2009: How Christine Mosholder is using The Furniture Trust to help local schools and non-profits

Christine Mosholder, Fort Point Project Management Managing Partner, founded The Furniture Trust in 2009 when she was conversing with union carpenter, John Riley, about the quantity of excess office furniture post-move.

Observing tens of thousands of pieces of abandoned furniture being sent to a landfill every year, Christine and John said, “There must be a better way.” They founded The Furniture Trust with a mission to connect excess office furniture with local schools and nonprofits. By example, Medford Vocational Technical High School was gifted $250,000 worth of lab equipment from The Furniture Trust. As a result, Medford reallocated this money from their operating to their teachers and other crucial resources. Since the beginning of 2009, The Furniture Trust has grown from a grass-roots movement, involving primarily carpenters, warehousing, and furniture vendors to having more than 8 full and part time employees working to support the mission of environmentally and socially responsible disposition. Founder, Christine Mosholder, says her proudest accomplishment with The Furniture Trust is the yearly Eco-Carpentry Challenge. The Eco-Carpentry Challenge showcases amazing projects designed and built by local high school students using recycled furniture provided by Boston’s generous corporate donors. The goal of the annual Challenge is to educate students and teachers about the value of recycling, while providing a creative opportunity for students to demonstrate their carpentry skills transforming old furniture into new products. Mosholder says that the event “has impacted more than 1,000 students and instilled an appreciation of upcycling.” Mosholder continues to say, “What’s more impressive is that it has grown into a powerful way for students to give back to their local communities. “In addition to the local Eco-Carpentry Challenge, The Furniture Trust holds yearly Back to School programs committed to re-purposing excess office supplies from large, corporate office moves. A great example of this is The Furniture Trust outfitting eight third grade classes in Lawrence with school supplies initially left behind on corporate moves. Inspired? Check out thefurnituretrust.org for more information on how to get involved!