Sep 28, 2011

Beds for Kids Heading Back to School

Beds for Kids recipient
Beds for Kids recipient

Dear GlobalGiving supporters of the Beds for Kids campaign,

We have great news! For the last several months, the Warehouse has been fully stocked with twin and double mattresses, and we have completely eliminated our waiting list for children’s beds. This is a complete turnaround from past years where wait lists for twin and double beds were long, and we were sometimes only able to provide one bed for a family with multiple children. August and September have typically been some of our busiest months as case managers work to get families into new homes before the school year starts, so success at this time is particularly significant.

We are thrilled to be seeing the results of our efforts to build a consistent supply for our top requested item. This success has been achieved through expanded donation collection truck routes alongside community outreach about the need for donated beds. Your contributions have been critical in funding these efforts to ensure that all the families with children who access our services are able to receive a bed for each child.

The problem of children in our community who are sleeping on the floor, on couches or with family members is still present, but with your help we are truly having an impact. We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate this success with you. You’ve helped us to make a huge difference in the lives of so many children and families.

As we come up on the busy holiday season, we need a fresh push to ensure we are able to continue operating without a wait list, getting beds and bedding for all the children in the families who come to the Warehouse. You can help us get families “home for the holidays” by spreading the word to your friends, family and colleagues. The GlobalGiving Bonus Day on October 19th is a great way to make your gift go even further.

We heard recently from a supporter who provided one of these donated “beds for kids”:

You all do such good work and more folks need to know how to help "the cause" and that the Warehouse is there to help us when we need it.  I feel confident that a bunk bed with mattresses and box springs that we donated a couple years ago went to children needing comfy, safe, restful sleep.

-Ronna

All of this is made possible through your generous support and friendship. Thank you!

p.s. If you're in the Portland, OR metro area, we have numerous fun events coming up this fall and we would love the chance to meet you and say thank you in person. 

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Jun 29, 2011

Beds for Kids Project Update June 2011

Girl with her new blanket from the Warehouse
Girl with her new blanket from the Warehouse

I’d like to share a story with you about a child that recently came to Community Warehouse with his family. After helping to select basic items for their new apartment, we heard this young boy say, “Now I don’t feel so poor.” His experience is a powerful example of how the Warehouse is providing so much more than beds: we are truly changing lives. Community Warehouse is able to make a difference for these families because of donors like you and all of our Global Giving Beds for Kids supporters. Thank you!

Since the beginning of 2011 through May 31st, we have collected and distributed 320 twin and double beds with mattress, box spring, sheets, blankets and pillows to families with young children. Some of our busiest months are in late summer and early fall, as our partner agency case managers work to get families into the Warehouse before school starts. We are gearing up for this period by trying to collect as many children’s beds as possible. Last year, we were able to clear the wait list for families requesting a twin and double beds during every month except for August and September. This summer our goal is to ensure that all the children who visit the Warehouse head back to school in the fall with the improved health and self-esteem provided by a bed of his or her own.

We continue to focus on getting the word out about the need for donated beds for families with children. Our annual CHAIR AFFAIR event in April was a huge success and an opportunity for over 400 guests to learn more about our needs including hearing directly from a client who benefited from our services. In May, we launched a new radio campaign to raise awareness and have already seen an increase in people delivering their items to the Warehouse as well as requests for donation pick-up. Thanks to our expanded truck route schedule, we are able to keep wait times under two weeks, although there are still limits on our capacity to collect donations. Our next big step is expanding our Westside location into a larger space for both donation collection and client services. We have identified a great location and are close to finalizing the details!

Can you help us spread the word about Community Warehouse to friends, family and neighbors in the Portland metro area who may be moving, downsizing or remodeling and let them know that a bed for a child is our top requested item from families? We are particularly low right now on twin sheet sets. Our Facebook page is also a great place to direct potential supporters and includes some videos of the Warehouse. Thank you again for all your support.

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Mar 2, 2011

Beds for Kids Project Update March 2011

Community Warehouse recipients
Community Warehouse recipients

Beds for Kids Project Update

Since launching our Beds for Kids project on GlobalGiving in late November, 2010 we have raised $775. That's enough to provide beds for 19 children. Thanks to everyone for your support so far!

One of the primary challenges of providing donated mattresses, box springs, sheets, blankets, and pillows to low-income families with children is the supply of these items at Community Warehouse. In 2010, we expanded our in-kind donation collection efforts significantly.

  • More Beds Collected - Starting March 2nd, 2010 we added 15 more hours of donation pick-up service each week, with additional routes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The extra hours of pick-up time have allowed us to respond faster to donation offers. The impact on our supply of beds has been significant.
  • New Donation Drop-off Site – Community Warehouse opened a new donation drop-off location in the West Slope neighborhood in southwest Portland on August 1st. We have already benefited from an increased supply of mattresses and other needed program items, with an average of 12 beds collected on-site each week thus far.
  • More Beds Distributed – Between January 1st and December 1st, we distributed 1095 twin and full mattress sets to families with young children.
  • Wait List Reduction – In every month except August and September we were able to clear the wait list of families that requested a bed for their children. Comparatively, in 2009 there was a wait list to receive a bed every month of the year. Meeting the high volume of requests in the middle of August through September, as families prepare for back to school, is a priority going forward into 2011.

The Beds for Kids Project Next Steps

With 2010's experience in mind, we are preparing to enter our third year of the Beds for Kids project in 2011. We are going to focus on matching challenge grants and a strong push for private donor funds to match support from foundations, charitable giving organizations, and businesses.

With our new Westside donation site continuing to grow weekly and the additional hours of donation pick-up service, 2011 promises to be the best year to date for the Beds for Kids project. Our goal for 2011 will be to collect and distribute 1,250 beds, clear the wait list each month of the year, and raise $50,000 to support our efforts.

We are looking into options to expand our Westside operations from our current small donation drop-off center to a full warehouse location offering client services, hopefully in the Beaverton area. Do you have any suggestions for us on low-cost spaces or funding that will help us scale up our second Community Warehouse location? We also appreciate any thoughts on how we can get the word out about the need for twin and double beds and bedding for families with children. 

As the Beds for Kids project moves forward and continues to grow in 2011 we would once again like to thank all our GlobalGiving and Nike WE Giving donors for your generous support. You are valued partners in our efforts to provide low-income individuals and families with basic furniture and household items. 

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