Huntsman’s ongoing commitment to a variety of charitable activities and organizations is in perfect alignment with our company’s mission to improve the human experience. We seek to have an impact in our local communities, both through our design work and through the direct involvement of our staff. Our collective volunteer efforts and contributions have focused on fundraising, improvement of physical environments, and on simply lending a hand where needed. Most importantly, our staff have influenced and touched the lives of many individuals served.
Hosted by IIDA San Francisco, Scene Local is an annual event where local designers partner with local manufacturers to create experiential “scenes - from upstairs / downstairs to outdoors, from the luxurious to the sparse.” This year, Huntsman partnered with GCI Construction, Teknion, Humanscale, Ercol, Studio Roeper, Fireclay Tile, Mannington Commercial, Martin Sign Company and Pablo to create Exploring the California Redwoods. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Youth Art Exchange.
This year Huntsman participated in Chairity, a design competition where teams are tasked to give an old chair a new life. The new creations are auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting Project Color Corps. Our design team re-envisioned this year's entry into a bar cart named Brass Monkey.
Huntsman's Season of Sharing
A tradition every holiday season since the firm’s founding is the allotment of a ‘second’ bonus check issued to every employee to be used however the employee deems worthwhile and meaningful. Each year, our staff members donate their checks to a variety of local, national and international organizations and causes. Other means of giving include using the allowance to purchase meals or clothes for people in need or just using it to brighten a deserving person's holiday.
Founded in 1992, Canstruction is an international charity that benefits and serves local food bank organizations. In numerous cities around the world, teams of architects, engineers, and contractors design and assemble large-scale exhibits built entirely out of full cans of food. Through free exhibitions, the public can then view the marvelous structures. Over the years, Huntsman has proudly participated in the SF Canstruction event with notable engineering and contractor partners.
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Since its launch in 1997, We Care brings the festivities and joys of the holiday season to 6,000 children across 30 cities through The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In partnership with leading interior design firms across the country, including Huntsman, thousands of children are given the opportunity to create gifts for their families and friends in a celebratory atmosphere.
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PAWS and Petchitecture
In 1995, Huntsman joined the talents and enthusiasm of the Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) Advisory Committee and the San Francisco AIA Interior Architecture Committee in developing a community outreach program that would benefit both groups. The firm gathered friends and design colleagues to brainstorm ways to link the talents of the design community with the mission of PAWS. Through this effort, Petchitecture was born. For the past 16 years, Huntsman has remained committed to PAWS through financial, outreach, design support, and participation in the Petchitecture program.
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Leap Arts in Education is a private non-profit organization founded in 1979 as a response to the passage of California Proposition 13, which dramatically reduced state funding for education and effectively eliminated the arts from public elementary schools. Huntsman has been involved with Leap's annual Sandcastle Classic, Northern California's largest sandcastle building event. Every year, Leap hosts this spirited competition between teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors paired with local elementary school students.
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Our firm and staff members have participated in a number of other notable organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, the UCSF Positive Health Program, and Destination Foundation. We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute monetary donations, pro-bono design services, and our time in the communities where we live and work.