BENTON FURNITURE SHARE

Turning a House Into a Home for Families and Individuals in Need

aka Furniture Share   |   Corvallis, OR   |  http://furnitureshare.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide locally grown and locally made healthy foods and redistribute quality used furniture to children, families, and individuals in need, thus diverting items from the landfill and supporting underserved members of our communities.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Michelle Maddux-Robinson

Main address

PO Box 2224

Corvallis, OR 97339 USA

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EIN

93-1282723

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Low-Income housing options are limited and the waiting list for HUD housing is currently 36 months. Finding affordable housing is difficult and once the right option is located our clients cannot afford even basic furniture necessities like beds, dressers, dining table, or couches. At the same time, thousands of tons of reusable furniture is brought to our dump each year. We divert over 600 tons of furniture a year from the landfill and instead use it to support those most in need, making their house a home they can be proud of. We work with more than 65 state and private agencies to ensure individuals and families in need have pride in and feel safe in their homes. The furniture we provide increases overall wellness, independence, and physical and mental health by providing the basic furniture and household items, as well as ensure children in our communities no longer have to sleep on the floor, which improves their sleep, performance in school, and quality of life for children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beds for Kids

Beds for Kids provides 3,000 beds and bedding for children in need across Linn and Benton Counties every year. $60 provides a child with a mattress, box spring, bed frame, pillow, and bedding. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for every child to sleep, so they can wake up rested and ready to learn. Sleep is an important tool for helping children be successful in school and graduate high school. Beds for Kids is dedicated to supporting this growth, and breaking the cycle of poverty in our communities.

Population(s) Served

Feeding Our Future is our newest campaign that brings families together. Many families in our communities do not sit around a dining room table and have family meals. Your gift of $60 will provide a family a dining room table and chairs to share family meals. Studies have shown children who eat meals with their family eat more fruits and vegetables, which can decrease obesity in children. It also brings the family closer so the children are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects all community contributions given in support of our efforts less grants.

Number of products distributed

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers represent the number of items diverted from the landfill and distributed to clients.

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Individuals Served

Total weight of materials recycled

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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numbers in tons

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide +3,000 beds for children every year, provide more than 5,000 individuals with furniture, home goods, and healthy food boxes, to make their house a home and continue to divert 600 tons or more of reusable furniture from the landfill. When the agencies we partner with provide the leg up, we want to be the hand that's waiting to help them settle in.

Additional Grant Writing for a new larger truck that will allow us to serve more client with less time and lower gas expenses, as well as the ability to hire 1-2 more employees for warehouse and delivery.

We have a community partner who allows us to borrow their large delivery van upon request. This has allowed us to deliver items to clients in cities that were once outside of our delivery area.

Create a "Benefit Sale" area of the warehouse where items donated in good condition, but outside the needs of our clients, can be sold with proceeds directly funding our programs.

We currently serve an average of 5,000 individuals a year and of those 3,094 children. Our current budget allows for 4 part-time employees working Tuesday - Friday. We work with 2 different grocery providers for healthy food boxes, and a 2,000 square foot warehouse to store donated furniture. We utilize a small donated truck for regular deliveries and have a second larger van available upon request for larger pickup or delivery needs.

Since we were established in 1998 our clients served has grown by 56%, and the tonnage diverted from the landfill has increased by 54%. We continue to work hard to change the quality of life for our clients for the better, and keep reusable furniture out of the landfill. We currently accept donations from 3 cities and deliver to 4, but we would like to have the staff and vehicles to deliver anywhere in Linn and Benton Counties.

With all of the work we already do, our list of clients and agencies we support continues to grow. We are always on the lookout for our own warehouse space with a storefront so we can have a benefit thrift store and client services on sight.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 05/09/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Origer

Apex Property Clearing & Recycling


Board co-chair

Kathleen Hutchinson

Marti Barlow

Hospitality Vision

Will Tucker

Linn County Commissioner

Misty Hedlund

Samaritan

Chelsea Chambers

OSU Student

Nicole Ricksgers

OSU Student

Kam Smith

Bertsch Moving & Storage

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable