Fire Departments Are Finalists in Annual Family Handyman/IKEA Rescue Remodel Contest

Three of the finalists in this year’s IKEA-sponsored The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest are fire departments, and there’s less than two weeks left to vote. The contest is currently in its second year of giving back to deserving community groups, such as firehouses, boys & girls clubs, and soup kitchens.

This year’s finalists include:

  • Little Ferry Hose Company #1 in Little Ferry, New Jersey;
  • Moonachie Fire Department in Moonachie, New Jersey;
  • IHS Development in Newark, New Jersey;
  • Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and
  • Franklin Fire Station #1 in Franklin, Wisconsin.

The Family Handyman is always eager to lend a helping hand, especially to such deserving groups as these,” said Russ Ellis, Vice President and Group Publisher, Home and Garden Group. “We pride ourselves on a project well done and share IKEA‘s passion for improving the lives of others. We are excited to be partnering with IKEA in the second year of the Rescue Remodel initiative, and look forward to helping more organizations in years to come.”

Voting will remain open until March 30 at The organization with the most votes will receive a fully customized kitchen makeover valued at $25,000, featuring smart, functional IKEA designs. The renovation will be carefully constructed to suit the needs of the deserving group and better equip them to serve their community.

“We have been so touched by the many heartwarming stories shared through the submissions; we want to commend everyone for their commitment to serving their communities every day,” says Julie Foor, Rescue Remodel Project Leader, IKEA U.S. “As The Life Improvement Store, we believe in creating a better everyday life for the many people and we’re excited to provide the winner a new IKEA kitchen that will be full of smart and innovative design to make their work in the community, a little bit easier.”

A winner will be selected on April 12, and the completed kitchen will be unveiled in The Family Handyman’s September issue and on its Web site, as well as on

Consumers can vote once a day for the group they feel is most deserving of the renovation. Those who participate will be entered for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card.

Entry is open only to legal residents of the U.S.–including its territories and possessions–age 18 or older. Finalists must be active community organizations and part of a not-for-profit group. For official rules and to cast a vote, visit

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