Sharing Connections vision statement is: Tonight, everyone eats at a table and sleeps in a bed.
The organization brings together community members by enabling families and businesses to share their gently used furniture and household items with families needing assistance. This is a unique opportunity for the community to directly make an impact by passing on something they no longer need to make a difference in the life of a family.
Sharing Connections operates out of a 9,000 square foot warehouse and distributes donated furniture and household items to over 6,000 individuals annually. Families served receive over $1,200 on average, of furniture, household items and clothing.
The staff works closely with referring partner organizations. Organizations such as domestic violence shelters, housing organizations, food pantries, schools, veteran, and teen parent organizations refer clients after they have determined the need for beds, cribs, furniture and other household items.
Sharing Connections serves families who have been previously homeless or unemployed. They also serve the working poor, veterans, victims of domestic violence, immigrants, individuals with mental or physical disabilities, victims of fire, flood and natural disasters, etc. They have housing, but are faced with the harsh reality that their “home” is empty or severely under-furnished – without cribs and beds for the children, a table, chairs and dishes to share meals, or even a sofa to sit on and relax.
The typical client of Sharing Connections has an average salary of approximately $12,400 a year for a family of four. After basic expenses such as rent, utilities, food and clothing are paid, there’s little if anything left for the common household furnishings most take for granted. These individuals and families must overcome many obstacles on their way to self-sufficiency.
Volunteers play key roles in maintaining the organization of the warehouse, working with clients when they come to choose and pick-up their furniture and picking up furniture in nearby communities. Folks wishing to donate furniture can arrange to have it picked up at their home or if it’s a smaller item, they can drop it off at the warehouse.
For every piece of furniture you don’t need, there is a family who does. Visit the website for more information at: https://www.sharingconnections.org/
Deborah Rickert, Chief Executive Officer
Amy Sukalo, Warehouse Manager