At Smith Design, giving back is at the heart of our actions. It was an honor this year to be a part of incredible causes and campaigns that provide support to those in need and advocate for progress on important issues. We are proud to share our 2022 year in review of giving back.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the achievements of women, as well as a call to action for challenging gender inequality. #BreakTheBias was this year’s campaign theme, “calling out bias, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination.” We participated in the movement to #BreakTheBias with our own social media campaign to encourage others to stand with us. As a certified WBE and WSOB business, where our culture is rooted in mentoring and supporting women and minorities to encourage confidence and instill the tools to succeed, we are proud to have been a part of this initiative. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
Every house deserves to feel like a home. Each year Volunteers of America helps hundreds of their clients find permanent housing, and each of these clients could use a Homewarming Kit to begin their new lives. We’re proud to have partnered with the organization this past year to help donate to their Homewarming Kits, helping clients get a fresh start as they begin their new chapters. https://www.voa.org/
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smith Design teamed up with the United Breast Cancer Foundation. We are proud to have been able to participate in their donation drive to support their mission of making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Our studio also wore pink on the last day of the donations to show our support for those fighting breast cancer. https://www.ubcf.org/
Throughout the year, the Smith Design team has been working together to bring some life to our “adopt-a-spot” at Burnham Park in Morristown. An “adopt-a-spot” is a publicly owned property around Morristown that needs some “tender loving care”. From planting, weekly clean ups, and watering, our goal is to work towards making a difference environmentally and bring smiles to park visitors and those who drive by.
“American Red Cross has contributed millions to the global Red Cross network to help alleviate suffering. This support allows teams on the ground to provide lifesaving aid – like food, shelter, water, medical care, and mental health support – to the millions displaced within Ukraine and throughout neighboring countries.” Smith Design came together to help American Red Cross’s initiative and donated 20 bags of clothing including women’s, men’s, and children’s pieces in support of Ukraine. https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/international-services/ukraine-crisis.html
Throughout the year, Smith Design has built a close partnership with the Goryeb Children’s Hospital. “Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, is a state-designated, nonprofit, children’s hospital providing state-of-the-art health care for children from birth through age 21 in a healing, family-centered environment”. We are humbled to have been able to participate in multiple initiatives to help make a difference in the children’s everyday lives. Over the summer, we put together and donated gift bags filled with art goodies for the children. These bags included coloring books, colored pencils, and an abundance of other art supplies specific for each age group to enjoy.
In October, we stuffed Trick-or-treat bags with spooky arts and crafts, fun toys, tasty treats and more to spread Halloween cheer.
Most recently, we participated in the Goryeb Children’s Hospital toy drive where we had the opportunity to help bring some holiday magic to the children. We donated over 100 toys ranging between all age groups. Atlantic Health held a networking and gift-wrapping event where they wrapped all gifts to then be delivered to the children at the hospital. Not only did we have a blast picking out toys, but we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this experience and bring some joy during the holiday season.
We have strived to push kindness and caring forward through these give back initiatives. We look forward to continuing to support these and other great causes in 2023. Here’s to another year of compassion, optimism, altruism, and teamwork!
At Smith Design, our culture is rooted in caring. We make a conscious and collective effort to translate our values into actions that benefit our staff, our clients, our community and our environment.