2019 Makeover Story – Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

This makeover began in April 2019 when over 50 interior designers in the Madison area met at FLOOR360 and agreed to volunteer their time and talent to create a great space for this special place in Madison. Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center is a 100-year-old church that received new flooring, paint and amazing creative flourishes that reflect the people and the neighborhood where the facility is located. Over 200 area businesses and individuals came together to donate time, materials, talent and funds that totaled over $700,000 – a record setting amount for a makeover of a non-profit in the United States. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving, the community room has been booked solid for event reservations since October 2019, earning extra income for the non-profit which can be invested into other programs like their food bank or summer camps.

About Design for a Difference

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Design for a Difference is the first-ever community driven movement that brings socially-conscious design-driven flooring showrooms together with interior designers and other businesses to makeover much needed spaces at local charities. The movement was started by the International Design Guild membership including local Madison business FLOOR360. The 2015 Charity recipient was the Respite Center at the Center for Families in Madison, WI. The 2016 Charity recipient was The Rainbow Project in Madison, WI. The 2017 Charity recipient was Centro Hispano. In 2018, the design team and over 200 volunteers executed a 12,800 square foot makeover of East Madison Community Center in Madison, WI. Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center is the most recent recipient of the makeover in 2019. Visit the Past Projects page to see the hundreds of volunteers and donors who have donated over $2 million dollars in time, materials and funds. with videos.

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2016 – The Rainbow Project

2017 – Centro Hispano

2018 – East Madison Community Center

Who

…can be involved.  Any person, business or organization that has the passion to make a difference including design professionals such as interior designers, architects and design students who register to volunteer or donate.

…will benefit: The makeover and publicity generated during the makeover process will benefit the people in need served by the Center for Families as well as its staff and volunteers.

When

Planning – March, April                   Designing – May, June                  

Procuring Elements – July -September

Installation – October

Why

  • To provide an opportunity for local businesses to be recognized in their communities for their charitable contributions.
  • To demonstrate how Design can positively impact living environments.
  • To extend goodwill to local charities who give back to our communities.
  • To impact our communities by making a Difference in people’s lives

How

There are a couple of ways to share in the joy of giving. Nominate a non-profit facility you think deserves an interior makeover. Help our fundraising efforts by attending an event like Spring into Design or making a donation. Or you can donate your time or your business resources to a makeover.

Design Professionals

Professional Interior Designers are invited to volunteer their time and talents to collaborate with other designers on the Design Team. It’s the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Visit the Donation page to sign up now.