Local company gives Upper Room a lift
SALEM — Employees of nora systems Inc., a commercial floor covering manufacturer, were encouraged to participate in an ongoing initiative to repair and improve Derry’s The Upper Room.
The Upper Room, a nonprofit family resource center, provides education, support and resources to individuals and families throughout Southern New Hampshire. Thanks to the group’s strong mission and values, nora chose to “adopt” The Upper Room as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. The program, established in 2009, encourages nora to give back to organizations in need.
“When we moved our headquarters to Salem, we were fortunate to have found The Upper Room,” said Heidi Anderson, nora’s human resource manager “It’s an amazing organization with a mission that really resonates with us. We knew that one of their biggest challenges lies in maintaining and improving their building, and this is where we saw an opportunity for nora to help.”
The nora employees volunteered their time to the renovation of a frequently used multi-purpose area in The Upper Room’s facility. Because this room is used daily by visitors and those receiving donations, it was crucial to ensure that the room was well maintained and attractive.
Employees and nora donated flooring, paint, wall and window accessories, and spent significant time painting the walls and making other minor repairs. Volunteers from Merrimack Tile and Northeast Flooring also donated time to install the new rubber flooring. The resulting area was described as “warm and welcoming.”
Additional initiatives taken by nora employees at The Upper Room as part of its CSR program included the delivery of Thanksgiving turkeys and side dishes to families in need, donation and distribution of coats, hats and gloves, a food drive, landscaping and yard maintenance, the repainting of an outdoor sign, phone calls to solicit donations and an ice cream social. In total, over 30 nora employees volunteered at the Upper Room in 2013.