MILTON — The new headquarters for DIG Furniture Bank in Milton is 4 1/2 times larger than its previous location in Mifflinburg.
Emily Gorski, founder and executive director of DIG, said the new location at 13 S. Front St. will better serve clients in the area of Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties. The nonprofit celebrated its grand reopening with its third annual Fresh StART fundraising event on Saturday.
“DIG has been around for about three years and has operated on a pretty small-scale basis until now,” said Gorski. “This is a huge deal for us. There’s more space to store donated furniture here and it opens up new doors for clients to come and shop with us. It will give them the dignity to choose items that really speak to them rather than us picking for them.”
DIG was previously located in 2,000 square feet of space in a basement in downtown Mifflinburg. The new location has 9,000 square feet, she said.
“We’ve been doing the service and we’re going to keep doing the same service that we’ve always done,” said Gorski. “It’s just going to be enhanced in this bigger space. We’ll be able to accommodate more clients and more donations. We’re still the same old DIG, just bigger.”
DIG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote stability and restore dignity in the community by redirecting gently used furniture and household items to local families in need. Since beginning its work in March 2020, the organization has assisted more than 500 individuals in Union, Snyder, and Northumberland counties moving into housing after crises such as homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration and more.
“I knew the need was here in our community when I first founded DIG,” Gorski said. “I wasn’t sure how the donor turnout would work.