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As the community responds to the devastating tornado, we are putting out a call for the following items:

kitchen tables + chairs, couches, and small kitchen appliances 

household items such as place settings, cookware, bakeware, linens, towels, and new pillows

You can drop off between 10-3 Mon – Fri and 10-1 on Sat

The Furniture Project


Sometimes life doesn’t quite turn out the way you would’ve hoped for. Unexpected hardship can happen to any individual, group, or family at various stages in life. We are here to show you that you’re loved and welcome in our community.


Who We are

Our mission

Provide assistance to those
in-need within our community. We want to not only provide furniture but also inspire hope to show them that their neighbors care about them.

About Us

Founder and Omaha Firefighter Drew Gerken spends his free time delivering furniture and hope to those in-need. Often joined by colleagues, friends, and other volunteers.


Your donations are deeply appreciated and are of critical importance for continuing to build and expand our services. Thank you for joining us in our mission to bring hope by helping our neighbors in need by donating your time, your furniture items, or by making a financial contribution.

Get involved where it matters

Connect with us and make a real difference to the life of those in need.

Get Involved

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially, donate furniture, or as advocate for good.

Learn more about our mission

If you are interested but not quite convinced The Furniture Project fits your profile, contact us and we would be more than happy to explain further on how you can give back to your community.

Our motto

Hope is everything

The Firefighter Providing Furniture

Mike and the crew touch down in Omaha, Nebraska to meet Drew Gerken, a firefighter who also helps families getting onto their feet by providing them with furniture and household items.

Posted by Returning The Favor on Thursday, February 27, 2020

Returning the favor

In December of 2019, Mike Rowe and his film-crew came into town to meet with Drew.


The seed that would grow into the Furniture Project was planted in 2013, when Drew Gerken and several of his colleagues on the Omaha Fire Department met a family who did not have any furniture. When asked where they slept, the children showed the firefighters their suitcases and said that they put some of their clothing on the floor and cover up in the remaining. The firefighters returned to the fire station and decided that they must try to do something. They reached out via Facebook and within a day were able to fully furnish this small apartment and had a few things left over. That first family may have no idea what an impact they made on the firefighters that day, but they continue to inspire us to go out and serve those in need in our community.

We are here to help!

If you, your group, or family are going through a rough patch, and are not currently working with a social service agency, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We will do our best to connect you with the right organization to make a referral. It’s 100% safe and non-judgmental. We care about YOU!

get involved

how you can help

Monetary Donation

Your generosity makes our work possible. 100% of your financial contribution goes to the project.

Donate Furniture

If you have any furniture you would like to donate, we will gladly accept your contribution.

Join our Efforts

Want to volunteer your time or help spread the word about The Furniture Project?