There are several occasions when clients have excess furniture that they no longer want and are looking for a local resource to donate to.  They are thrilled when I tell them about The Green Chair Project.  Here is what they share about them on their website: The Green Chair Project reuses furnishings donated by our community to help our neighbors in need facing the challenges of homelessness, crisis and disaster. Lives change when families and individuals are nurtured and sustained in well-equipped homes. Jackie Craig and Beth Smoot found that friends and neighbors had too much stuff in their homes—stuff that no one wanted to waste, but was no longer needed. Jackie and Beth realized thousands of families attempting to move out of homelessness could not afford furniture and basic household items without assistance. With this in mind, the pair founded The Green Chair Project in 2010 to collect and reuse essential furnishings to benefit their Wake County neighbors in need.

I love the fact that they are helping others in our community that are struggling.  Not only that, but they do it with dignity.  The families are given the opportunity to “shop the showroom” for items that match their taste for a minimal cost.

In addition to that, they also make it super easy for people to donate.  In most cases, they will even come and pick it up from you as long as you have two of the core essentials.  This is what they share about it: our needed core essential items to donate including: sofas, loveseats, dinning/kitchen chairs and small dining tables, dressers, large upholstered chairs, bookcases, coffee tables, end tables, night stands, rocking chairs, side chairs, side tables, sofa tables and lamps. We will also pick up new or gently used working household items if you meet the two (2) essential item criteria. Household items include: dishware, coffee pots, crock pots, toaster ovens, microwaves, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, vacuum cleaners, framed artwork and linens. Please have your essential items boxed/bagged and sealed prior to pick up.  You can simply attach picture of the core essentials when scheduling their pick up.  The process is super convenient.  They will show you a calendar of pick-up dates and times that are available.  You also provide your email (they will send you a donation receipt) and a phone number that they will use to contact you when they are on their way.  It’s important to know that all donations need to be on the first level of the home or in a garage.  Another key point is that you need to be a resident of Wake County for the donation pick up.

If you would prefer to drop off donations to help their cause, you can also drop off donations at their location on Tuesdays from 10AM-2PM.  Here are some items that they accept for donation:

  • Please wash items like towels, sheets, comforters, etc. before donating.
  • Please clean items that have been stored in attics or garages.
  • Furnishings in good condition are preferred.  We reserve the right to decline items that are stained, outdated, have holes or tears, are in disrepair, or have pet damage or smoke odors.

They are also having an annual charity event coming up September 14-17.  Here are the details of that event!

Join us for this new & expanded version of our annual Charity event! Over 40 North Carolina designers will be re-imagining CHAIRS and ROOMS to provide children with a bed of their bed and families with the essential furnishings to make their house a home. This 2-day event will showcase our area’s top designers creating room and furniture displays comprised of new and reimagined pieces from top manufacturers contributing furniture, wallpaper, fabric, rugs, lighting & more.

Lifestyle programming throughout the event will feature local chefs, book authors, artists, and home furnishing experts. All sponsorships, ticket sales and the sale of furnishings on display will benefit the work of Green Chair.

I feel like I cannot praise The Green Chair Project enough for all they do for our community!  I hope this becomes a resource for you to use too!