Children’s Home Society Will Receive A Complete Makeover From IKEA Orlando


As part of The IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge, co-workers and customers voted for local non-profits to receive an IKEA makeover

Children’s Home Society of Florida in Orlando is the winner of the fourth annual IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge. As the winner, they will receive IKEA products and design expertise* from IKEA Orlando for a makeover to benefit their Perinatal Program.


Since 1992, the Perinatal Program has helped thousands of children and their moms in Central Florida learn how to cope with the demands and stressors of raising children.  The Program is a cost-effective and highly successful way of preventing child abuse for more families with a stellar 100% success rate of abuse-free homes among program graduates.  IKEA’s donation will enhance the group meeting and snack rooms, the children’s play area, the mother’s store with free baby clothing and supplies along with increasing the capacity of the storage room.

IKEA co-workers throughout the country at 38 stores and two service offices nominated local non-profit organizations to receive an IKEA makeover of a space that helps to improve the lives of others. Over 100 inspiring nominations from IKEA co-workers were received. A steering committee from each location then selected up to three organizations for IKEA co-workers and consumers to vote for online between March 17 and March 31, 2014. Over 83,000 votes were cast and the winning charities were announced on April 4,2014 for each location. This year a total of 40 community projects will be supported by IKEA. Runners up will also receive an IKEA gift card as a thank you for participating in this year’s contest. This is the fourth year for the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Over the course of this time, over 100 local non-profit organizations have won IKEA makeovers.

The current winners can be found at

“At IKEA, we believe in creating a better everyday life for the many people and supporting organizations like the Children’s Home Society of Florida is a natural extension of that.  By making this contribution, IKEA Orlando and our co-workers are able to help Children’s Home Society support parents, children, and families in our own community said Julie Mott, IKEA Store Manager.

“The IKEA makeover will be a real boost to all our moms and to the program itself.  We just moved into a larger space to accommodate all our moms.  We can definitely use IKEA’s design expertise and great products to make it a special place where our moms can learn and bond with their babies,”, said Tara Hormell, executive director for Children’s Home Society of Florida in Central Florida. “It is so encouraging for them to know the community is behind them while they work to become the best moms they can be for their children.”

*approximate retail value of $10,000 of product and design expertise time


About IKEA

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to  IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see,, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA, @IKEAOrlando,,,



About Children’s Home Society of Florida

On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families.  Children’s Home Society of Florida offers services that help break the cycles of abuse in more families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families through adoption. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves approximately 100,000 children and families throughout the state each year.  For more information, visit

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