Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides furniture to people in need due to poverty or other severe life challenges. Our goal is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community.
FREE Pickup … FREE Hand Up
We provide FREE pickup of gently used furniture from individuals and organizations. We then offer the donated furniture to families and individuals struggling financially to furnish their own homes. All of the furniture is either donated by central Ohio residents or organizations or built from donated materials by volunteers who adhere to quality methods and standards. It’s a win-win situation for the entire community – families helping families.
Social Service Partnerships
Families and individuals in need of furniture can schedule an appointment through their case managers. A wide variety of Central Ohio social service agencies refer families to the Furniture Bank to get furniture. Referrals can also come from a church, employer, school or civic organization, etc.
The referring agency shares in the cost to serve a family. It costs about $1,400 per family to secure, pick up, store and deliver furniture to each family. The Furniture Bank acts as a centralized hub for Central Ohio social service agencies helping to leverage the generous donations of $5.3m worth of furniture for families in need.
Choice, Dignity, Respect
Each family or individual is able to select their own furniture with the help and guidance of their case manager and our staff. Furniture is delivered the same day with both curbside and inside deliveries depending on a family’s need. We work hard to make sure every client gets 94%-95% of the key furniture items they need for their home.
As a member of the Furniture Bank Association of North America, we are one of the largest furniture banks in the country. In 2017, we served 3,337 families consisting of nearly 10,000 individuals, including more than 4,900 children. Annually, we pick up and distribute nearly 60,000 pieces of gently used furniture and give each family 5 to 20 pieces of furniture based on need.
We take stewardship of donor dollars seriously as they go directly to program services. In addition, our fee for service and social enterprise income constitutes 30% of our annual cash funding and covers all of our administrative and overhead costs.