Giving Back To Our Community
“Making a difference one square foot at a time.”
That&s our mission. Since our founding in 2004, supporting Queens communities through giving has always been a cornerstone of our business and a belief that guides so many of our decisions. We are very proud of the many worthy causes we support in our community.
George to the Rescue
We are extremely proud to be partners with the popular NBC television show “George to the Rescue”. The home renovation series stars contractor, George Oliphant and his team of workers and volunteers, as they renovate the homes of deserving families. For six years, George and his team have traveled across the tri-state area helping families in need.
Tiles Unlimited has been privileged to participate in six episodes to date by donating over 2,500 square feet of tile and installation materials. We look forward to participating in many more projects and helping more people in need. Being able to actually see the completed projects and the reactions of the families as they see it for the first time is a life changing experience.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Tiles Unlimited donated over 30,000 square feet of their best-selling porcelain tile to over 200 Queens homeowners affected by the storm. With many families still trying to recover from the storm&s severe damage, we then developed our Hurricane Recovery Program to assist even more of those still in need by providing deep discounts on tile and installation materials. Our clients, including homeowners, designers and contractors, were instrumental in getting the word out allowing us to help even more of our neighbors.
Toys for Tots
We were looking for a new way to give back in late October 2015 and decided that we would become a drop-off location for Toys for Tots and promote this worthy cause to our customers, vendors and social media followers. Toys for Tots is a non-profit charity that provides toys each Christmas to less fortunate children.
We hoped to collect 20-30 toys and buy some ourselves. Our customers, vendors and neighbors really came through by donating over 150 toys. We were so gratified that complete strangers came by to donate toys because they heard about it on social media and didn&t even know about Tiles Unlimited. The experience was amazing and we are looking forward to doing this every year. As of December 2017, we have collected well over 600 toys for children in need.
Read more about our Toys for Tots initiative by clicking here.
Queens Centers for Progress
Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) is committed to providing person-centered services and support to children and adults who have developmental disabilities. The goal of these services and supports is to promote independence, community involvement, and quality of life. At the core of all the agency’s services is the deeply held belief in the development of the individual. QCP believes that all people can learn and that all people – in spite of any developmental disability – can make meaningful choices about their lives.
Tiles Unlimited President, Joseph L. Pipitone was honored as their 2015 Business Man of the Year for his philanthropic spirit and contributions to the Queens communities that he lives and works in.
Red Nose Day
A visit by one of our employees to a Walgreens store set us on a course to join Red Nose Day 2016 and take on childhood poverty as part of our mission. Red Nose Day is a special day to have fun, come together and make a difference for kids. Everyone gets involved, from community leaders to celebrities, comedians and business owners. It&s a day to raise awareness and money to support impoverished children right here at home.
Money raised on this day helps change lives through projects designed to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. Some of the worthy charities participating include Save the Children, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, National Urban League and Oxfam America
We decided to make it a 2-week event and to solicit our customers, vendors and neighbors for funds. Our staff wore red noses and other Red Nose Day merchandise at work. We even gave our logo a red nose and used it for the 2-week event. We took a ton of photos and shared them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For every Red Nose Day post that was shared, favorite or liked, we donated $0.50 to the cause. We also set up a FUN-raising site to raise even more money. Red Nose Day 2017 raised over $42 million and we are proud to have played a small part in that.