Importance of Womankind: Design for Social Change
Interior design can be a stand alone work of art. Like most other things in life, our work can bring so much more fulfillment when paired with a push for social change. We know what it’s like to be without, and that’s exactly why it’s so important to give back. The work we do at Jarret Yoshida, Inc. is no exception, which is why we are working with Womankind for social change.
Womankind was founded in 1982 as the New York Asian Women’s Center. Since then, it has become a front runner in supporting survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence among other things. The staff and volunteers have combined expertise in 18+ Asian languages and dialects giving it deep cultural awareness of the individual situations our brave survivors face.
I have been an ally of Womankind for the past three years. As a board member, I bring my expertise in construction and interior design to aid in the renovation and upkeep of their secret locations that provide emergency shelter for victims, survivors, and those in need. This can range from installing solar panels to redesigning an interior to be more suitable for housing trauma survivors.
Before starting my firm, I worked for a variety of social organizations. Notably, I spent my early career fundraising to support educational programs at the Smithsonian, civil rights-related work at the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Minority AIDS Council. Our commitment to the arts and charity is a consistent part of our interior design work.
We understand that everyone comes from their own unique background and wanted to share a more personal side of the work we do at Jarret Yoshida, Inc. In the age of 30-second trending videos, the element of design is essential in drawing attention to positive change and community-driven initiatives. As we enter into a new decade, the importance of charity and social work rests on everyone, not just those who have a degree in it.
Click here to get involved with Womankind
Click here if you are seeking help for domestic/sexual violence or human trafficking
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About Jarret Yoshida: Jarret Yoshida has worked in the New York interior design world for more than two decades. With a varied portfolio of projects including residential and commercial spaces, he draws inspiration from his Asian interior designer heritage to create stylish, welcoming, and sophisticated design solutions.