Peabody in the Community

Peabody Office Furniture has always maintained strong ties within the community of Boston.  We consistently participate in charitable events both financially and through employee involvement.  We are members of both the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and IFMA (International Facilities Management Association), both of which are leading organizations within our industry.  We are supporters of Shelter Inc., the Dianne Devanna Center, participate in Rebuilding Together Boston, and help organizations like the Salvation Army and City Year with furniture projects through donations and significant discounts.  We have developed our own internal programs to help charities; for example, we created Jean Friday, where employees are allowed to wear jeans on Fridays but must contribute $1 to do so.  Each year, we donate this money to a local charity.  We create “Turkey Baskets” for Thanksgiving that we deliver to families in need that include a meal for 8-10 people each; and donate presents during the Holidays to The Home for Little Wanderers.  We have employees participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, in the “Daffodil Days” for the American Cancer Society, and in the Corporate Challenge, each held annually.

Since 2003, Christopher Peabody has been a judge for CANstruction, a national food drive contest to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Merrimac Valley Food Bank.  We have our employees participate in the annual Sidewalk Sam sidewalk drawing contest to benefit art programs within the city of Boston.  We participate financially with several of our major client’s charity events, including Pioneer Investments, Eaton Vance, and Caritas.  Lester Peabody was on the New England Deaconess Association Board until his death in 2009.    Peabody Office Furniture was honored by Mayor Thomas Menino when the company turned 100 years old, and more recently we were given an award by Secretary of State William Galvin for our longstanding contributions to Massachusetts. 

In 2002, Christopher Peabody was selected as part of the inaugural “Emerging Leaders of Boston” program through UMASS Boston.  There he learned leadership skills from a diverse group of emerging Boston leaders from both profit and non-profit organizations.  It was also an opportunity to meet with some of Boston’s prominent leaders: Marsh Carter, Ray Hammond, Marian Heard, Wayne Budd, and Sandra Lynch, for example.  The program lasted for one year during which time a group of teams was formed to develop ideas/ways to improve the City of Boston.   Christopher was selected by his team to present their project to the Mayor.

Charities and local organizations Peabody Office Furniture is a member of or has contributed to in 2011: