PRLog (Press Release)
– Nov 04, 2008
– Thinking Globally, Acting Locally!
The International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) Foundation, a charitable foundation of the IAHSP Association, completed anotherWorldwide Staging Service Week (WWSSW) where all over North America, Accredited Staging Professionals® (ASP®) and Accredited Staging Professional Masters® (ASPM® ) set aside personal business and gave back to their communities. WWSSW has been happening since 2005 when IAHSP Founder, Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging®, had the vision to give back to communities and individuals in need, serving from the heart and helping others with the art and creativity of home staging. Worldwide Staging Service Week was officially the week of September 12-19th with some projects completed in subsequent weeks.
Through the efforts of local IAHSP Chapters all over North America, beneficiaries of the WWSSW included the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Women's Shelters, Abused Children's Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Children's Care Homes, Military Families, Animal Shelters, Senior Centers, and Food Banks where ASPs "Staged" from painting to reflooring, bringing in decor and refreshing worn elements, and even obtaining new furniture for these facilities. In some instances, donation of food items, clothing, and toiletries were provided for families in need. Some chapters donated tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of time and resources for their chapter WWSSW events. More than ever this year the dedication of the months of planning for this worthwhile event was felt as the economy has taken a toll on the donations to groups in need.
IAHSP Chapters all over North America selected the group or individual to help for this year's event, and then worked for months to plan and organize the actual WWSSW Staging. IAHSP Chapter members and ASPs secured donations of time, money, and materials in order to complete the Staging project, and also received money from the IAHSP Foundation to support their efforts. At the Annual IAHSP Home Staging Convention, a live and silent auction helps raise money for the IAHSP Foundation that is earmarked for the WWSSW activities.
To link to information on the WWSSW go to www.iahsp.com and link to the WWSSW summary pages.
The International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) is the only international trade association for the Home Staging industry and since 1999 has been setting quality standards of excellence, education and performance for Home Stagers. IAHSP was the first association founded to guide the Home Staging industry, and remains the industry leader for quality assurance and performance standards.
IAHSP is based in education and excellence and all members must adhere to a strict code of ethics for serving their clients and working with colleagues. IAHSP has established local member chapters all over North America that since 2003 have been serving the public by creating awareness of the need for professional Home Staging, and providing professional business networking forums for Home Stagers.
IAHSP hosts the only annual Home Staging Convention and since 2003 has invited ASP Home Stagers from around the world to join together for learning and networking.