Simply Sharing Fund

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A kitchen table and chairs; beds and sheets; pots, pans and dishes – these are basic household goods many of us take for granted. Yet for individuals and families who have been homeless, these basic necessities are, indeed, luxuries.

SimplySharingLOGOwithtag-NEW-06.2014Simply Sharing’s mission is to provide basic furniture and household goods to individuals and families transitioning from homelessness to sustainable and supportive housing. Simply Sharing works in collaboration with state agencies and Columbus House to identify individuals and families in need. These household items are donated by individuals and businesses. Simply Sharing also receives monetary contributions which help with the purchase of items for the families they serve.

“When someone first moves out of a shelter, the money they’re earning usually doesn’t go very far, and many can’t afford furnishings.”

Alison Brinkmann, president and founder of Simply Sharing, began her organization to bring these everyday basics to those who are moving from transitional housing and shelters to permanent housing. She is “simply sharing” the treasures of others to help people get a start at building a home.

As Simply Sharing worked to establish itself, the organization turned to the Community Foundation for advice and assistance. The Community Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor for the organization as it grows, strengthens, and expands its operations. The Community Foundation provides Simply Sharing knowledge, oversight and administrative resources so Alison and her organization can focus on the real need – the people and the things that make a place into a home.