Op-Ed

Furniture bank making homes

House 2 Home Furniture Bank was established in 2009 and had about 50 volunteers in 2015.

Purpose: We help families and individuals who were homeless and have recently acquired housing through housing case management. Many of the people we serve move into their apartments with no furniture and are forced to eat and sleep on the floor. House 2 Home helps ensure that children have beds to sleep in and families have a dinner table to share meals together.

House 2 Home is unique because we don’t collect items at the office or store them in a warehouse – instead, when a donor makes a furniture donation, they are matched with a customer request. When a match has been made, a delivery volunteer picks up the item from the donor’s house and delivers it directly to the recipient’s home.

Volunteer highlights: Ray and Greg delivered some much needed items to an individual that had received housing. He was so happy that he sent the following message to our volunteer coordinator. “Thank you so much. My place is perfect now. Having my place and everything that makes it home allows me to get on with my life and sobriety. Without all of it my chances would be small. Thank you!”

Signature fundraiser: We are a program of the Volunteer Center/Opportunity Council, which will host Oktoberfest 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Depot Market Square.

Wish list: The one thing on our wish list that would truly benefit our program is a moving truck. Also, dressers, bookcases, dining sets, clean twin, full and queen mattresses.

Current volunteer needs: Four new volunteers. House 2 Home is critically dependent on volunteers who can lift and move furniture and that have a pickup truck/van to transport items. Volunteering with us will make your heart feel good! Contact Karen at 360-746-2362.

For more information, go online to whatcomvolunteer.org/house-2-home.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April was National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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