When sponsorship groups agree to sponsor a family they take on the task of gathering all the necessary furniture and household items that are needed by this family. It can be a daunting and time consuming task contacting friends, family, neighbours and the public for donations. The more that is donated, the more funds will be left over for rent, food, and other daily sundries.
Each group has to come up with an inventory list and must start searching. Storage becomes an issue as donations pour in. Before you know it you have too much stuff. With so many groups needing items it is important that everyone be able to benefit from the generosity of others, so sharing information about what you need and what you have to give to other groups becomes another aspect that can be quite daunting. It is with that in mind that a few volunteers have come together to simplify the process, and share resources.
- STORAGE: a generous family has donated the use of their clean dry large garage/barn for the constituency groups to store the furniturethat they are going to use for their refugee family. This is meant to be a back up storage when no other storage can be found, as space is limited. We have a volunteer who has agreed to coordinate access for drop off and pick up . Please contact: Inkinddonationsforrefugees@gmail.com for more information.
- HOUSEHOLD ITEM SHARING: In order to facilitate communication amongst the groups a very generous web developer has donated his time and efforts to create a secure spreadsheet for the donation coordinator of each group to access so that they can share what furniture they still need and what they have extra. Now you can check at a glance who has what you want and you can contact them directly. The In Kind Donations for Refugees team will also advertise their contents on this site.
If you would like to register for this please go to Refugeesforvi.wordpress.com and click on Trading Post.
- HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE DEPOT: The general public are currently being generous with their donations of furniture and household items. In order to accept these donations before the groups are ready to look for items, a furniture depot has been developing . Please forward the name & contact information of any donor offering items that your constituency group does not require to Inkinddonationsforrefugees@gmail.com. We will follow-up with said donor and make arrangements for the offered items to be advertised on the Trading Post and stored for another groups use.
- HOUSEHOLD ITEMS DEPOT: We are also gathering the above mentioned household items, sorting them, and are developing a system to offer them to constituency groups. The goal is to avoid spending money to purchase anything. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any items to donate or to access the pool.
We would like to thank the Shawn DeWolfe for his efforts developing the Trading Post, the Love family and Milne family for their generous donation of storage space, The Kiwanis Manor for their donations in kind, and the dozens of families from the general public who went through their households and donated goods and furniture.
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