Spring cleaning time of year: Make a difference by donating!

Spring cleaning time of year: Make a difference by donating!

It’s spring! Finally, after a long winter of waiting, we can all open our windows and clean our homes. While you’re cleaning and re-invigorating your house or apartment this spring, take a moment to think about how you can give back and improve the lives of others.

There are many organizations in Beaverton and in the surrounding area that provide residents with the opportunity to help others while de-cluttering their houses. You may have donated clothing to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or given food to a local food bank, but have you considered what you can do with your old furniture and appliances?

I recently visited the Community Warehouse, which is a furniture bank located in Tualatin, but serves the Portland metro area. The Community Warehouse is dedicated to supporting individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness into their new living spaces. They take community donations and provide them to people who are in need of new items for their homes. This organization plays a crucial role in making a house a home for many, by allowing them to choose essential items needed to start anew. From a comfortable sofa to a dining table where they can share meals, these pieces go a long way in bringing comfort and dignity to their lives.

As you sort through your belongings, I urge you to think about the items that have gone unused in the past year. Whether it’s furniture, home goods, or other household items, your donations can make a significant difference. The Community Warehouse ensures that your contributions directly support those who are striving to rebuild their lives.


Lacey Beaty was elected Mayor of Beaverton in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on the Beaverton City Council.