Furniture Program

IMG_9472 (1)The Furniture Program helps provide used furniture to international students and scholars who have just arrived in Madison.

What? Donated and used furniture are collected by the program and distributed to international students and visitors at Madison colleges.  Furniture is first come, first served.  It CANNOT be reserved. MFIS will try to arrange furniture delivery to international students, scholars, and families, however, this service cannot be guaranteed.

To submit your request please complete this Student Furniture Registration Form.

When? Open Houses are held the first Saturday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., except for June, July, December and January. During Open Houses the MFIS volunteers will help students on a first come-first service basis without appointments, which means no phone calls or emails – just come at the times below to 5501 University Ave.

The dates for 2019 are:
   Saturday, August 3 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
   Saturday, August 17 – 9: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Tuesday, August  20 – 9: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Thursday, August 22 – 9: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Saturday, August 24 – 9: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Tuesday, August 27 – 9: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   Saturday, September 7 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
   Saturday, October 5 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
   Saturday, November 2 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


But if you just arrived and are NEW to Madison AND your apartment is ready to move in AND is empty, call one of the following volunteers for quick help:

Mike vonS,  608-620-8780,

Bill Niedermeier, 608-843-0410,

Giovanna Jeffries, 608-358-4470,

and set up an appointment; so you do not need to wait for an Open House. 

Where? In a storage garage behind the Dale Heights Presbyterian Church at 5501 University Avenue in Madison.  Walk west on Norman Way for about 100 meters/300 feet just past the church, and look for the mailbox 5501. See a map for the location of the Furniture Storage Place.

Madison Metro Bus Route:
Monday – Friday: Middleton Routes 70, 71, 72, 74 [Norman Way Stop]; Saturday/Sunday: Route 8 [Norman Way Stop], one bus per hour.

Delivery? The student renter is responsible for transporting the furniture, but MFIS will try to arrange delivery to Madison addresses for $10 – $15 per trip.donate-now_red

For more information on what you can donate, where and when to donate it, and how to get a receipt- click here.

  Please contact  This is also the email to use if you’re interested in volunteering with this program.
What if I cannot find what I need?  If MFIS does not have what you are looking for, please try the following thrift/second-hand stores in the Madison area: