Through corporate giving programs, Red Thread is committed to contributing to the community wherever and however we can. Whether by individual employee efforts, corporate financial donations, or long-term partnerships with non-profit or charitable organizations, Red Thread recognizes the need to be an active participant in the communities in which we operate. Some of our longstanding initiatives include:
Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter | MS Red Thread + Steelcase Bike Ride
Red Thread and Steelcase have been the title corporate giving sponsors of the MS Bike Ride in Connecticut for 17 years. Our riders, from Massachusetts and Connecticut, raise funds and many commit to completing the 50 mile route! On average Red Thread and our employees collectively contribute over $25,000 annually. In addition, Red Thread also contributes by renting tables & chairs for the event.
The Laboure Center has provided critical services to the people of South Boston for over a hundred years. Red Thread is proud to support such an important part of our community. Red Thread has supported the Laboure Center for over a decade in many different ways, from taking a group of young children from one of their programs to the Franklin Park Zoo to hosting groups of children from their Mentoring programs for visits to our offices.
Christmas House Tour
Catholic Charities Laboure Center’s Annual Christmas House Tour brings over 900 guests in early December for a trolley ride through South Boston and for a tour of homes decorated with various Christmas themes. Ann Buchholz, Red Thread Designer, has been a decorator on the Christmas House Tour for 10 years. Ann has also served on the committee that organizes the Spring Reception.
Jennifer Roberts, from Red Thread, has chaired or co-chaired the committee that organizes Laboure’s largest annual fundraiser, a live and silent auction, for 12 years. The event draws close to 400 people each year and has raised an average of $180,000 each year. In 2008 Jennifer was honored to receive The Laboure Service Award along with 5 other long time volunteers.
Design Museum Boston
Design Museum Boston is the region’s first non-profit museum dedicated solely to design. It’s mission is to educate the world on the role of design in their lives and to unite the Massachusetts design community in ways that enrich our collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems more creatively.
Meghan Allen, from Red Thread, engaged with the Design Museum Boston’s (DMB) founders early in the development of the museum and Red Thread hosted DMB’s first event and has been a major supporter over the years. DMB invited Meghan to be on their board and Meghan has recruited other Red Thread employees to be patron members. Red Thread has hosting a number of their events in our space, donated furniture for use in their space and in 2012 Red Thread was the lead sponsor of DMB’s Street Seats Design Challenge which was a major international outdoor furniture competition for Boston’s Fort Point Channel. More than 170 renderings, models and images linked with QR Codes were submitted from designers and teams hailing from across the United States and from 23 countries including: Italy, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Israel, and India.
Rosie’s Kitchen, Massachusetts
Rosie’s Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women that offers emergency and long-term assistance. Rosie’s Place welcomes each guest with respect and unconditional love. Rosie’s Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work. Red Thread employees have volunteered at Rosie’s place focusing on preparing the space for dinner, preparing & serving dinner to the women and then cleaning up the dining room and the kitchen. Volunteers also worked in the pantry helping women shop for their monthly food.
American Red Cross Blood Drive | Massachusetts
Red Thread has hosted the Red Cross Blood Drives in our space.
My Sister’s Place | Connecticut
My Sister’s Place serves the greater Hartford area and is a sanctuary women can go to develop their life skills for up to two years. Since 1982, My Sisters’ Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment for those who find themselves without a home through a unique combination of services and support, guidance and empowerment, encouragement and outreach. Red Thread’s flooring division, Red Thread Designers along with Interface carpeting representatives donated carpeting as well as the labor and installation services to provide new flooring to this essential program.
Sandy Hook Elementary School | Connecticut
After the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, there were a number of employees at Red Thread, our customers and partners (including Steelcase & Polyvision) that engaged to make a difference. In supported of the Newtown Board of Education during their relocation to the Chalk Hill School, collectively (participating partners included Aetna, Conklin, Polyvision, Prudential Securities, Shaw, Steelcase, Transfer, and Red Thread) we were able to make the following contributions:
› 40 bookcases and 34 storage cabinets.
› 32 Eno boards for the classrooms.
› 28 side chairs.
› 11 large area rugs for classrooms, including scrim which is a layer under the rug so it adheres to the floor.
› 4 white boards.
› Delivery and installation for these items.