MOUNT VERNON — HopeNow, Inc., a local 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was recently notified by the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County that it has been awarded a grant to purchase a forklift, which will be used for moving its furniture inventory at the warehouse.
HopeNow is unique in its services to the Knox County community. Its mission is to collect gently-used household furnishings from donors and distribute them to Knox County residents in need, free of charge.
HopeNow has recently moved into a 9,600-square-foot warehouse provided by Ariel Corp. at 1025 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, to accommodate the increasing demand for its services. Currently more than 50 families per month are being helped with furniture needs at the warehouse. Donors can call 740-358-2998 to arrange a free pickup of furniture, and families in need can call 740-358-1277 to request assistance.
“We applaud HopeNow for its dedication and focus on providing household essentials for families in stress. We are pleased to support the expansion of their vital mission in our community,” said Sam Barone, Community Foundation executive director.
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County is comprised of several hundred unrestricted, designated scholarship and donor-advised funds. Founded in 1944 as the Mount Vernon Community Trust, the Foundation is governed by a board of community volunteers.