CORE Furniture Bank
Your Subtitle text

About CORE

Who Does CORE Serve?

CORE serves families-in-need that have either been referred via churches and Social Services Agencies, or whom have contacted CORE directly.  In either case, the need will be verified by a home visit.  These families-in-need are often trying to re-start their lives.  Examples include: victims of house fires and other disasters that are referred by the Red Cross, domestic abuse victims starting a new home, AMHA clients, working families that are near the poverty line, refugees from other countries referred by the International Institute of Akron, homeless families, felons re-entering society, evictions, recovering drug offenders, and unplanned pregnancy situations.

 Transforming a House into a Home          

Furniture transforms an apartment or a house into an environment that a family can call a “home”. The home is the hub of activity for a family. It is their retreat.

 CORE's mission is to seek donations of used furniture, and re-donate it to Families-in-Need, in Summit County, whose furniture requirements have been verified through a Home Visit performed by a Social Services Agency or a CORE Home Visit Team member.

 Led and Operated By Volunteers

In operation since 1998 and using volunteers that contribute more than 23,000 hours of effort every year, CORE Furniture Bank serves families-in-need by seeking furniture donations of more than 6,500 major furniture items from more than 1,000 donors per year, transporting these furniture items to CORE’s warehouse, and then hosting approximately 1,000 families-in-need annually to fulfill their furniture needs.   These major furniture items include mattresses, beds, dressers, sofas, upholstered chairs, end tables/coffee tables, lamps, and dinette sets.

Some of CORE’s Partners

 Access, Inc.  Summit County Children Services
 Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority  Summit County Juvenile Court
 Battered Women's Shelter  Veterans Administration
 Family Promise of Summit County
 Haven of Rest Ministries  Many Volunteers from:
 HM Life Opportunity Services    Christ Community Chapel
 H.O.P.E Ministries    Northside Church
 King's Kitchen    The St. Vincent de Paul Organizations of:
 Ohio Center for Training, Advocacy, and Support    Holy Family Church
 Open M    St. Francis Xavier Church
 Oriana House    St. Hilary's Church
 Pregnancy Care of Summit County     St. Sebastian's Church
 Springtime of Hope    St. Vincent Church