By Thomas Grimes
There is a saying that goes, “Sharing IS Caring!”
While networking at the Westchester Business Council Mega-Mixer in Rye a few months ago we met the founder and Executive Director of Furniture Sharehouse, (Westchester’s Furniture Bank) Kate Bialo.
Kate explained that the mission of Furniture Sharehouse was to collect gently-used furniture from the public in order to redistribute it to area families in need who are referred to the program by social service agencies.
Kate told us about their Westchester Airport collection center and the plans they had to expand to other locations by collaborating with municipalities and installing collection bins in their municipal sanitation or recycling yards. This way residents could donate their furniture and place it in a clean, dry, secure container for its protection until it reaches its next owner.
When they developed an agreement with the City of White Plains to do exactly that, Clancy’s Go-Mini’s Portable Storage company of NY, CT and NJ was asked to provide a household goods storage container as a collection bin and we were happy to get involved. A 20’ Go-Mini now sits at the Gedney Way Recycling Yard in White Plains as a collection point for the “Take it or Leave It’ Furniture Sharehouse program.
Since 2007 the Furniture Sharehouse has provided free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families in Westchester County, providing them the basic household furnishings that enable them to rebuild their lives and live with dignity. This program has positively impacted the lives of nearly five thousand people, distributing over twenty thousand items of furniture valued at nearly 1.5 million dollars.
Your local Go-Mini’s Portable Storage of NY, CT and NJ is proud to stand beside the Furniture Sharehouse in support of this program.
To learn more about the Furniture Sharehouse program, please visit their website: www.furnituresharehouse.org