Navigant's 'Banking for Beds' to help provide furnishings to those in need

Navigant's 'Banking for Beds' to help provide furnishings to those in need

SMITHFIELD - Navigant Credit Union has launched an effort to help Rhode Islanders in need rest more comfortably with its Banking for Beds program.

Navigant is now selling symbolic "bed" placards at each of its 13 locations, including at its branches in Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield, Pawtucket and Woonsocket. Proceeds from all the sales will go toward the Furniture Bank of Rhode Island.

Twin-sized bed placards cost $1, queen-sized cost $5 and king-sized cost $10.

"There are people all across our state who struggle to afford the furnishings they need," said Navigant Credit Union President and CEO Gary Furtado. "We're excited to spread the word and lend our support to the Furniture Bank of Rhode Island and its efforts to improve the quality of life for needy Rhode Islanders."

The Furniture Bank of Rhode Island, located at 20 River Ave. in Providence, solicits donations of quality furniture and household items. These items are passed on to qualified individuals and families who have been referred to the Furniture Bank by a member network of more than 85 social service agencies.

"It's our mission to make houses into homes," said Mary Landreville, executive director of the Furniture Bank of Rhode Island. "We see so many people who struggle to get a good night's rest or to sit comfortably after a hard day's work. We are grateful to Navigant Credit Union for recognizing these basic needs and their help for those who are least able to afford it."

The Banking for Beds Program will continue through Labor Day.