This is the perfect time of year to highlight one of the aspects of Room & Board that means the most to me. Each Room & Board location is partnered with a local non-profit chosen specifically by a team of people who work here. We support the non-profit through volunteerism, fundraising events, supply drives, and direct donation from Room & Board.

Thanks to the initiative of Design Associate, Margeaux, this fall our Central Campus collected school supplies for the students living in CommonBond housing (our charitable partner). As a mom, I’ve spent many hours hunting down affordable school supplies. Like all parents, I am vividly aware how the costs amass quickly. Most years, I have been fortunate enough to afford supplies for my own children and then some extras for donation.

For a family who is struggling financially, it is easy to spend two weeks worth of the food budget on supplies for two students. That is not an acceptable choice. I’m thankful to have the time and budget this year (and work with a company who prioritizes community) to help contribute supplies for families so no choice had to be made. It’s not solving every problem, but it was an opportunity to support other moms, dads, and caregivers…about 50+ of them when we all pitched in!

Good luck, students. You should be proud of the work you do in school each day, and I’m glad we were able to help!