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Five Triangle Nonprofits to Unite for Second Annual MLK Day Donation Drive

On January 15th, The Green Chair Project, Kramden Institute, WAKE Up and Read, Boys and Girls Club and Note in the Pocket will join forces to collect in-kind donations to support their respective missions and provide crucial resources to vulnerable children and families across the Triangle.

RALEIGH, NC – The Green Chair Project is excited to announce its 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day collaboration with Durham’s Kramden Institute and Boys & Girls Club of Durham & Orange County alongside Raleigh’s Note in the Pocket and WAKE Up and Read. Following the success of the 2023 MLK Donation Drive, the collaborative effort was expanded to include two separate collection locales in both Raleigh and Durham and two new local nonprofits. 

“We partner with over 100 nonprofits and national agencies daily to provide Wake County children and families with household essentials. This kind of hands-on, collaborative impact is at the core of our organization’s mission, and to not only repeat last year’s event but to expand its outreach to two separate locales is incredibly exciting,” states Rae Marie Czuhai, Chief Executive Officer of The Green Chair Project.

“Our second annual MLK Day Donation Drive is intended not only to supply essentials directly to our neighbors in need but also to echo the advocacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We’re fortunate to work alongside four other compassionate organizations to empower our community & equip its next generation of leaders.”

Together, the five Triangle nonprofits will collect in-kind donations of household furnishings, gently used tech, school-aged reading materials and new/gently used clothing. On Monday, January 15th, the drive-thru donation collections in both locales will last from 10 AM to 2 PM. Specific organizations will operate each site and collect distinct mission-oriented items.

The Raleigh location, 1853 Capital Boulevard, will be hosted by staff and volunteers from The Green Chair Project Headquarters, WAKE Up and Read and Note in the Pocket. The organizations ask that all donations be cleaned and sorted into household essentials, school-aged books, and gently used clothing before arrival.

A few of this year’s most needed new/gently-used items collected at the Raleigh locale include:

  • Couches, Upholstered Chairs, Dining Tables and Chairs
  • Dressers, Side Tables, Lamps, Wall Art and Accessories
  • Dishware, Small Kitchen Appliances and Utensils
  • K-12 Shirts, Pants, Shoes, Coats and New Underwear/Socks in Original Packaging
  • School-Aged (K-8) Reading Materials

“We are very excited to partner with some amazing Triangle nonprofits for our second annual MLK donation drive!” says Development Director of Note in the Pocket, Sarah Caldwell. “These partnerships are crucial as we work to meet the growing need in our community and an excellent way for individuals to support their neighbors.”

The new Durham location, 1010 Martin Luther King Pkwy, will be hosted by staff and volunteers from The Green Chair Project, Kramden Institute,  Note in the Pocket and the Boys and Girls Club of Durham & Orange County. The organizations again ask all donations be cleaned and sorted before arrival into the following categories: household essentials, new/gently-used tech, infant/adult clothing and winter coats prior to arrival.

A few of this year’s most needed new/gently-used items collected at the Durham locale include:

  • Couches, Upholstered Chairs, Dining Tables and Chairs
  • Dressers, Side Tables, Lamps, Wall Art and Accessories
  • Dishware, Small Kitchen Appliances and Utensils
  • K-12 Shirts, Pants, Shoes, Coats and New Underwear/Socks in Original Packaging
  • Laptops, Desktops, All-in-Ones, and Flat Screen Monitors
  • Winter Coats for Adults & Children

“What’s waste or surplus to you, your family, or your business is a tool for more Carolinians to thrive in a digital society,” states Cyndy Yu-Robinson, Executive Director of the Kramden Institute in Durham. “Kramden loves its continued partnership with The Green Chair Project because we believe a computer is a household necessity and they help us deliver on our mission.”

As always, all donations to The Green Chair Project will support local Wake County families facing the challenges of homelessness, crisis, disasters and other unforeseen circumstances. Uniquely, thanks to the collaborative nature of the event, the five participating nonprofits’ outreach will service a greater population of the local Triangle community and beyond.

To see a complete list of donatable items and further details on the 2024 MLK Day Drive, explore thegreenchair.org/news. For those looking to volunteer at the Raleigh locale, connect with the Volunteer Coordinator of The Green Chair Project, Sarah Beth May at [email protected]. For those looking to volunteer at the Durham location, connect with the Development Director of Note in the Pocket, Sarah Caldwell at [email protected].

While this MLK Donation Drive is intended to collect tangible, in-kind donations, community members looking to show support via financial donation or monetary pledge can connect with Czuhai directly or explore www.thegreenchairproject.org/ for year-round giving opportunities. For individuals looking to support the efforts of all other collaborative organizations, visit the respective websites (listed below) of each participating nonprofit for more information on upcoming volunteer and donation opportunities.

Participating Partners

About The Green Chair Project: 

The Green Chair Project is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that reuses furnishings donated by our community to help our neighbors in need facing the challenges of homelessness, crisis, or disaster. The organization partners with 90+ agencies and nonprofits to provide referred clients with the essential furnishings they need to live sustainably in their new homes.

Since its founding in 2010, The Green Chair Project has helped more than 19,000 children & families rebuild their lives. Community support makes these new beginnings possible. Donations of new or gently used furniture, bed and bath linens, kitchen and cookware may be dropped off at 1853 Capital Blvd. For more information surrounding The Green Chair Project’s impact, advocacy or how to get involved, explore www.thegreenchairproject.org.

About Note in the Pocket:

Founded in 2013, Note in the Pocket (NITP) provides quality clothing to impoverished and homeless children and families with dignity and love. NITP believes that it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development, because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. NITP works with school social workers and case managers from 12 other agencies in Wake County and Durham to identify students in need and prepare seasonal wardrobes of two weeks’ worth of outfits customized to each child’s specific sizes and styles. By providing personalized, high-quality clothing items that children can be proud to wear, NITP empowers them to succeed in their academic and social environments. To learn more, visit www.noteinthepocket.org.

About Kramden Institute:

Kramden Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides technology and training to bridge the digital divide. Since 2003, Kramden has collected, wiped data, refurbished, and awarded 49,000 computers to low income families at no or low cost across North Carolina through individual and business equipment donations and grant support. Since 2014, Kramden has also provided digital literacy and STEM training to 8600+ persons of all ages. Kramden is a recognized national leader in digital equity. For more information, explore www.kramden.org.

About WAKE Up and Read: 

WAKE Up and Read is a community coalition of 30+ committed organizations working together toward one common goal — improving childhood literacy. As a coalition, WAKE Up and Read is united in its belief that literacy is a right for all, not a privilege for the advantaged. By focusing on three areas key to children’s reading success: School Readiness, Learning Opportunities and Family Partners, the collective aligns its serves to move the needle on third-grade reading proficiency and school success in Wake County. By connecting families with resources and programs, the organizations support growing learners and ensure every child is ready to succeed!

About The Boys and Girls Club of Durham & Orange County:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (BGCDOC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and protecting children while preserving the beauty and innocence of childhood. We aim to make a fundamental difference in the lives of all youth, but especially those who need guidance the most, by providing a safe alternative for youth between the ages of 6 and 18.