DIG Furniture Bank seeks donations for moving truck | New
Mifflinburg-based furniture bank DIG caters to the needs of valley families looking for second-hand furniture and housewares at no cost, but now the nonprofit is reaching out to the public with a need of its own: a moving truck.
DIG launched a community campaign to raise $ 15,000 to purchase a moving truck. Community Giving Foundation: Sunbury provided $ 2,500 in seed money to launch the campaign.
More than 130 Valley families across Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties have received furniture since DIG began operating in May 2020. The organization performs an average of five referrals per week from other local nonprofits. and social service partners helping people move to new housing amid crises such as homelessness, incarceration and domestic violence.
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Volunteers run DIG. They donate time and effort to solicit donations, maintain the nonprofit’s warehouse in downtown Mifflinburg, and deliver household items with their own vans and trailers. A pick-up service is available, but most beneficiaries do not have access to a vehicle to collect donated furniture on their own.
The collective kindness and generosity of local donors continues to impress, said Emily Gorski, founder of DIG. She found out that the need for such a charity is much greater than expected and therefore a moving truck is urgently needed.
âA closed moving truck will help us increase our deliveries from about twice a week to almost every day. This will help us significantly minimize our growing waiting list, especially as the harsh winter months set in, âsaid Gorski.
Gabby Herman, logistics coordinator for DIG, said the waiting list stood at 25 families. Customers wait an average of 35 days for delivery in the past five months. This does not take into account the additional waiting time in cases where deliveries extend beyond a single trip.
âOften we have the items they requested, but we are not able to fit the furniture of an entire apartment into a van. A moving truck would allow us to meet the needs of our customers in one trip, as well as systematically reduce the time families spend on our waiting list, âsaid Herman.
For its moving truck campaign, DIG is accepting donations through the nonprofit website, www.digfb.org. Checks can be made payable to DIG Furniture Bank and mailed to 368 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
Local businesses can opt for a long term marketing opportunity with a giveaway of $ 1,000 or more for permanent logo placement on the back of the moving truck.
For more information on the fundraising campaign, contact Gorski at [email protected] Find DIG on Facebook and Instagram: @digfurniturebank.