Changing Lives is the theme of the ambitious end-of-year campaign that New Life Furniture Bank of MA launched today. The campaign was kicked-off with the release of a series of clever and creative videos starring two “talking tables”, named Brenda and Eddie, who invite viewers to consider how donating funds, furniture and/or home furnishings to New Life can change lives for everyone - clients, donors and volunteers alike. The video series can be seen on the New Life website www.newlifefb.org or on Facebook or Instagram at New Life Furniture Bank of MA.
The Campaign was launched on November 15th with the goal of raising $50,000 by December 31st. The funds will go toward New Life’s growth, including: paying the monthly rent for an additional 1500 square feet of warehouse space, funding two part-time truck drivers/movers to pick up furniture on weekdays as well as on Saturdays, and purchasing both additional mattresses at below-wholesale price and building supplies for kitchen table construction.
“These are exciting times at New Life,” said Ron Yates, Co-Founder of New Life. “We’re growing quickly and becoming an important contributor in the battle against homelessness. One of New Life’s goals is to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has a bed to sleep in and that every family has a kitchen table they can eat around. We’re really looking for community support in our Changing Lives Campaign so that we can bring that dream to every family.” (Please see below the information on how to contribute to the Changing Lives Campaign.)
Over its four-year lifetime New Life has grown quickly and gained a reputation across not just the MetroWest area but across eastern Massachusetts as a reliable furniture bank that provides those in need with quality, gently-used home furnishings and compassionate support from caring volunteers.
“In 2014, New Life’s first year of operation, we served 100 clients,” said Yates, “and this past year, in 2016, we served 463. Our trajectory for growth in the coming years is on the same steep slope. We have a lot of work to do if we’re going to continue growing and meeting our clients’ future needs.”
New Life is focused on three primary areas to sustain their dramatic expansion: launching the Changing Lives Campaign, developing a continuous donation stream of home furnishings, and continuing to recruit dedicated volunteers.
The past few months have been busy ones at New Life. Besides working on the campaign and its launch, volunteers worked on aspects surrounding New Life’s recent name modification. “We have a new logo, an updated website, a new Facebook page and a new Instagram account,” said Doug Marshall, Co-founder of New Life. “We felt the name modification was important. We wanted our name to be crystal clear when asking for help; we want donors, volunteers and clients to know exactly what we’re about, and ‘New Life Furniture Bank of MA’ says it all.”
New Life is extremely grateful to its volunteers, donors, and supporters. Those interested in volunteering with New Life Furniture Bank of MA or donating home furnishings can go to their new website, www.newlifefb.org for more information. Financial contributions may be made online, on the website, or by check payable to New Life Furniture Bank of MA, sent to P.O. Box 573, Medfield, MA 02052.