There’s never been a year like 2020 to appreciate the privilege and importance of having a home. It serves not only as a place to physically stay safe, dry, and comfortable, but also as a psychological sanctuary from everything that’s going on in the world.
Families and individuals in Orlando who are suffering from personal tragedies that range from domestic abuse, transitioning from homelessness, returning veterans, medical hardships and more, are less likely to recover without a stable home.
It’s also been shown that the longer children experience homelessness or live without enough basic home necessities, the higher the likelihood that the long-term effects of childhood poverty will drastically lower their chances of achieving success as an adult.
However, amidst the pandemic and trepidation in the news, here’s how your furniture donations in Orlando to organizations that put the community and sustaining the environment first can help prove that even apart, simple actions can lift us up together.
LoadUp’s Furniture Donation Pick Up in Orlando:
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Why LoadUp Donates to the Orlando Community
LoadUp is a leading on-demand junk removal company that envisions that by donating furniture picked up in Orlando to charitable organizations, instead of experiencing sleepless nights and stressful days, these individuals may regain dignity, self-esteem, and recover from personal tragedy.
It is our hope that by owning the basic necessities to make their house a home, it’s one less obstacle keeping them from regaining control of their today and their tomorrow.
The Florida homeless population by the numbers
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on a single night in January 2019, nearly half of all homeless in the country were in three states: California (27% or 151,278 people), New York (16% or 92,091 people), and Florida (5% or 28,328 people).
While that is a sobering fact, it isn’t all bad news for the Sunshine State:
- Between 2007 and 2019, the largest absolute decrease in homelessness in the nation was in Florida with 19,741 fewer homeless people, 53% of whom were families with children!
- Between 2018 and 2019, the largest absolute decrease in homelessness in the nation was also in Florida with 2,702 fewer homeless people.
Seeing this continued positive trend for Florida is encouraging but there is still a lot of work to do as a community. HUD reports that Florida’s total population of homeless individuals was at 28,328 in 2019, and here is how that is broken down:
- 7,063 with children
- 1,450 unaccompanied homeless youth
- 5,181 chronically homeless individuals
Government leaders credit the decrease in the homeless population to the “housing first” philosophy that puts people into homes as early as possible and then addressing their physical and psychological needs.
However, when an individual or family finally acquires permanent housing, more often than not, they don’t have the means to purchase couches, beds, sheets, dining tables, dishes and more for a very long time and are left to eat and sleep on the floor every day.
📍 Orlando: The single-day count on January 2019, in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, totaled 2,010 homeless people living in shelters, cars, the woods, and on the streets.
How LoadUp is helping with furniture donations
In order to reach as many people in Orlando and the rest of the state as we can, LoadUp utilizes reverse logistics to partner with The Mustard Seed of Central Florida in Orlando and donates the resources necessary for families and individuals to build a stable life.
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida
Established in 1984 by the dedication of Carol Kane, The Mustard Seed of Central Florida’s mission is to help rebuild the lives of those who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings and clothing while being environmentally responsible.
Their donations are housed in a 20,000 square-foot building that was built by the blood, sweat, and tears of community partners. They accept any donations to make a house a home, such as furniture, household items, linens and dishes, appliances and more.
Since they are the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida, in order to serve as much of the state’s homeless population as possible, they allocate their limited resources to only pre-qualified families and individuals.
In 30 years of service, The Mustard Seed of Central Florida has grown into a sustainable non-profit that is ever-adapting to the needs of the community.
Environmental Benefits of Furniture Donation
By choosing to donate furniture, you’re not only helping people get the rest they deserve, but you’re also lowering the environment’s pollution rate.
Now, thanks to organizations like The Mustard Seed of Central Florida and LoadUp, there are eco-friendly furniture recycling options available in Orlando that also support a good cause.
LoadUp donates as close to all of our furniture pickups in the Orlando area to the Mustard Seed of Central Florida and other organizations rather than sending it to a landfill.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported in 2015 the total tons of landfill waste managed in Orange county was 1,266,507. In 2018, that number increased to 2,346,413! 🤯
Since 2011, The Mustard Seed’s recycling program has deconstructed more than 120,753 mattresses, saving about 2.6 million cubic feet from landfills in Florida. To put that in perspective, that’s nearly enough to fill 30 Olympic swimming pools!
What You Can Do To Help
The staggering numbers of our landfills grow every year and the homeless population is still too high. Donating your gently-used furniture, clothing, appliances, and more all help families and individuals in serious need, while also diverting discarded goods from landfills.
A quick search online will provide plenty of local food pantries, thrift stores, furniture banks, and charities that need what you’re getting rid of. Call ahead before you head their way as they might not be open but still accepting drop-offs through a certain process for safety.
❓ Did you know: You receive a tax deduction for all charitable donations at local thrift stores.
Look up your local charities, non-profits, and furniture banks to see what their adjusted hours may be and if they’re currently accepting volunteers due to safety precautions. Many are still serving the community as much as they can and while they are no longer accepting groups, they welcome individual volunteers to help.
Make sure to volunteer not only your physical help but also your creativity. If you’re good with a camera or designing graphics, let them know that you would be willing to highlight their mission and improve their online presence to help them gain more volunteers, donations, and overall reach more people in need.
Get Reliable Furniture Donation Pick Up in Orlando FL
Whenever you find yourself getting rid of furniture, clothing, appliances, and other junk, it’s incredibly beneficial to you, the community, and the environment, to choose to work with companies that adapt their current operations to support non-profits and other charities.
Companies like LoadUp and The Mustard Seed of Central Florida bridge the gap between your desire to help those in need, while reducing the impact of furniture in our landfills.
So, if you can’t re-use, repurpose, or just don’t want it anymore, rely on LoadUp for licensed professionals that will either donate or take care of eco-friendly disposal.
Images by @MustardSeedofFL