NAFCD and NBMDA will make a contribution of $20 per attendee to the following charities of choice as part of their annual Give-Back Programs.
Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF)
NAFCD’s 2023 Convention Give-Back Program Charity
The Floor Covering Industry Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps families get back on their feet when battling catastrophic injuries, severe disabilities and other life-altering medical crises. Founded in 1981 by industry leaders, the 501(c)3 charity helps those who have worked in the floor covering industry by providing direct grants for medical care and other basic needs. Rising costs and expenses cause our beneficiaries to lose basic financial freedom in their time of need. Financial help is viewed as an opportunity to say “we care” to those in our floor covering industry family. Grants are awarded based on need for expenses such as medical care, medications, medical supplies, and other expenses directly related to beneficiary care, as well such as food, shelter, and utilities.
The National Woods Board
NBMDA’s 2023 Convention Give-Back Program Charity
As more and more woodworkers in the field are retiring and switching careers, companies are struggling to find skilled trade laborers to fill those jobs. The National Woods Board was created to help face the challenge of labor shortages head-on—by making trade education accessible within high schools around the United States, creating career opportunities, and addressing the industry’s workforce needs. The mission of the National Woods Board (NWB) is to replicate and proliferate the successful model implemented by the Colorado Springs-based Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab, known as The MiLL, on a national level. The organization was founded to make the industry-supported education that was built for The MiLL accessible and scalable to students regardless of the location or population of their district. Executive Director of the National Woods Board, Amanda Conger, will be in attendance throughout the 2023 Annual Convention, providing NBMDA distributors with insights and recommendations for supporting local woodworking careers in the regions that they serve. A portion of the registration fee paid by NBMDA attendees to the 2023 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs will be donated to the National Woods Board in support of their mission to create woodworking career opportunities.