.org/content/organization/map.

About the ASID Foundation: The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education. www.asidfoundation.org.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.  www.asid.org ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (www.informedesign.umn.edu), a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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