Non-profit organizations and their volunteers spend the majority of their time and money creating programs to benefit their communities. With such a broad and important mission, keeping spirits high and motivations strong is key to achieving the best possible outcomes for those they serve. We teamed up with to bring United Way’s California Capital Region meeting space a well-deserved, bright refresh that serves to invigorate the United Way team and volunteers that power the Square One program in their community. Today we’re sharing the results of that very special project.
The Carpet and Rug Institute reached out to us a few months ago for some design refresh ideas for United Way Sacramento. After looking at photos of the space, we were immediately struck by the dark colors of the walls and busy carpeting that defined the space. In order to create a more welcoming and energetic space for the UW team and volunteers, we recommended painting the walls soft grey and playing with the colors in their signature programs collateral to keep the program and its mission top-of-mind. We also communicated that the current carpet was weighing down the space.
By incorporating functional, but playful elements like pennants, felt signboards and bright yellow chairs, the room became a light space filled with reminders of why everyone who passed through the door was there – to bring “light and bright” to the community they serve. With donating the new carpet tiles in a textured light grey, the space went from a drab, cave-like environment to a place that felt large and limitless, like the Square One program goals.
We worked with the UW team to choose objects that represented the Square One program’s mission, which is to make a significant increase in the number of children who graduate from local high schools and move on to successful lives. Tomato Red, Taxi Yellow, Soft Blue and Periwinkle serve as the color story of the program and highlight the four steps to their initiative: Keep Kids in School, Keep Them On Track, Set High Expectations and Ensure Strong Support.
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
Working with , the United Way team chose a light grey carpet as the foundation for their new, inspiring space. They liked that working with carpet gave them a ton of design flexibility and let them go light without fear of wear and tear or staining. With health as one of the foundations of their program, it was important to create an uplifting environment for their team and volunteers with a light workspace. This was made possible with the help of carpet that promotes indoor air quality by trapping harmful particles and helps keep the noise down in their busy areas.
The carpet also offers a safer space for their elderly volunteers. Polished floors in public spaces can be tricky for those with mobility issues, so the UW team was confident that carpet was a great choice. California is known for its environmental progressiveness and almost all carpet, including the carpet tile installed in this space, is certified as . This designation ensures the carpet is among the lowest-emitting products on the market.
Image above: Some of the United Way California Capital Region Team Members
Hats off to the Carpet & Rug Institute, United Way CCR team, installers and volunteers who pulled off this much needed refresh!
If you’d like to donate to the United Way, you can find your local chapter. To donate to the California Capital Region’s Square One Program, click .
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This post is sponsored by The Carpet & Rug Institute, all opinions are our own.