Three New Jersey Organizations Selected As Finalists In The Family Handyman & Ikea® 2nd Annual Rescue Remodel Contest
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, February 15, 2013, 06:01 AM EST
Grand Prize Winner to Receive an IKEA Kitchen Makeover Valued at $25,000
Three New Jersey community organizations have been selected as finalists in The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest, sponsored by IKEA, which is currently in its second year of giving back to worthy groups across the country like firehouses, boys & girls clubs and soup kitchens. The groups include Little Ferry Hose Company # 1 in Little Ferry; Moonachie Fire Department in Moonachie; and IHS Development in Newark
Little Ferry Hose Company #1 and its volunteer firefighters put the needs of their community first when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area. The backbone of the company’s response and rescue operation is its small, outdated kitchen in its more than 100-year-old firehouse. Operating 24 hours a day, the now congested, inefficient kitchen needs an uplift to continue to help the company and its community in times of need.
Moonachie Fire Department (MFD), which is also comprised of volunteer firefighters, endured structural damage and had its kitchen completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. During the storm, MFD firefighters focused on rescuing local residents even though their own homes were in peril. The kitchen renovation would not only be a testimony to MFD's tremendous efforts but also enable the station to return to its role as both a firehouse and community center.
IHS Development Corporation is a grassroots non-profit organization that is a partner of the national Let’s Move Campaign and the MyPlate nutrition program. A new kitchen would allow IHS to serve healthy, after-school meals to local youth as well as educate them on the importance of eating well and exercise. It would also give the group the opportunity to again partner with the Community Food Bank as well as provide food services to other organizations.
“The Family Handyman is always eager to lend a helping hand, especially to such deserving groups as these,” said Russ Ellis, Vice President and Group Publisher, Home and Garden Group. “We pride ourselves on a project well done and share IKEA's passion for improving the lives of others. We are excited to be partnering with IKEA in the second year of the Rescue Remodel initiative, and look forward to helping more organizations in years to come.”
Voting is open to the public from now until March 30 at www.RescueRemodel.com. The organization with the most votes will receive a fully customized kitchen makeover valued at $25,000, featuring smart, functional designs. The renovation will be carefully constructed to suit the needs of the deserving group and better equip them to serve their community.
“We have been so touched by the many heartwarming stories shared through the submissions; we want to commend everyone for their commitment to serving their communities every day,” says Julie Foor, Rescue Remodel Project Leader, IKEA U.S. “As The Life Improvement Store, we believe in creating a better everyday life for the many people and we're excited to provide the winner a new IKEA kitchen that will be full of smart and innovative design to make their work in the community, a little bit easier.”
A winner will be selected on April 12, and the completed kitchen will be unveiled in The Family Handyman’s September issue and on its website, as well as on www.RescueRemodel.com .
Consumers can vote once a day for the group they feel is most deserving of the renovation. Those who participate will be entered for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card.
Entry is open only to legal residents of the U.S.—including its territories and possessions—age 18 or older. Finalists must be active community organizations and part of a not-for-profit group. For official rules and to cast a vote, visit www.RescueRemodel.com.
About The Family Handyman:
The Family Handyman is one of the most respected media brands in home improvement. The magazine celebrates the process and pride of a project well done, and gives consumers the how-to and solutions they need to create the home and lifestyle of their dreams. The brand offers accurate, fully tested content by a staff of experts and former pros. A crew of more than 1,100 reader-volunteer Field Editors contributes to every issue. The Family Handyman content is available in print; in books; online at FamilyHandyman.com and Haven Home Media; via digital download for iPad, Nook, and Zinio; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
About Reader’s Digest Association:
Reader’s Digest Association is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 140 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 40 countries, the company reaches customers in 76 countries, publishes 75 magazines, including 49 editions of Reader's Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine, operates 62 branded websites and sells 30 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com.
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries/territories, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to www.IKEA-USA.com.