Took me much longer to post this amazing event, but no better time than today, when one of our discussion points (having an online bulletin board) has been launched here.

A Gathering of Furniture Banks

A little background, Bill Lemke and I have spoken at length about creating a sustainable community to support furniture banks around North America. So in January he kick-started a regional meeting of organizations that might all come together to share resources and observations. While a small group, it highlighted for me that gathering, sharing, and problem-solving together is an important role of a community. Attending the event:

  • Dunetchka Otero-Serrano, Executive Director, Community Warehouse Portland, OR
  • Megan Smith, Communication Director, Community Warehouse
  • Anna Kurnizki, Development Director, Community Warehouse
  • Joe Glode, Program Director, Community Warehouse
  • Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Toronto Furniture Bank, Canada
  • Ray Piontek, Founder and Executive Director, Bay Area Furniture Bank, CA
  • Bill Lemke, Executive Director, NW Furniture Bank, WA
  • Jeremy Simler, Director of Development, NW Furniture Bank
  • Matt Hageness, Director of Operations, NW Furniture Bank

45 days later…

While we discussed getting a virtual community moving, I was fortunate to secure the corporate support from Furniture Link Inc. (where we are now as you read this) to get the ‘virtual community going’. So here we are – the beginnings of a community that permit members to:

  • Full member contact director
  • Furniture Bank Round Table forum – where conversations around different topics can occur privately with other furniture bank members.
  • Upload, download, share, comment and collaborate on documents and materials together
  • Share research on measurement and impact
  • Look at best practice examples from other communities to use in your own.
  • Connect with Furniture Link when there are ‘free goods’ opportunities in your community through Furniture Link’s project.
  • More to come as the community helps shape it.

So if you are a Furniture Bank in North America – please join – to get access. Its FREE for us, so no downside for us and our limited resources.

  1. See the Members Map Рhttps://www.furniturelink.co/furniture-bank-network/ 
  2. Discuss at the Round Table – https://www.furniturelink.co/furniture-bank-network/community/
  3. The North American Member List – https://www.furniturelink.co/community/members/
  4. Member Resource Center – https://www.furniturelink.co/furniture-bank-network/member-resources/

Anyway much more to come, but wanted to highlight for the furniture banks out there, we’ve got a virtual community started. Where it goes from here we will see together.

Thanks, Bill, Dunetchka, Ray and your teams for a great Community Event.

PS. Any of your FB team members that would LOVE to join me in curating and improving the community website – do let me know!

Thanks

Dan Kershaw

 

 

 

Furniture Link Community Impact Regional Community Meeting – January 2019