Over a dozen members of the Bristol Democratic Town Committee and friends spent a recent Saturday morning at “For Goodness Sake”, the Bristol-based nonprofit at 273 Riverside Avenue that provides household goods to needy families and individuals who are moving into unfurnished apartments.
The volunteers spent the morning stocking the shelves with recently donated items, helping clients with their selections, and also delivering the items to their homes.
As the clients (who were screened by local social service partner agencies) started to arrive, small teams of other volunteers followed them around as they filled boxes with selected table settings, cookware, towels, and small appliances. Other volunteers carried sofas, dressers, dining room tables, and other pieces of furniture chosen by the clients out to the loading dock and on into the awaiting delivery van.
Tina Taylor, assisted by her son Noah, was checking table lamps and vacuum cleaners to make sure they were operational. “This is a great way to spend a few hours, helping others. It’s an amazing organization,” she said. Behind her were sets of bed frames and brand-new mattresses – state law forbids the sale of used mattresses, so new mattresses are generously donated by Connecticut Mattress each quarter.
“Since we are 100% volunteer driven, we love it when a club or organization like the Bristol Democrats signs up to come in as a group. It’s fun for the members, and we really appreciate the help,” stated Kendra Morales, executive director of the organization.
For Goodness Sake accepts gently used furniture and household goods from the community and distributes them to people in need, serving families and individuals in Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Harwinton, New Britain, Plainville, Plantsville, Plymouth, Southington, West Hartford, and Wolcott.
“For Goodness Sake” clients include victims of domestic violence who are coming out of shelters, people moving into their first apartment from being on the streets, homeless veterans, and people that are homeless and in need of support for a variety of other reasons.
To learn more about how to donate or volunteer at For Goodness Sake, visit their website at www.forgoodnessake.org.