Editor's note: Some information has been updated from the print version of this story.
• Mission: The Bay Area Furniture Bank provides furniture and household items to the underserved in the community – an estimated 170,000 families in Santa Clara County qualify for housing and living assistance.
The Furniture Bank was founded in 2015 by Los Altos resident Ray Piontek, a U.S. Navy veteran and retired business executive. Piontek’s compassion and dedication are evident, but his business acumen results in an efficient, streamlined organization in which more than 97 percent of revenue generated goes directly to client services. Piontek himself still participates in much of the physical labor involved in transporting the furniture.