ACTON – A local nonprofit recently received major support from three state officials to keep operations going during the coronavirus pandemic.
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, with state Reps. Tami Gouveia and Danillo Sena secured an earmark of $250,000 in the COVID-19 Supplemental Budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on July 24. According to a press release from Eldridge’s office, that money was earmarked for Household Goods, the nonprofit organization based out of Acton that takes in different forms of upholstery and gives it back to the recently homeless, veterans, victims of fires and families on minimum wage.
The organization served more than 2,700 households with 60,000 household items in 2019.
“As someone whose first volunteering experience upon returning home to Acton after graduating from college was at Household Goods, I have always been a strong champion of Household Goods, and I am so proud to see the nonprofit grow over the past twenty years and serve tens of thousands of Massachusetts families,” Eldridge said in the release. “That’s why I was so pleased to work with Household Goods Executive Director Sharon Martens and the board of directors to advocate for financial support to allow Household Goods to expand, and I’m proud to have filed a successful amendment in the Senate COVID-19 Relief Supplemental Budget for $250,000 in June, towards that purpose.”
The organization operates out of a small facility on Main Street, making it difficult for staffers to address the continuing needs of residents during the coronavirus pandemic. With the earmarked funding, Household Goods would be able to complete a 4,000-square-foot renovation project that would allow the organization to process more donations while having its volunteers social distance.
“Household Goods is grateful to Sen. Jamie Eldridge for the $250,000 local earmark,” Martens said in the release. “The earmark will be used to fund our ‘Build the Way Home’ capital project. New social-distancing and quarantine protocols, in response to COVID-19 has made the need for the project even more critical. An improved on-site traffic flow and additional space to store, prepare, and provide donated household items to people in need will allow us to furnish more homes, free of charge, while keeping our clients, donors, volunteers, and staff as safe as possible.”