Volunteering is such a rewarding opportunity for me. I have been very fortunate to be able to participate in a few worthy causes, both personally and professionally. Last year was a big birthday for me and my kids helped me celebrate by throwing me a wonderful birthday party at the Black Finn restaurant in Royal Oak, MI!  I was so not looking forward to opening all those silly, wasteful gag gifts! Instead, we asked for donations for the local woman’s shelter, Haven. We were very proud to send them a check for over $200.00! That was the best birthday gift I have ever received to date!

Recently I’ve joined with other interior designers to form a new non-profit, IDCFC, Interior Design Coalition for Change. The funds we raise will help commercial projects that have a positive impact on their surrounding community. Our first project began in October for Ferncare – a free clinic for the uninsured in Ferndale, Michigan. Since then we have held fundraisers to collect for the remodel of a donated building that we hope to have completed by the fall of this year. We began the 2010 fund raising with a Spring Fling that was held at Blumz in Ferndale, MI on April 15th. We marketed it as network/fundraiser w/suggested donations of $5.00. This year we did a “craft”- ‘cause that’s what we do… The craft was to paint a “tile” for a custom wall paper mural that will be installed at the clinic. Three designs were chosen and will become a custom wallpaper mural. A big thank you to everyone for participating and of course congratulations to our 3 winners; Jill Slavensky , Jean Bean and Susan Buckley.

On April 29th and 30th I helped set up and run the 2nd Bi-Annual Youtique at the Michigan Design Center. This is a boutique held by local designer artists to raise funds for IDCFC.  The profits from this spring’s Youtique will go to help complete our project for Ferncare. Thursday night was our networking night – we had a terrific turnout to kick off the event! Friday was a full day of sales and donations! The final tally isn’t in yet – but we are confident that we did very well. And the vendors were happy and making sales as well as future sales!

So… to all of you reading this – VOLUNTEER! It’s so much fun to help others.