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In Our Community

Art Van Furniture is a name synonymous with superior quality, service and customer satisfaction. And as with the company that bears his name, Mr. Art Van Elslander has a deep commitment not only to his customers and his 3600 employees, but to the community at large.

America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture

A quarter century ago, America’s Thanksgiving Parade was on the verge of collapse. Art Van Elslander made a historic donation that saved the parade, one of Michigan’s most beloved traditions. Since then, Mr. Art Van Elslander, his children and grandchildren and many Art Van Furniture Associates have made it their tradition to walk in the parade. Mr. Van became the parade’s presenting sponsor in 2013, a great source of pride for the company’s entire team. Today, America’s Thanksgiving Parade is broadcast nationwide, and our special tradition is shared with millions of families across the U.S.

Art Van Charity Challenge

Art Van Furniture is proud of its long-standing reputation for strong commitment to philanthropic involvement.

Because we receive hundreds of requests each year, our budget is carefully determined in order to maximize the benefit to those in need. In 2016, Art Van Furniture has concentrated its funds toward charities in the Art Van Charity Challenge through grants and bonus prizes. Due to existing pledges we are no longer excepting sponsorship or donation requests at this time.

Please know that we wish you great success in your efforts.

If you are interested in participating in the Art Van Charity Challenge in 2017, please email and you will receive an email when there is a launch date towards the end of 2016.

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Feeding the Hungry

Focus: HOPE
In 2011, Art Van Furniture donated $50,000 to Focus: HOPE. In 2012, the company has committed $1 million in funding and over $20,000 worth of food, books, art supplies, and mattresses. Art Van Furniture's support will go even further, in the form of quarterly fundraising and friend-raising events in its stores. Mr. Van Elslander was a close friend of Focus: HOPE's co-Founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and said this about the company's commitment to carrying on her work: "Eleanor had such a strong impact on so many lives. Keeping her spirit, her legacy and her work alive is imperative." Learn more.

Forgotten Harvest
Forgotten Harvest, one of the original Art Van Furniture Million Dollar Charity Challenge grant recipients, was chosen for a special $1 Million contribution because it is a vital source of food to many of our charity partners and to the community. The Art Van Furniture donation will enable Forgotten Harvest to provide the equivalent of five million meals, or roughly 14,000 meals per day. Forgotten Harvest is America's most efficient food rescue organization. Part of our work with Forgotten Harvest is support of the Good Neighbors Holiday Campaign. Learn more.

Furniture Donation

Working with the many charities and nonprofits we have built relationships with over the years, Art Van Furniture is proud to help distribute donated furniture to those in need.

Used Furniture Pickup
Are you replacing furniture in your home and would like to donate your used furnishings that are still in good condition? Below is a list of community organizations that can come and pick up your donation. Choose from the list below to contact the organization closest to you!

Area Organization Phone Number
Calhoun County Habitat for Humanity 269-441-1038
Bay City Area Do-All Material Assistance Center 989-894-0764
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity 810-766-9089
Holland Holland Rescue Mission Family Thrift Store 616-355-6221
Grand Rapids In the Image 616-456-6150
Grand Rapids Bethany Christian Services 616-224-7540
Greater Livingston County Love in the Name of Christ Furniture Ministry 810-494-4063
Jackson Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity ReStore 517-784-7640
Jackson St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 517-783-2861
Jackson The Aware Shelter 517-783-2861
Kalamazoo/Portage Kalamazoo Deacons Conference 269-344-7333 ext 11
Kalamazoo/Portage YWCA 269-345-5595
Kalamazoo Residential Opportunities, Inc. 269-250-8234
Lansing St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 517-484-5395 ext 10
Macomb County Furniture Bank 248-332-1300
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity 586-468-2360
Macomb County St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Macomb County Salvation Army A.R.C. Thrift Store 866-448-3866
Muskegon Muskegon Rescue Mission 231-777-1808
Oakland County Furniture Bank 248-332-1300
Oakland County Grace Centers of Hope 855-435-7424
Oakland County Humble Design 248-243-7144
Oakland County St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Port Huron St. Vincent de Paul - Thrift Store 877-788-4623
Saginaw Saginaw Rescue Mission 989-752-6051
Traverse City Father Fred Foundation 231-947-2055
Illinois The Community Shop 708-579-2425

Our Focus

Art Van Furniture impacts the
community in the following ways: