Creating Homes. Rebuilding Lives.
Furniture Friends gives donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland
We find our clients living in apartments with no beds, no tables, no chairs, and/or no place to store the few possessions they do own. We provide people who have next to nothing with a bit of stability, comfort and a sense of ownership.
- The recently homeless,
- New immigrants,
- People escaping domestic violence and abuse,
- People with chronic illnesses or disabilities,
- Veterans, and
- People who have simply fallen upon very hard times.
View the video below to see for yourself.
Where do we get the furniture? We pick up furniture that is free of stains and rips, from corporations, businesses and private citizens like you. Furniture donors in outer Portland, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth, can begin scheduling a drop off time or a pick up by clicking the DONATE FURNITURE tab above. We do not accept furniture from inner city Portland.
What types of furniture do we accept? We will visually inspect all donations before accepting and reserve the right to reject any item.
Items We Accept: We focus on essential furniture Items, namely beds, dining room tables and chairs, living room seating and tables, dressers and nearly new cribs and other baby furniture.
Items We Do Not Accept: We do not accept any item that is slip covered, pet damaged, stained, soiled, full of pet hair, ripped, broken or has any trace of bedbugs. Among the other items we do not accept are used sofa beds, futons, rugs, press board furniture pieces, entertainment centers, armoires, TV’s, appliances, bedding, older cribs, queen or king-sized beds, benches, outdoor furniture, silverware, bake-ware, curtains, curtain hardware.
Who is eligible to receive furniture? We partner with local social service providers to identify individuals and families in need within the Greater Portland area, which extends to Scarborough, South Portland, Gorham and Falmouth. Providers can begin referring their clients by clicking the REFERRALS tab above. Do not register yourself to receive furniture.
How do the clients get their furniture? They pick it up at our warehouse. The case manager will still need to register the client on this website and then operations personnel will contact your client to set up an assessment appointment. After that the client and/or their case manager will call staff to set up an appointment for pick up.
How do you Volunteer? Turning bare living spaces into “homes” can be a very rewarding experience, so to learn more about volunteering, click the VOLUNTEER tab above and if you know you want to help us, then click SIGN UP on the pull down menu at the VOLUNTEER tab above. We need volunteer drivers!
How are we Funded? We are a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and all of our funding comes from grants and community donations. Your tax-deductible contribution will help fund our part-time staff member, equipment, truck maintenance, and gasoline. A donation is not followed by a barrage of appeals nor is it wasted on huge administrative costs. A donation will go almost fully and directly to getting furniture to people in need. We can now accept your gift of stocks and securities! Furniture Friends welcomes gifts of stocks and securities. For more information about making such a donation, please contact us by following the “contact us” tab at the top of this page. Generously Donate Today! So please take a moment to click on the SUPPORT PayPal tab above or send a check to:
PO Box 7894,
Portland ME 04112
Note: Furniture Friends Portland was previously known as The Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center, The Furniture Center and The Furniture Bank.
Thanks to our Business Partner, Liberty Bell Moving and Storage and Liberty Bell Furniture Repair and Upholstery, for providing us with up to 16 hours of their services a month to help us deliver furniture essentials to people in need.