Our Impact On The Community

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to central Ohio families and individuals struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges. We collect, build, store, and deliver various furniture items to people living in bare or sparsely furnished housing. Most of the families served live in or near downtown Columbus, Ohio, where poverty and homelessness are at the highest levels. Our goal is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby relieving suffering, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community. In 2014, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio served 4,549 families by providing them with 14-16 pieces of essential furniture.

How we turned 4,549 empty houses into homes:

  1. 9,700 central Ohio families donated gently used furniture
  2. Countless institutions donated furniture (hotels, colleges and retailers)
  3. Volunteers worked almost 36,000 hours building furniture
  4. Our many referring agency partners brought in their clients

These 4,549 families came to the Furniture Bank for many reasons, including:

  • Previous Homelessness
  • Children’s Services Involvement
  • Relocation to Central Ohio
  • Refugee or Immigrant Status
  • Loss of Job/Unemployment
  • Physical Disease/Disability
Click here for our full report on our impact on the Community. »

The Furniture Bank is GREEN!

When you donate furniture to the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, you are not only helping people in need, you are also recycling and joining us in preventing the 70,000+ solid items that the we collect each year from ending up in a landfill. This amount of furniture would equate to a 28-foot high pile, covering one acre and more than 45,000 cubic yards that is kept out of the landfill – about 405 semi-trailers packed full of furniture recycled each year. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) awarded the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio the 2007 Emerald Award for partnership and collaboration with local agencies and the City of Columbus for our recycling effort. We are also a member of Green Spot, part of the Get Green Columbus initiative to inform and engage; reduce, reuse, and recycle; conserve energy; conserve water; and streamline transportation.

Recycle Your Furniture Today

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to people in need; this furniture is either constructed by volunteers or donated by people in our community. Schedule a FREE pick-up of your gently used furniture today to recycle your furniture, help preserve the environment, and help create a home for a needy family.

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