Wendy Brooks of 100+ Women Who Care is flanked by Pastor Mark Farley and Tami Jackson, the founders of the Furniture Bank.
Special to AFN

The Ahwatukee group of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is at it again.

This time the local ladies who love to give chose the Furniture Bank as the recipient of their first charitable donation of the year. The women donated $11,200 to this local nonprofit.  

The Furniture Bank was founded in 2012 by Ahwatukee resident Tami Jackson to provide gently used furniture and household items for Valley families in need.

Jackson, who has been helping the homeless for over 20 years alongside her husband, Pastor Mark Farley, noticed that those getting back on their feet may be able to afford rent but usually not the furnishings and household items needed for a functioning home.

So, she started the Furniture Bank to give people a hand in creating a comfortable and positive home that includes furniture and furnishings.  

“We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation that will enable us to help so many more of our neighbors in need,” said Jackson. “It is our plan that children receive the essentials like a bed of their own with a new mattress and a dining room table where the family can come together for meals, conversation and homework.”

Along with her husband and a handful of volunteers, Jackson operates the charity that helps 200 local families and individuals each year.

Most recipients are single moms with two or three children, but the Furniture Bank also helps grandparents or aunts and uncles welcoming children from the foster care system, as well as veterans getting back on their feet.

The Furniture Bank collaborates with more than a dozen other local charities such as Family Promise, UMOM and Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club to identify and help families and individuals in need.

The Ahwatukee group of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is part of an international network of informal groups of women and men who want to give back to their local communities.

Members meet once a quarter to donate money directly to the charity of the groups’ choosing.

“It has become more challenging than ever to do all the things we want to do, including giving back,” said Jenn Kaye, who serves on the executive team of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun. “Together we create a network of support with the power to truly help others, make a bigger impact and leave a lasting legacy in Ahwatukee and throughout the Valley.”

The Furniture Bank welcomes donations of gently used furniture and household items. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that spends 100 percent of its income to help the working poor, so those who donate money are eligible to receive the dollar-for-dollar Arizona tax credit.

To qualify for the 2017 tax credit, donations must be received by April 17.  furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit

To donate furniture or household items, please visit their website and complete their online form.

The next meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is April 17 at 6:30 pm at the Foothills Golf Club.  Guests are welcome and may register at 100wwcvalleyofthesun.org.

-Wendy Brooks of Ahwatukee nominated Furniture Bank for the donation.

 

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