The Excitement of Giving
We are excited to be pointing a well deserved spotlight on the purpose and people behind the long running We Care Holiday Event in our upcoming winter issue. The event this year is on Thursday December 12th, just a few days before our issue hits the stands, so we decided to post the story here first, so you can learn about this very special holiday event and participate if you would like.
For more information about supporting this event, contact Carie Mueller at Carie_Mueller@hermanmiller.com
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Alicen Dunbar (Top Left) and Amy Hoffman (Top Right) from the DLR Group guide Dalton and Alyis as they craft colorful scarves. Dalton is 6 years old and Alyis just turned 7 in November, and they are both in the first grade.
By Sarah Barker, Associate IIDA
Images by Crystal Allen
[dropcap type=”circle” color=”#fc6501″ background=”#dfdddd”]’T[/dropcap]was the night before “We Care” and all through the gym, design and architecture firms were stirring with presents for them. Tables of beads, all the glue and the glitter, paper and ribbon leave much to consider. Candy and cocoa, photos and frames – all of these children will leave with great things. Presents to give that they made themselves – gifts for their loved ones with help from these elves.
Once a year, Herman Miller and Workplace Resource bring local design and architecture firms together for a holiday tradition known as “We Care.” We Care is a gathering for the children of the Boys & Girls Club to experience an afternoon of holiday cheer they can share with their friends and family. The Boys & Girls Club of America’s mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.” Children are rewarded for their hard work and positive attitudes with an invitation to this event, and this year, the holiday festivities will be held at the George M. Wilfley Boys & Girls Club for a fun-filled afternoon of crafts, goodies, gift wrapping, carolling, face painting, pizza and a special visit from Santa. The event was originally started by Herman Miller in Chicago in 1996, has grown to over 30 communities across the nation, and is celebrating its 12th year in Denver!
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Jansen Strawn Consulting Engineers
Kieding Office Architects
Open Studio Architecture
Semple Brown Design
Tenant Planning Services
Each of the 20 participating firms will create host stations for children to make holiday gifts for family and friends. Guided by Santa’s Helpers, children go from station to station, gluing ornaments and decorating handmade cards, crafting candles, scarves, photo frames, stockings and a variety of festive treats. Each firm donates the materials and provides the volunteers to help over 400 children make gifts for their loved ones.
Alicen Dunbar from the DLR Group and Dalton, age 6, show off their colorful creation.
It takes a great deal of manpower to run the event including decorating, setup, clean up and coordination, and Herman Miller and Workplace Resource employee participation is the special touch that makes the event extra memorable for the children! “The overall goal is for kids to have a lot of fun and help them feel good,” shares Matt Craig. “It provides these children something to give during the holidays—an act that develops character in people, especially when it is something made with their own hands.” Craig serves the holiday season as “Santa’s #1 Elf Spokesperson” and is also the Marketing Specialist at Workplace Resource in Denver. He has enjoyed being a part of this event for nearly ten years and sharing with children the excitement of giving.
[quote align=”center” color=”#fc6501″]”It provides these children something to give during the holidays—an act that develops character in people, especially when it is something made with their own hands.”[/quote]
Sarah McGarry (Far Left) and Christie House (Far Right) from RNL get creative with paint while helping Damian and Susana decorate ornaments for the holidays. Damian and Susana are both 6 years old and in the first grade.
As the main coordinator for We Care for the past seven years, Carie Mueller is quite busy during this season. “I absolutely love everything about this event,” says Mueller, “seeing all of our industry friends and partners coming together to share their creativity and thoughtfulness with so many children in Denver fills my heart with joy.” Mueller is a Strategic Accounts Manager for Herman Miller and has a special appreciation for this event as a member on the Associate Board of the Boys & Girls Club. “The children absolutely love this event and look forward to it every year. To watch them create their own crafts, to see their faces light up after they have made these beautiful gifts, and to witness how proud they are is absolutely gratifying. It is priceless.”
For more information, visit the Herman Miller website.