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Read the 2017 HNFB Community Impact Report

October 12, 2018
The 2017 HopeNow Furniture Bank Community Impact Report is now available.
Download the report as a PDF.

In 2017, 215 families were served, including 337 adults and 278 children. Each household was provided with an average of 7.5 pieces of furniture and 2 large boxes/bags of household items. 54% of households included a disabled member, 5 of whom were veterans. 20% of households had a senior member over 65. The average monthly household income was $848. Furniture represented a volume equal to 17 semi-trailer truck loads.

Also in 2017, HNFB received over $12,000 in contributions, the highest ever, as a result of our annual fundraising appeal letter. We also funded a new paid executive director position through grants from Ariel Foundation, the Community Foundation, the Burgett Family Foundation and the Arlene & Richard Landers Foundation, and we created two crew positions to pickup furniture donations, paid for by furniture pickup fees, and a new volunteer office manager position. We purchased two new laptops with funds from the Harcourt Parish grant, and we streamlined our website for easier editing and created an online form for donations via PayPal.

In addition, HNFB purchased a newer box truck with lift gate with grant funds from the Community Foundation and installed a dust collection system in our wood-shop with grant funds from Ariel Foundation. We have also reorganized our warehouse for better efficiency in managing furniture inventory. Volunteers built dozens of bed platforms of various sizes and tables for clients when inventory was low, and they made hundreds of wooden toys from scraps to sell at community festivals to help cover wood-shop expenses.

Churches and local agency-based organizations in Knox County referred 40 low-income families to HNFB for furniture assistance in 2017, totaling 20% of all families helped by HNFB. HNFB partnered with agency-based organizations including Behavior Health Partners, Interchurch Social Services of Knox Co., Children’s Services, Job & Family Services, New Directions Women’s Shelter, American Red Cross of Knox Co., Knox County Veterans Services, Area on Aging, Midwest Innovations, and local churches.

Thank You!

The mission of HopeNow Furniture Bank was generously supported in 2017 by financial donations from numerous individuals, businesses, churches, and service organizations. This support was critical in maintaining our Services.

Major financial contributors included: Ariel Corporation & Ariel Foundation; Arlene & Richard Landers Foundation; Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox Coounty; Elks of Mount Vernon #140; Faith Lutheran Church; First Congregational United Church of Christ; Fraternal Order of Eagles #760; Gay Street United Methodist Church; Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church; Mulberry United Methodist Church; Soroptimists of Mount Vernon & Knox County.

HopeNow Furniture Bank relies on in-kind donations to provide free furniture and household goods to Knox County families who cannot afford to furnish their homes. In 2017 we received donated furniture from 498 donors. We offer a pick-up service for those donors who cannot drop off their donations at our warehouse. Pickups are done on Saturdays for a nominal fee of $20. To schedule a furniture pickup, donors can complete a pickup request form online or call HNFB at (740) 358-2998 and leave a message. Furniture can be dropped off at our warehouse located at 1025 South Main Street in Mount Vernon during warehouse hours (Tuesday 1-3:30 and Thursday 10-12:30).

Major in-kind contributors included: Brenneman Lumber Co. (provided lumber); Connell’s Home Furnishings; Johnny’s Mattress; Mindy’s Ohio Mattress; Mount Vernon Nazarene University; Templed Hills Campground.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of HopeNow Furniture Bank. HNFB’s operation is run by a small group of approximately three dozen dedicated volunteers who provided more than 12,000 hours of service in 2017. Find out more about joining us in our mission.