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As an extension of their partnership, Awtry has joined the Board of Directors of Chicago Furniture Bank. “I’m proud to work with this innovative and much-needed nonprofit and look forward to furthering its mission of providing furniture and household items for people in need,” says Awtry. “While many furniture banks exist, we have yet to have one in Chicago. I’m glad that I’m part of the team changing that and look forward to watching this nonprofit thrive as it serves thousands of people striving to start a new life in a new home."
The Chicago Furniture Bank will initially provide gently used products to women and children facing domestic violence. They’ve already secured partnerships with three nonprofits in Chicago—Housing Opportunities for Women, Family Rescue, and A Safe Haven Foundation—which annually transition more than 2,000 individuals into new homes.
Griffin Amdur, James McPhail, and Andrew Witherspoon for Chicago Furniture Bank: McPhail, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and Wharton School, and Wharton seniors Amdur and Witherspoon will launch a nonprofit furniture bank in Chicago. Working with Caring Transitions, a national senior relocation, downsizing, and estate sales company, Amdur, McPhail, and Witherspoon will collect gently used furniture from the elderly and give those donations to vulnerable populations, including women and children facing domestic violence, recovering addicts and the formerly homeless. Their project will be the first furniture bank in the Chicago metropolitan area. Amdur, McPhail, and Witherspoon are being mentored by Tyler Wry, assistant professor of Management.