On Tuesday, January 11th, the staff of Athena Study Abroad volunteered at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio(FBCO). The Furniture Bank is dedicated to providing free furniture to our central Ohio neighbors in need. The vision of this non-profit organization is that some day ALL central Ohio families will live in properly furnished homes as a result of furniture resource sharing and community collaborations.
The Furniture Bank has grown from its humble beginnings in 1998 of serving only a few hundred families per year, to serving nearly 3,800 families in 2009. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is now the second largest furniture bank in the nation!
Moving into 2010 with a new name, new branding, new website and new ideas, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio continues to grow forward, increase community collaboration and increase self-sustainability in pursuit of its simple mission and long- term vision of seeing EVERY family in central Ohio living in a properly-furnished home. FBCO has increased furniture donation volume via aggressive community awareness campaigns and directed marketing efforts, strengthened the quality and consistency of its service to families in need and the agencies who refer them, and increased its facility space by moving to a permanent facility in Franklinton (just west of downtown Columbus).
After being given a tour of the new facility, we were then led to the furniture assembly area. There were many hardworking and dedicated volunteers that were working to assemble furniture made of donated wood and particle board. The Athena staff quickly learned how to assemble and paint small dining room tables, so that these tables can be used by deserving families throughout central Ohio.
We really appreciate the kindness and hard work demonstrated by the staff and volunteers at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. They were great to work with, and it is evident that the FBCO is doing great things for Ohio!
For more information about the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio please visit the link below: