In 2017, a small group of local volunteers started an ad hoc effort to take in furniture donations that we then delivered to those in need in our community. In 2018 in the aftermath of Florence, we significantly expanded our efforts. As a no-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots ministry, they work cooperatively with many local organizations in Great Wilmington.
2Share is financially supported through the generosity of various local faith communities, currently including Church of the Servant, St. Paul, and St. James Episcopal churches as well as private donations. They have also received support from local retailers such as Mattress Firm and Costco.
Roughly 70% of 2Share's clients are single moms with an average family size of four. Over sixty percent of the 1400 plus people they have served thus far, are children and they average 10 new client referrals a month.
2Share operates on a client referral system. Client referrals come from organizations such as Moms N Mourning, Catholic Charities, Coastal Horizons, Child First, Help Hub, Harrelson Center, Soaring as Eagles, NHCSS, Trillium, The Sister Isaac Center, One Christian Network, First Meal, Good Shepard Center, First Fruits, RHA Health Services, Communities in Schools, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Eden Village, NC Legal Aid, local faith communities, as well as a network of school social workers.
Since October 2018, we have made 412 truck deliveries of furniture to 330 households mostly in North/East End and Southside neighborhoods of Wilmington, such as Creekwood, Villages at Greenfield, Houston Moore, Hillcrest, Jurvay and others.
2SHARE Needs List:
All items must be clean and in good working order.
Living rooms: sofas; living room chairs, mechanical recliners (not electric), coffee tables, end tables (no glass tops), floor and table lamps; small area rugs up to and including 7X9; We do not take sofa beds, china cabinets, hutches, low boy tables, accent pieces, most desks, filing cabinets.
Kitchen: standard size kitchen tables and chairs; small dining rooms tables and chairs; pots and pans (no scratches on Teflon surfaces), utensils, dishes, flatware, tumblers & water glasses; microwave ovens, toaster ovens, electric toasters, blenders; We do not take major appliances.
Bedrooms: dressers, small armoires, nightstands, bedding new or very gently used; towels; mattresses, if they pass our inspection; we will accept box springs to the same inspection standard as mattresses but only if we are taking the mattress. We do not as a rule take headboards or footboards.
While these are the major items we accept, there are often exceptions and special needs, so it is always best to contact us and ask. We reserve the right of refusal at the time of pickup.
We are an all-volunteer ministry so the more lead time we have, to pick up a donation, the better.
Points of contact:
- Don Arabian - 703-220-0762 - [email protected]