Most of our international students arrive to unfurnished apartments. It is neither economical nor environmentally friendly to buy new furniture for a few months or years and then dispose of it. Furniture in good condition for basic functions like sleeping, studying, or storing are in high demand.
Small desks,tables, chairs, beds, dressers, and lamps.
Appliances like microwaves & vacuum cleaners.
Sofas, easy chairs, recliners only if they are small, light-weight and still in good condition.
Dishes, silverware, kitchen utensils, ironing boards, and mirrors.
Bedding materials, towels, pillows etc are seldom taken.
Hide-a-beds/Sleeper Sofas are very heavy and difficult to haul.
Mike vonS keeps a list of these and will try to match the donor with a student, so they can be delivered directly to the student’s apartment.
Big, heavy sofas, decorative/artsy, worn furniture, and bulbous lamps with wide shades are NOT in demand.
Children’s furniture, tube type computer CRT monitors and TVs are NOT wanted. Stoves, fridges, washers, and other ‘white goods’ are NOT needed.
You can bring your donation to the garage behind the Dale Heights Presbyterian Church, 5501 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705. Enter Norman Way between the Church and the BP gas station, then go past the mailbox # 5501.
The best time to deliver donations is at our Furniture Program Open Houses: the first Saturday of each month from 11:30-12:30 AM, EXCEPT during December, January, June and July. We are also open the last 2 Saturdays of August and the first Saturday in September, 9-12:30 AM. Outside of these hours, this location is not attended. If rain or snow is not expected, you may leave your items in front of the garage door and call Mike 608-620-8780, so that he can come and take the items inside, usually within 15 minutes. During inclement weather Giovanna Jeffries may be able to help, since she lives close by, 608-358-4470, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can move your donation from your car into the garage by yourself, Giovanna Jeffries may be able meet you at the garage.
We can give you a receipt for your tax deductible donation.