Furniture Bank, Inc., in Ahwatukee has been assisting families around the Valley furnish their newly acquired home for the past two years, and the charity plans to double its initiatives after receiving it 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
The tax-exempt status, which was given in June, will not only give Furniture Bank the opportunity to serve more families in need, but will also further its immediate goals from acquiring larger warehouse space to formalizing relationships with commercial moving and logistic services.
“It gives us more credibility, but it also gives us the ability to go to corporations for additional funding,” said Tami Jackson, founder of Furniture Bank.
Last year, Furniture Bank was able to serve 50 families and as of this month, they’ve served 32 families with four in the process of receiving assistance.
Jackson also stretched out the cause to families in the Kyrene School District who are in need of assistance.
“I recently met with Kyrene Foundation to coordinate helping families in the local school district. The Kyrene families will be assessed by Kyrene to be in need of assistance, and then put in contact with a Furniture Bank volunteer who handle initial requests,” she said.
Jackson said storage space was in high demand because of the amount items being donated.
At times when storage space is full, Jackson has told donators to hold onto their furniture until space becomes available.
“We need a warehouse, so that we don’t have to turn down furniture,” she said.
Jackson is hopeful that within the coming months that storage space will no longer be an issue.
Chris O’Neill, who’s been volunteering at Furniture Bank for the past year, said the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status would assist Furniture Bank to scale up its activities and provide more families with furniture.
“It’s just lovely to see how we can provide more furniture to families,” she said. “It’s just a joy to see that happen.”
For more information about Furniture Bank and how to donate, visit www.furnitureBank.us.
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