June 9/16, 2014; Volume 27/Number 29
By Jenna Lippin
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Karndean Designflooring launched its 40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes campaign last fall. The initiative is running globally in regions that include a Karndean headquarters: Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK. Fifteen causes will be selected from North America, as well as 15 in the UK and 10 in Australia/New Zealand. The most important criteria for selected causes are that they are not-for-profit agencies and will use the product themselves or in their own facilities.
To nominate a recipient for the 40 Good Causes campaign, those interested need to visit Karndean’s Facebook page and link to karndean40floors.com, which is a voting platform within the social media site. The company is exclusively using Facebook for voting as it “provides a fast and easy way for people to nominate a cause that is close to their hearts,” the company said. From the nominations collected on Facebook, an internal panel narrows down the causes each month and chooses a recipient.
Nine organizations in North America have been selected for the campaign so far. They are:
Staff Sgt. Shockley, Cincinnati
Staff Sgt. Shockley was seriously wounded during his fourth tour in Afghanistan. Substantial modifications to his family’s home were needed to enable Shockley to comfortably visit his home during his two-year-plus recovery period at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
YWCA Spokane Women’s Safe Shelter, Spokane, Wash.
The mission of the YWCA Confidential Safe Shelter is to ensure the safety of survivors of intimate partner violence by providing a save haven, counseling, case management, education, and basic necessities like food, clothing, personal care items and transportation.
Sibling House, Kirkland, Wash.
Sibling House is a network of homes where siblings in foster care can stay together in a loving environment while separated from their birth parents.
Adelphoi – Nellie Briles Fund, Latrobe, Pa.
Adelphoi provides care to over 2,500 young people every year through group homes, foster care/adoptive services, education, mental health services, in-home services and aftercare.
Room in the Inn
The mission of Chattanooga Room in the Inn is to empower homeless women and children to become self-sufficient by offering a temporary home while providing programs and services necessary to meet their goals.
Congregation B’nai Israel, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury’s original synagogue is heavily involved in the pastoral, educational and cultural needs of the community. B’nai Israel also the homeless and those less fortunate, and hosts cultural/
educational/religious events and services to the greater community.
Opening Doors for Women in Need, Fort Worth, Texas
Opening Doors for Women in Need (ODWIN) facilitates the successful reintegration of women returning from incarceration by helping and supporting them during this process. Karndean’s donation went toward a transitional housing project for the organization.
Glencoe Volunteer Fire Department, Glencoe, Ark.
The Glencoe Fire Depart-ment serves the rural Glencoe, Ark., community. The department operates on a tiny budget and is in need of updating its training room, which is also used as a community center.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focuses on advancing cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Editor’s note: FCNews learned at press time that the Fred Rogers Centre at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., was chosen as Karndean’s most recent 40 Free Floors winner in the U.S.