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2013 – Year In Review

February 27, 2014

Thanks to several corporate donors and many generous individuals, HopeNow FB was able to give out more than twice as many twin-size mattresses in 2013 than in 2012, (181 / 88) and more than half again as many dressers / chests of drawers. (72 / 46). Thanks to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 38 sets of bunk bed frames were donated and distributed.

Each family served by HopeNow Furniture Bank receives an average of 5 pieces of furniture along with a box or two of bedding and kitchen items. The amount of furniture and household goods given out by HNFB in 2012 was equal to approximately 12 semi-trailer loads or one semi-trailer load per month. This is furniture that is “recycled” into the local community rather than going to a landfill. Since we are open only two days a week, that means that a semi-trailer load of furniture is going to needy families about once every eight days.

in calendar 2013, both the number of donors and the number of clients increased by nearly 25%. While the amount of furniture given out in some specific catagories was down from last year, over all, the total number of pieces distributed was up 35% from the previous year. In 2012, there were 264 clients and 321 donors; in 2013, there were 321 clients and 396 donors. The number of families served per month averaged about 26.7 in 2013.

HopeNow Furniture Bank has a new Website

January 31, 2014

HopeNow WebsiteAfter several months of careful thought and collecting information and pictures, HopeNow Furniture Bank is excited to announce the launching of its new website – Knox County residents can visit the website to learn more about the mission and work in the community, find opportunities to volunteer and be involved, discover how to donate furniture to assist families in need, or understand the process for how to get free furniture in troubling times. We encourage you to check the website frequently, as news articles and stories of interest will be added periodically.

April 26 – Spring Talent Show

January 31, 2014
Our 2014 Spring Talent Show will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Memorial Theatre, 112 E High St, Mt Vernon, Ohio, 43050. We hope you will join us for the wonderful evening of fun and laughter, to support HopeNow Furniture Bank and those in need of furniture assistance in Knox County.

March 22 – Spring Talent Show Auditions

January 30, 2014

Auditions for our 2014 Spring Talent Show fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00am, at the Memorial Theatre. Those interested in auditioning for the show should schedule an audition time by calling 740-393-2355.

If you would like to audition, please note the following:

Talent:   We are looking for a wide variety of quality artistic presentations. Our goal is to create a show with a good mix of different types of talent. In an effort to put together a two-hour presentation we will invite 25 performing units. They may range from opera to country solos, contemporary to classic music, small group to large group ensembles, comedy to serious theater sketches, instrumental solos to bands, dancing to magic, juggling to yo-yoing or any special skill you may have.

Presentation:   We will be looking for specific aspects of everyone’s audition. They include, but not limited to:
    •   Craft/Skill Ability
            >   Clarity, Diction, Intonation (If applicable)
    •   Stage Presence
            >   Energy, Excitement, “Having Fun”
    •   Ability to Engage the audience
            >   Eye Contact, Facial Expression, Body Language

We hope that you seriously consider this opportunity and begin working on your specific talent or ability that can “WOW” the Knox County Community…AND support HopeNow Furniture Bank to help our Knox County neighbors in need.

HopeNow Furniture Bank has a new Logo!

January 30, 2014

HopeNow LogoedTruckWe have a new logo! A huge thank you goes to Jan Hendrickx, former chair of the Graphic Arts Department of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, who donated her time and talent to produce this logo for us. We are excited to have the image become our brand for new business cards, the imprint on our truck, letterhead stationary, signage, and promotional materials. This will help us greatly to become recognized in our community and county.

HopeNow Logo

St. Vincent’s School 8th Graders Build Tables

January 7, 2014

Mattress DonationThe 8th grade class, along with church members, at St. Vincent’s School of Mount Vernon took on as their Thanksgiving project the building of six durable tables to be donated to HopeNow Furniture Bank [HNFB]. Under the direction of Beth Robinson, their teacher, and Tom Bierley, deacon of St. Vincent’s and a member of the Knights of Columbus, adult members built the tabletops and leg supports, and the students put them together.

Mattress DonationWayne Dunlop, volunteer and board member of HNFB, spoke to the eighth grade class at the beginning of the project, telling stories of individuals and families helped, explained the mission of HNFB, how it works, and of the ongoing needs of the organization. Ms. Robinson had all but emptied the classroom of all desks and chairs prior to Mr. Dunlop’s talk to give the students a sense of what it would be like to live in a home without basic furniture. Consequently, all attending were forced to sit on the floor. Many questions revealing interest and compassion were asked.

The students helped load the HNFB truck with the tables and donated puzzles and games they had collected for the children that HNFB helps.