Regular readers know I've written about Furniture Sharehouse before. It's our local furniture bank, where basic, average unwanted furniture is collected, then redistributed to clients of about 40 different agencies, free. Donors reclaim space in their home while getting a receipt for their taxes, and perfectly usable furniture stays out of landfills.
Clients include individuals and families transitioning out of shelters; seniors and vets; foster kids who age-out of the system and fire/flood victims. To date, nearly 2,500 Westchester County families in need have received free furniture through the efforts of Furniture Sharehouse founder and Executive Director Kate Bialo.
Kate is now one of 10 National Finalists in the L'Oreal Women of Worth 2012
event, which has already won her a $10,000 grant for Furniture Sharehouse. But
now there is a bigger prize at stake, and she needs online votes. Lots of them.
Whichever candidate gets more votes between now and Nov. 21 will win an
additional $25,000 for their cause.
Here is the link. You can vote once a day, every day, between now and Nov. 21. PLEASE:
- Make it a favorite, and vote everyday
- Share it with family, friends, colleagues
- Like and share on Facebook, and ask the same of your friends
The timing of this event is especially fortuitous, as many in our area are
just starting to pick up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy; the need is certain to
escalate in the weeks to come.
Sandy has brought many of us to our knees the last week, in more ways
than one. The 15-20 seconds it might take to vote each day could help make a world of difference to a neighbor. Thanks in advance, and stay tuned; I'll keep you posted