“Furniture Bank Association” announcement

It’s hard to believe that three months have passed since many of us gathered in Minneapolis. It was a great exchange of best practices and common barriers, and it demonstrated the tremendous potential of furniture banks coming together to share information.
It is in this spirit that we are excited to announce that we’re advancing the organization to form the “Furniture Bank Association of North America” (FBANA), or in daily usage simply the “Furniture Bank Association.” While our mission remains the same, the new organization will encourage more frequent communication among members, will expand the resources and best practices information available, and takes on a name that clearly defines our service area and allows us to better engage our neighbors in Canada, demonstrating that the scope of our mission and vision extend beyond the borders of a single country.
We will continue to focus on building the capacity and capability of furniture banks to serve their communities, and encourage and guide more cities to establish furniture banks for the benefit of their residents and their environment. We will also look to connect regional- or national- scope furniture donors and cross-border donors with all member furniture banks in the U.S. and Canada that they have the potential to benefit.
We hope you’ve got your calendar marked for our next conference, which is scheduled for March 2013 in Columbus, Ohio and will be hosted by the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Furniture Bank Association if we can be of any assistance to your organization. We all run into situations that are unique. Please know that the members of the leadership team are more than happy to listen, guide and help to the best of our abilities. You can reach us toll-free at 1-800-373-2835 (currently answered by the staff of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio), or on the internet at  www.furniturebanks.org  or at  www.fbana.org.
We look forward to working with you in the coming months and years … so that no child or adult will have to sleep on the floor.