IKEA U.S. announced last Wednesday, March 28th, the continuation of ‘5,000 Dreams’, its community donation program focused on supporting the newly-arrived refugee families in local IKEA store communities. IKEA will be working with three partner organizations, one of which is the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. IKEA is donating an additional 2,800 beds and bedding sets to refugees who are making fresh starts with their families in the United States. This will complete the total donation of 5,000 beds and bedding planned through the 5,000 Dreams program.
“The 5,000 Dreams program goes hand-in-hand with our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people,” said Samantha Giusti, IKEA U.S. Community Affairs Manager. “We are pleased to continue to play a part in helping refugee families build a new life here in our local communities by providing beds and bedding to make their homes more comfortable and ensure a good night’s sleep.”
In addition to 5,000 Dreams, IKEA U.S. has long been committed to helping its local communities through its many social programs, also donating 150,000 mattresses to UNHCR for vulnerable families living within Syria. Additionally, the IKEA Foundation created another program purchasing rugs from Jordan and partnering with local refugee social enterprises and foundations to support livelihoods for refugees and locals. This program will ultimately enable 200 Syrian refugee women to produce salable rugs through IKEA.
“Resettlement is a collective effort. It depends on public/private partnerships and IKEA is keeping their commitment by providing 5,000 Dreams: 5,000 beds, pillows and bedding for newly-arrived refugees,” said Eskinder Negash, acting Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. “This gift not only provides tangible support for those newly arrived, it sets a standard of private sector support that is commendable and demonstrates leadership at a time when millions of people are displaced and wondering where they will safely lay their head tonight.”
USCRI is proud to work in partnership with IKEA in assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, in a time when the refugee crisis is at its apex. They has undoubtedly set an example for the private sector that we hope others will be soon to follow.
Read IKEA U.S.’s full press release here.
Learn more about in-kind donations or how you can get involved here.