At Room & Board, we believe business means more than just sofas, chaises and c-tables. We are passionate about transforming our communities through partnerships with non-profit organizations. We are also dedicated to providing more than just financial services to these groups.
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., our 14th street store is housed in the R.L. Taylor Building, a 1919 Ford Motors showroom that’s been restored to preserve its historical significance. The showroom features 36,000 square feet of design inspiration on four floors, including a rooftop patio. By providing event space, we positively affect non-profit organizations in ways we could never imagine.
In October, our store was the host site for a fundraising event for DC Safe. Its mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination for domestic violence survivors through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform. This is the third year they held an event in our store, and they were especially grateful for the space because it helped draw a record crowd.
The high turnout is notable because the event occurred just over a week after the federal government shut down. Because DC Safe is partially federally funded, they were unable to receive allotted monies and feared they would have to shut their doors unless they were able to make up the deficit and raise at least $20,000 in a week’s time. By the day of the event, they had raised all but $5,000 of the money needed. Thankfully, due to the great turnout and the generosity of attendees, they were able to raise the remaining $5,000 (and more).
Throughout the evening, I was stopped by guests, volunteers and board members who expressed appreciation of Room & Board as a community partner. While it may be all in a day’s work, it makes for a very fulfilling day to know we can help in such a unique and positive way.
Mark Riddle is a Design Associate in Washington, D.C.