Our Mission

Furniture Share is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in operation since 1998. Our mission is to provide locally grown and locally made healthy foods and redistribute quality used furniture to children, families and individuals in need, thus diverting items from the landfill.
Sustaining client services to target populations through Healthy Food Boxes and Furniture Delivery and Landfill Diversion program will administer delivery of healthy food boxes and redistribution of quality used furniture to individuals and families in need through our BEDS for KIDS, Feeding Our Future​ and​Furniture for Individuals in Crises projects to ensure safety, health, comfort and quality of life to those within Linn, Benton and surrounding Counties.

Feeding Our Future is our newest campaign that brings families together. Many families in our communities do not sit around a dining room table and have family meals. Your gift of $50 will provide a family a dining room table and chairs to share family meals. Studies have shown children who eat meals with their family eat more fruits and vegetables, which can decrease obesity in children. It also brings the family closer so the children are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol.

Here at Furniture Share we are taking this one step further for families and supplying them with not only a dining room table and chairs, but with a flyer that lists five 5 ingredient meals for under $50.00 a week, information on how families benefit from family meals, and five meal-time conversation starters. Many parents want to connect with their children but don’t know how, so we are giving them this communication tool that will help them talk and be engaged with their children during meal times.

These conversation starters are open ended questions to get their children talking. Young children who participate in family meals have increased vocabulary and reading skills.

Feeding Our Future annually  provides 5,000+  individuals with healthy food boxes filled with locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally made no preservatives breads and 25 0 tables and chairs to families. We provide recipes with five ingredients or less and conversation starter tips for families to eat together resulting in wholesome meals, improved family conversations, achievement at school or work and greater family stability. Research data supports the fact that families that eat together have improved nutritional decisions (less obesity), vocabulary and grades in school, and family behavior resulting in less violence.

Teens who often eat dinner with family less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs

Did you Know Furniture Share has a Feeding Our Future program that provides families with dinner tables and conversation starters. The American Public Health Association published the following report:

Amid the vast array of scientific literature on reducing teens’ risk for substance use, a new report offers a method as pure and simple as pulling up chairs around the family dinner table.

Teens whose families eat dinner together at least five times per week are less likely to smoke, drink and use drugs, according to a recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. But teens whose families gather around the dinner table fewer than three times per week are almost four times more likely to smoke, more than twice as likely to use alcohol and two and a half times more likely to use marijuana.

Even worse, teens whose families infrequently come together for dinner are nearly four times more likely to say they can see themselves trying drugs in the future, according to the report. Published in September, the report is the seventh in a multi-year series on the importance of family dinners from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

“This year’s study again demonstrates that the magic that happens at family dinners isn’t the food on the table, but the conversations and family engagement around the table,” said Joseph Califano Jr., founder and chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. “When asked about the best part of family dinners, the most frequent answer from teens is the sharing, talking and interacting with family members. The second most frequent answer is sitting down or being together.”

According to the report, teens who eat few dinners with their families each week are more likely to say they have ready access to alcohol, prescription drugs or marijuana. But teens whose families gather regularly for the evening meal are more likely to report having no access to such drugs.

More than half — or 58 percent — of teens surveyed reported having dinner with their families at least five times a week, according to “The Importance of Family Dinners VII.” The number of U.S. teens who share frequent dinners with their families has remained consistent over the past decade, according to the report, which also found that teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to report having excellent relationships with their parents and siblings.

The report found that teens who infrequently break bread with their families are also more likely to have parents who fail to take the time to check in with their children on a regular basis.

“Parental engagement in children’s lives is key to raising healthy, drug-free kids, and one of the simplest acts of parental engagement is sitting down to the family dinner,” Califano said. “Seventeen years of surveying teens has taught us that the more often children have dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.”

“Beds for Kids” serves the children of Linn, Benton, and surrounding counties. Studies have shown that children who get a good night’s sleep in a bed of their own do better in school physically and mentally. In order for us to help these children get a proper night’s sleep, we are asking for your help. A $60 donation is as little as it takes to supply a donated bed and bedding, and serving more than 3,000 children a year means we have to raise $180,000 a year to support this single program! So whether you can donate a bed or the money to supply a bed we are always in need of your donations! 

The substantial benefits of our BEDS for KIDS project are that children no longer have to sleep on the floor in our communities, which improves their sleep and performance in school and improves safety, health, comfort, warmth, and quality of life for children. 

BEDS for KIDS  annually provides 3,000 + children with a bed, pillow, sheets and blanket who are in emergency or vulnerable situations who sleep on cold floors, in street clothes and in conditions that increase sickness, deprives sleep and contributes to poor performance in schools.

Importance of Sleep to help Break the Cycle of Poverty

Sleep is one of the most important activities we do to boost the quality of all aspects of our lives. However, for the thousands of children living in poverty within our community, who are sleeping without a bed, getting the proper amount of sleep is just not an option. Without enough sleep, these school-aged children experiencing poverty are put at a serious disadvantage and are unable to learn at their full potential. By giving them the ability to get a good night’s sleep they will be one step closer to completing their education and breaking the cycle of poverty.  Studies have shown that one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty is through education and the completion of high school. As well, inadequate sleep when combined with other stress factors, like poverty, can cause higher levels of behavioral problems and put these children at even more of a disadvantage. We need to give school-aged children as many tools as possible to complete and succeed in their education. One of these tools is a bed.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.

Here are some facts about the importance of sleep as well as information about the effects of poverty on children and their education:

  • 4 in every 10 children in Oregon is living in poverty (2018 Statistics – http://www.nccp.org/profiles/OR_profile_6.html)
  • 44% of Children in Oregon are living in low-income families 
  • Every 9 seconds during the school year, a public high school student drops out of school
  • Children under age 12 need at least 10 hours of sleep a night
  • Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
  • Children suffering from sleep deprivation tend to be more hyperactive and experience ADHD-like symptoms

Education has been shown to be the best way to break the cycle of poverty. Getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for a child to perform well at school and give them the tools to succeed!

 

The substantial benefits of our BEDS for KIDS project are that children no longer have to sleep on the floor in our communities, which improves their sleep and performance in school and improves safety, health, comfort, warmth, and quality of life for children. Our Feeding Our Future project provides individuals with healthy food boxes filled with locally grown fruit and vegetables, locally breads,  and provides families with a dining table and chairs. The benefits of this project are improved family conversation and achievement at school or work, wholesome meals, and family stability. Furniture for Individuals in Crisis increases comfort and safety in homes, increases wellness, independence, physical and mental health by providing individuals in need with the basic furniture and household items to improve their quality of life.

In FY 17/18 Furniture Share distributed 26,103 quality used furniture items to 4,983 individuals of which 3.070 where children and 1,896 of those children received a bed and diverted 652.57 tons from the landfill.