Our mission is to help vulnerable populations improve the quality of their lives and become self-sufficient
by providing them with basic household furnishings.
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 22,000 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.
On average, 60 families visit Community Warehouse every week to pick out the household items they need. .
Community Warehouse partners with more than 180 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 $997,000 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 19 people (both salaried and hourly), most of which are long-term employees. The Warehouse also relies on 132 regular active volunteers who support enterprise and program operations every week in staff-relieving positions.Community Warehouse Staff, February 2013
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 three successful for-profit enterprises: The Estate Stores (present at both the Portland and Tualatin locations) and On-Line Sales. These unique enterprises generated $335,000 in 2013, 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.
Community Warehouse is highly innovative and growth-oriented, having successfully completed one capital campaign, established two solvent storefronts, a second warehouse location and a new program arm in medical equipment all within the last 5 years. 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.