About Us

Mission

Our mission is to help vulnerable populations improve the quality of their lives and become self-sufficient
by providing them with basic household furnishings.

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Community Warehouse has been collecting and distributing donated furniture and household items since 2001. Founded by Roz Babener, who continues to serve as the Board President, Community Warehouse is the only full-service furniture bank in the Portland metro area. In the last three years alone, Community Warehouse has provided essential furniture and household items to more than 17,000 low-income people. After visiting Community Warehouse, recipients have enough furniture, beds, kitchen items, and linens to create a safe and stable home and allow them to devote their time and resources to meeting other needs such as employment assistance, health care, or food.

banner1On average, 60 families visit Community Warehouse every week to pick out the household items they need.
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Community Warehouse partners with more than 158 community organizations to act as a safety net for residents in need. Partners include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Beaverton, and Washington County as well as non-profit organizations like the Red Cross, JOIN, Central City Concern, Bienestar, Adelante Mujeres, and Community Partners for Affordable Housing. Many small organizations including churches and schools also partner to help the families in transition that come through their doors.

Today, Community Warehouse has an annual operating budget of $903,746 with well-balanced revenue from enterprise (33%), fundraising (41%) and program fees (26%). It has a highly engaged board of directors including 13 well-established business and community leaders and a developing Advisory Board of three.

Community Warehouse has a paid staff comprised of 25 people (both salaried and hourly), most of which are long-term employees. CW also relies on about ten in-house volunteers who support enterprise and program operations every week in staff-relieving positions.

staffCommunity Warehouse Staff, February 2013
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Community Warehouse raises philanthropic funds through grant writing, direct mail appeals, an annual dinner auction, a monthly giving program and a holiday giving drive.

Community Warehouse supplements its fundraising revenue with four successful for-profit enterprises: The Garage Sale Store, Estate Store East, Estate Store West and On-Line Sales. Largely staffed by volunteers, these four unique enterprises generated $296,441 in 2012, off-setting nearly one-third of the organization’s operational expenses and providing several powerful opportunities to interest and engage local residents and online enthusiasts in the Warehouse.

storesStorefront Signage, Eastside Community Warehouse in Portland.
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Community Warehouse is highly innovative and growth-oriented, having successfully completed one capital campaign, established three solvent storefronts, a second warehouse location and a new program arm in medical equipment all within the last 5 years.  Led by a visionary and capable Executive Director who has been involved from the beginning, Community Warehouse serves a compelling and growing need with powerful, measurable and multi-faceted results. This is an organization that is beginning to experience a significant arc of growth and influence.

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